“Something as simple as a sound effect – for example, the ticking clocks in an antique shop – can provide a real sense of place.”
“Every line is attempting to do more than one thing at a time and – like the principle of doublethink – can express two truths simultaneously.”
“A session of work on the final moments in the play prompted a discussion about whether it was actually possible for one man to change the world.”
“The aim, Robert [Icke] and Duncan [Macmillan] told the assembled cast on the first day [of 1984 rehearsals], would be to interpret the novel while accurately capturing its inherent ambiguities and presenting them in a theatrical form.”
by Dr David Eldridge
In his original incarnation, Patrick Bateman is (literally) deadly dull.
His life is hollow, defined by designer clothes, exclusive restaurants and elaborate personal grooming routines – all described in excruciatingly banal detail. Regarded by his own attorney as a “brown-nosed goody-goody,” Bateman strives so hard to fit in with his elitist Wall Street culture that he becomes totally indistinguishable from his arrogant yuppie peers.
American Psycho is up and running — here’s a look back at rehearsals as members of the cast share their thoughts on this new musical thriller.
The Almeida Theatre currently has seven young people starting off their careers through internships, apprentices and student placements. On 14 November, the group met to discuss how their experiences were getting on.
The conversation included Gala Assistant Intern Lucy McCallum, Community Arts Apprentice Lauren La Rocque, Technical Theatre Apprentice Jack Hurley, Michael Webstall, on a student placement in Projects department from the Central School of Speech and Drama; Evangeline Dunn, on a student placement in stage management from the Royal Academy of Art and Drama; Beth Carle, on a student placement in stage management from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; and Martha Quigley, Marketing and Office Intern. Below is an excerpt from their conversation.
This year, the Almeida Theatre is one of several around London taking on Community Arts Apprentices in various areas of the theatre. This week, Lauren La Rocque shares her thoughts on working with Almeida Projects so far:
A table for two at Dorsia? Ha! As rehearsals for American Pyscho continue, we ask our cast which restaurant they are dying to get a reservation at. Here’s what they said: