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Ghost Hunters .. The Final Week

Barbara —  December 15, 2014 — 2 Comments

Mr Quill .. and a friend

Mr Quill .. and a friend

The final week is upon us and I can honestly say, I’m a tiny bit worn out. What with the demands of life (extra ones at present, but that’s by the way), and everything that a show demands if you really want to go the extra mile, it takes its toll. Not that I’m complaining, I love the extra mile. In fact, I don’t consider it extra at all, which means that there’s another one after the one I don’t count as extra. There really is no stopping. If you want to get the best result you can possibly get you just keep going until the first night. And then a bit more …. Anyway, Jim Rolt popped along and took some pics of Act I yesterday. We had only just got to a point where the ‘venue’ (which is a lovely old school) had emptied itself of children so we could get on with the important set building tasks. One of my favourite moments. The pics here are some of the best. Above is a seriously creepy moment where Mr Quill (played by Mark Cox) appears completely unaware he is being watched ….

Some people make quite a big deal about trying to communicate

Some people make quite a big deal about trying to communicate

Others prefer to actively court communication with the ‘others’. Miss Divine is played by Ness Thomas and, according to her, she is a ‘sensitive’. Or is she? The problem with ‘Ghost Hunters’ is it isn’t always easy to tell who is doing what, when and how (don’t even think about ‘why’). But we are talking other dimensions here, so I see no reason why it should be. Continue Reading…

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Ghost Hunters Trailer is here!

Barbara —  November 23, 2014 — 5 Comments


So excited about this!
A trailer for a stage play? Well, yes.
We love making films and the trailer idea is great fun to create and gives a sneak preview of lots of things that actually aren’t in the play at all….
For instance, all the lines ARE from the play, so are the sound effects and music (and the characters, obviously). But, at present we don’t have a ‘set’ to film on, so we used all kinds of other locations to film. Meaning .. you get the idea of the play without seeing any of the locations or sets. I suppose you could see it as all the things the characters do when they aren’t on stage!
More on the play later…
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Groovy Stills from the Trailer

Barbara —  November 10, 2014 — 2 Comments

Creepy ghost hunting going on

Creepy ghost hunting going on

Just a quick post to share a few of the stills I’ve extracted from the trailer footage. With Jim’s camera work and the atmospheric lighting we created, plus ideas from everyone, I think we’ll have a creepy trailer coming up soon. Continue Reading…

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A rare event - the whole cast present at a rehearsal! YAY!

A rare event – the whole cast present at a rehearsal! YAY!

This week we rehearsed (and it was GOOD) and we filmed the trailer. This is very exciting. Very very exciting. I hope the low level spooky lighting comes out well. I haven’t uploaded anything from the camera yet, so I have no idea what I’ll see. Well, that’s not true, I was there at the time watching Jim film and actually I have a very good idea of what I will see on film. You see! I just can’t tell a lie (for long). Meanwhile Alex (helping with direction & operating lights) took a jolly nice pic of the whole cast rehearsing a scene. Yes, you heard … the WHOLE cast, together in one room on the same night. Crumbs.

Anyway, after last week’s tantalising post revealing key lines from the play, I imagine you’ll be wanting more. I also imagine that I imagine that because I like to imagine things, rather than the fact that you actually do want more. But, I’m doing it anyway because I like to live in a fantasy world….

MORE KEY LINES:
(These are lines that I recorded the cast speaking this week to go on the trailer – have I mentioned the trailer?)

I like a solo piano. A poignant moment in which to reflect on the loneliness that exists within each one of us.
I just thought you should realise that this is not a comedy … deep eh?
Come on, let us dance …
But there is dancing (sort of)
Why is there only ever one chair?
And some bits are funny – ish (ok, it’s visual) Just realised you had this one last week – it must be important! Contemplate this one …
There is so much that we simply do not understand
You’re telling me! Key phrase for the whole play!
We are not alone
Eeeeeek!

Anyway, on that scary note I shall retreat into the world of film footage and see if I have enough from the half hour available to make a 2 minute trailer.

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There really is no hope for me ...

There really is no hope for me …

Last night we had a good rehearsal and I took a few pics with my phone. Trouble is .. well, let’s be honest .. I’m rubbish at taking photos, I was using my phone and the lighting was dim (we were going for ‘creepy’). Result = grainy pics of uninteresting moments. Enter my new app for editing photos. I can’t stop playing. So, this week I discovered the ‘vintage’ button and the graininess suddenly seems irrelevant. Ok, they’re not brilliant photos, but at least you have something to look at.. that should count for something. This pic (above) is of Mark Cox, taken in virtually no light at all (apart from the beam of light on his face). I can’t tell you what he was doing. Mainly because I can’t remember which ‘creepy – looking worried/bothered – surprised’ moment it is. Even if I could, I still wouldn’t tell you. It’s all top secret. But, I can tell you that his character is one of the Ghost Hunters. The question is .. do they actually experience any ghosts? When you hunt, you expect to catch something. Continue Reading…

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This is what the set will NOT look like for Act II of Ghost Hunters. Great isn't it?

This is what the set will NOT look like for Act II of Ghost Hunters. Great isn’t it?

Usually when I write a play I have it finished before we start rehearsing (well, ok .. not ALWAYS, but usually). At the very least I know what should be happening. The ending is reasonably clear; so are the characters, the plot, the place etc … I usually know what is going on. Enter The Ghost Hunters. Ummmmmm. We started looking at this in June. Ages ago. We looked at the first three pages, played around with it and discovered what a few of the characters sounded like. We carried on the following week with a few more pages. Enter more characters. Who are they? What are they doing here? Changing characters and lines as things moved forward. What do they all know – who do they know – how do they … etc. Every week we have worked out the plot, the characters and the lines. As soon as we gather for rehearsal my first item is ‘Please throw away pages 12 – 15 – these are the new pages’. Like a TV or film script that is subject to many changes on a daily basis, we’ve allowed our script to evolve … and now (I hope!) it is ready…. Continue Reading…

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Ghost Hunters News!

Barbara —  September 1, 2014 — Leave a comment
The flyer for our spooky show in December

The flyer for our spooky show in December

Well, a quick post to introduce the Ghost Hunters Flyer anyway!
You can book this show via the Offbeat site (from Monday September 15th) OR you can pick up a ticket from St Richard’s School, Bredenbury.
Please note: We are using the school as our ‘stage’ but this is an adult show with an adult cast (some more than others …). Kids are welcome though – but not too young please! We are TRYING to be scary…. and deep (at the same time).
More info, pics etc over the next few months.

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..by allowing subjective experiences such as ‘feelings’ to impose on your otherwise objective view, Mr Trump, you are in grave danger of then engaging with ‘stories’. One leads to the other. It is a dangerous path to tread.

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Lines from ‘The Ghost Hunters’

Week 3 - setting up some rehearsal sound. Spot the poser ...

Week 3 – setting up some rehearsal sound. Spot the background poser …

Yes, I know it’s week 3 but I just haven’t got round to blogging. I abandoned my blog a while ago – we’d been spending far too much time together and I needed a break. It happens. But now we’re back together and things are good. So .. Ghost Hunters? What, who, when and how? Ghost Hunters marks the first play that I’ve written and/or directed for years that won’t take place on a stage. Me and the stage, well .. we’d just been spending too much time together. It happens. Years ago I was part of a theatre company that never performed on stage. We performed in many strange and exciting spaces, but (almost – if I’m honest) never on a stage. I want to go back to that form of theatre. The strange, the unusual, the creative and challenging – both the material and the process. Something very different. Continue Reading…

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Ghosts on Stage

Barbara —  February 28, 2014 — Leave a comment
One of my favourite ghosts from 'Gorgeous Gerald and the Ghost'. You can probably tell which one is the ghost (if you can't my costume design has failed)

One of my favourite ghosts from ‘Gorgeous Gerald and the Ghost’. You can probably tell which one is the ghost (if you can’t my costume design has failed)

What is it about ghosts? Why are they so fascinating on stage? Personally, I just love the murky, shady world of the unknowable land of the dead. Putting them on stage is a challenge I relish. They crop up rather a lot in my plays as well, so that’s just as well really. Ghosts, it could be said, are neither in the land of the living nor the dead. The apparition/ghost/shade hovers between two worlds. When conditions are right we can see from one place to another – a glimpse into the land of the dead from the land of the living. It’s what All Hallow’s Eve is all about – the veil is thin .. the dead can arise and be seen. In could also be said that that’s a load of twaddle, but each to their own fantasy I say. I have no idea what ghosts are, if indeed they are anything at all. But I love to play with the idea of a ghost, the idea of a place that does not comply with the rules of our living reality. What makes ghosts and the ghostly realms they inhabit so fascinating is the fact that once upon a time these ghosts were living people. So, unlike the land of faery (another favourite) we have a strong connection to ghosts – they used to be one of us. Continue Reading…

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