With my background in theatre, I am always interested in helping talented young companies so last Sunday I went along to Greenwich Theatre, which, shockingly, I had never been to before. It has a beautiful auditorium and seats enough people to feel like you are at a big event whilst still feeling intimate.
I was there for four hours to film not one but two trailers for two different shows, neither of which I had seen- and still haven’t, yet. The City and Iris and No Man’s Land are both devised and produced by Glass-Eye Theatre. In order to keep costs down we agreed with Cath, the Artistic Director, that she would produce a shot list and I would go in and film whatever they had prepared with only two hours filming time per show. We worked relentlessly for nearly five hours – we cheated and ran over a little. There was barely enough time to introduce me properly to both companies but everyone worked remarkably hard and gave me everything I needed, including plenty of patience and a cup tea after being caught in the rain.
Chris and I then spent two packed days editing together the footage from the feeling I got of the shows and also the narrative outline supplied to us by Cath. I think they have both come out beautifully which is a testament to planning, hard work and the talented young companies performing the shows.
The City and Iris:
No Man’s Land:
No Man’s Land is playing at the Blue Elephant Theatre at the end of March 2013. Go see it!