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Friday, 24 July 2015

Perspective ~ Making Things Happen

Photo Credit: Adam Priscak
When Adam and I met, I was in my first year of University, fresh faced and eager to try as many new things as possible. This thirst for new experiences led me to the audition room in pursuit of a part in his original staging of Death Etc. a collection of writings by Harold Pinter. He didn’t cast me in the show (it’s my longest held grudge), though I still saw the production. It was unashamedly dark and incredibly powerful.

All this is to say that Adam’s talents as a theatre maker haven’t failed to leave me in awe since the moment I met him. Since starting to see each other and during the many years we have now spent together, I have found myself increasingly involved in Random Acts Theatre’s journey. From productions of Huis Clos, Closer, The Gog/Magog Project, and Adam’s own work, This Go ‘Round, in Exeter, the company has never compromised in its mission to produce dark and compelling theatre.

In the back of our minds, we always knew we had to make the move to London at some point, to pursue theatre in the capital. For any of you who know me, you will know how hard I worked to land a job here and facilitate this journey. This is what we do for the people we love. Since arriving, both of us have felt we are where we belong. There have been set backs along the way, but the point of this post is not to dwell on that.

As we continue to pursue excellence in theatre, we are asking for a little leg up from those of you who can spare a few pounds. The costs of hiring a London venue are not insurmountable, though we are in need of initial funds to successfully produce our first London production. It is hoped that this will give us the footing we need to develop lasting relationships with venues and a small profit with which to put up future productions without your help.

The Gog/Magog Project is a darkly comic piece by American playwright Jason Lindner, which challenges audiences in the best possible way. You can find out a bit more about it by visiting our Crowdfunding page and watching the videos. Adam and I worked together to stage this piece in Exeter, he as performer and designer, myself as technician and marketer. It is the production in which we have worked most closely. A labour of love, if you will. Nobody likes asking for funding, but any support you’re able to offer would be a fantastic step towards giving Random Acts Theatre the London debut it deserves.

Most importantly though, this is for Adam, whose belief in making things happen has been a constant source of inspiration for me.

1 comments:

  1. This is a truly touching account of the circumstances of the current pursuits of Random Acts Theatre, one by which I am truly moved and flattered.

    It should, though, be clarified that it is the article, not the production, that is 'for' me...this staging of The Gog/Magog Project is for Random Acts and more specifically the audiences whom it is intended to effect and for whom the company exists and the piece is meant...

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