The dust has settled on our pub-theatre production Double Barrel: The Signalman & The Black Cat, and we’ve had time to recover and look back over what we’ve done.
The production was an experiment for us right from the start, full of questions and uncertainties.
- Could we effectively adapt Dickens and Poe for such a stripped down performance?
- Could we build the required atmosphere for both peices in such unpredictable and uncontrollable environments as a pub room?
- And would there even be an audience for such a show?
From audience and reviewer response we’re happy to say that we think the answer to all three might be a “Yes”.
Personally, we’ve had such a thrilling series of shows, performing to packed out rooms (even sadly turning people away – a bittersweet problem to have), loving every nervous look and shriek of surprise the audience gave out, and revelling in performing so close to the audience, even amongst them. For Gemma it marked the first experience Directing and based on the results will not be her last. Our cast of Joe Gregory and Bill Laughey were a joy to work with – and became almost psychic in their interactions. And Julia Smith‘s work and support once again proved that she is beyond compare. The support of the pubs has also been brilliant – with a special nod of the cap to the wonderful Mary and Kelly at Thomas’s of York, who also provided us with a real pub environment to rehearse in. As with every production, we’re always bowled over by the huge support we receive from so many people. You know who you are. Thankyou. It’s been a fantastic experience.
We’ve learnt a great deal of lessons too – ways in which we could move forward with this style of performance. Every production reveals many ways we could improve, both in performance and planning – and this is no exception.
But we’re in love with Pub Theatre now – and with that in mind, DOUBLE BARREL #2 will be arriving next March!!
Stay tuned for the details – in the meantime you may wish to see what Hedgepig are planning next…