Friday, 22 November 2013

The Set is Taking Shape...

We caught up with Lisa Thomas, set designer for Hidden Spire to see what we can expect when we watch the show next month.

"As Set and Costume Designer for Hidden Spire my challenge is to create an interesting set, source and customise costumes and then work with Crisis members to create it all! The setting for the Hidden Spire is an old, dated, run down clock shop which is stuck in the past even though the world has moved on. I wanted the design to be slightly quirky, with interesting angles and circles to reflect the clocks. The focus of the set will be the back wall of the shop which will be covered in clocks of all shapes and sizes. If you have any old clocks you'd like to donate then please bring then along to the Old Fire Station by the 9th December. Any will be appreciated!" 

Here's a taster of what you can expect...

Saturday, 16 November 2013

How To Create A Story

How do you create a play? We had a chat with Peter Spafford, writer for Hidden Spire 2013 to see how one goes about putting a story together.

Hidden Spire is a devised piece so when the project started in September, we essentially had no idea what would be produced at the end. The only starting point we had was that the theme of 'chance' seemed to resonate with many involved - Crisis Members and professionals alike. Here's what Peter had to say...

"After early discussions and swapping of stories, it soon became apparent that our different attitudes to luck/fate represent quite fundamental approaches to life itself. In this regard, the journey of creating the play has been an ongoing joint enquiry into the biggest question of all: how best to approach change in our lives?"

So how do these ideas and discussions turn into a script?

"Some of the most productive time was undoubtedly spent in the three writing sessions in which the writing group hammered out the basics of the characters and the story. But many different factors have formed the final version of the play: discussions in rehearsals; improvisations in movement, song, and dialogue; chats in corridors or over coffee upstairs half-way through rehearsals."

Want to know more? Come along to the show to see the finished article!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Rehearsals Begin

This Monday just gone, actors, singers, dancers and performers be they professionals, Crisis members and amateurs alike, came together for the first rehearsal of Hidden Spire 2013.

Throughout the whole process of forming Hidden Spire through workshops and Play Days, Crisis members and professionals have had equal input. Seeing people's creativity flourish has been a wonderful thing but another element of the project has also been incredibly rewarding; commitment.  
"The lives of many people we have been working with are unpredictable and liable to change and day, at a moments notice" Lizzy McBain, Creative Director, comments. So while all of these workshops, session and rehearsals have been open and accessible and people have thoroughly enjoyed themselves, seeing members who are involved in the project show such strong commitment has been wonderful in itself.

As the project is nearing it's show date (it's 12th -13th in case it's not already in your diary!), those who have committed to the project are now learning their lines and forming the show. It was tentative and shy at stages and bold and confident the next, and good fun was had by all!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

We now know the story!

It's been a tense wait, but after many Play Days, workshops, discussions, writing sessions and late nights, Hidden Spire 2013 now has its story. Peter Spafford, writer for Hidden Spire 2013 gives us a teaser...

The Clock Shop is the oldest business in town. Calvin is a master craftsman, inheriting the shop through four generations. But things are changing. These days customers would rather buy a new clock than pay to have it mended. Added to that, an even bigger quandary faces Calvin. His step-mother has died leaving the business jointly to himself and his half-brother. Happy-go-lucky Alwyn and the meticulous Calvin have never got on. Can Calvin find a way of buying Alwyn out? Or will he have to sell his precious livelihood?

But it isn't just Calvin whose future hangs on a thread. Frances has been working on the books for twenty years; she has been engaged to Cal for as long. Edwina, the loyal neighbour, spends most of her time at the shop. And Ricky, supplier of parts and good humour, looks up to Calvin as a kind of father. Will their lives together be swept away like so many loose cogs and wheels off a worktable?

When Calvin demands their advice, each of the characters must put themselves on the line. Consult the fates, throw the dice, see the crisis as a business opportunity, or sit tight and wait out the storm?

The decision must be made – tonight, before Mr.Gumm the solicitor arrives in the morning.

Now if you we're tempted before, surely you are now?

Tickets are still available - just click on the link to the right. 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Hidden Spire Play Day No.2

We showed you the pictures from the first Hidden Spire Play Day and now here is the second. The story and ideas are developing and you can even begin to see some set design taking place.

Crisis Skylight members and professional artists sang, danced, acted and crafted all afternoon. Once again, every element focused on the theme of chance with the idea of building up the story.