This is the first of a few reflections I’ll write about my experience co-producing Colder (by Lachlan Philpott) directed by the awesome Michelle Miall, which will be playing as part of the Indie season at La Boite Theatre.
As I write this we are a smidgen over six weeks from opening. I have just been to a rehearsal and had the joy of watching this beautiful cast work through some of the demands and complexities of the script.
There’s something special about getting to eavesdrop in on the creative process of theatre artists. Some might argue that this can detract from the experience of the finished work, but for me being able to share in the discoveries that artists are making as they are making them only serves to deepen my connection. That this “eavesdropping” is necessarily part of the role of a producer doesn’t by any extent diminish the feeling of joy I had tonight on my way home.
Why? Well there’s another very important role of a producer particularly early on that I akin to a giant umbrella. It might be sunny outside, it might be miserable rain, the thing is though, that in a rehearsal room none of that matters. The umbrella is there to protect the space in which we ask the artist to go to work, and if it’s done correctly it should hardly be noticed.
So a big thank you to Alison, Chris, Helen, Kerith, Kevin, and Tony our beloved cast for your efforts and the steps you’ve taken so far. I can’t wait until next rehearsal.
Meanwhile, there is so much to do. *
But for now, enough from me.
Yours in theatre,
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- Keep an eye out in the next few days for our new poster image!