So it’s early Sunday evening. The general mood is calm and serene and we start to contemplate the week ahead! Wow! Tomorrow morning (early!!) we start to look at submissions for our Dr Jekyll/Edward Hyde. The casting ball has already started rolling but now it picks up more of us en route! Adam Braham has been sorting out cv’s and already we are overwhelmed with the interest in the production. We have a mammoth puzzle to put together in the coming weeks. We are so excited to start to be able to put faces to the characters that those of use ‘behind the scenes’ have been talking about for so long.
We start with our Dr. Jekyll and then, from there, will seek to find the myriad of characters that shape this story; his fiancée Emma, his Father-in-Law, the aristocrats of London’s social set, John Utterson his best mate. There are so many complex characters to work through and we cannot wait to get started! Breakdowns for all characters have been drawn up and scrutinised and will be sent out next week, but details on casting can be found on our website!
This weekend also saw Phase 2 of the set build. In our secret location (also known as a church hall in Essex) we have started to build the set for Jekyll and Hyde. “Already?”!!! we hear you cry what with it being March and the show opening in May! “Yes!!”. We have four weekends set aside to turn a lorry load of material into the stunning design that Stewart has given blood, sweat and tears over.
Stewart’s design ideas began pretty much as soon as we had signed the go ahead to do the show. The show is full of many different and unique locations and the set design will reflect this (and then some!). Meetings with Luke (the director), Dean (music), Sharon (technical) and Cat (Catherine Webb, our incredible lighting designer with the artistic eye to really ignite the world we are creating!) have led Stewart to build a highly detailed set model box. Built to exact scale, it now means we can all, within the creative team, visualise lighting, movement, drama and now enables Stewart to see how his subsequent costume designs work. We would love to put up a photo of the set for you, but that would ruin the surprise when you come see the show!
What we can say is that Stewart has laid every scaled brick, crafted every piece of scaled furniture and has even made, with his bare hands, our cast:
Check back soon for more updates!
Catherine Webb’s biography has been added to our website. Have a look: www.morphicgraffiti.com