Morphic Graffiti, Part 20 and the bottle of new blood!!!

So Luke and Stewart are sitting in the theatre bar at the Union and through the wall the sound of our Lord Savage having his throat ripped out! Lovely! A gentle wednesday night in the world of Jekyll and Hyde.

It is surprising how immune you become to the gory nature of the show! Even the ending that used to make me wince now makes me smile as I imagine the technicalities of making it just that bit more realistic! We should also mention, that last weekend we got new blood! All very exciting as this stuff glistens and is even more real than the last bottle! It also washes out of costumes a whole lot easier which keeps Stewart and the washing machine happy!!

After tonight we have just four shows left. TIme to start thinking about the “get out” and how we are going to take the set down. At the end of Saturday night’s show it is all hands on deck to deconstruct the set, gather up the costumes, de-rig the lights and clear the theatre of everything ready for the next production to start their process on Sunday morning! I think it’s going to be a late night!!

Not that we want to be thinking about the show ending :0( We have completely sold out all our tickets with returns lists every night and the venue and show are buzzing. We have had many wonderful audiences, a few famous faces (last night the wonderful Jim Broadbent came in and spoke to the cast after) and even one of the musical’s authors has been in! Wow! In the words of our own Dr Jekyll (Tim) everyone is working their ‘hydes’ off and loving every second.

So what next? We still are not sure but can guarantee that there will be another Morphic Graffiti production. But what to do? Any suggestions – let us know!!! We have ideas and are looking into venues and pieces. It seems very bizarre, as the last time we had these conversations we were complete novices as producers, but we are so glad we took the chance and jumped into it all head first. That is not to say we have not learnt from mistakes and have a better idea of the surprises that will jump out and scare us! Like, for example, that moment when you realise there is a Queen’s Jubilee happening at the same time as your production!!!

So here is to four more fantastic shows and a future filled with a little bit more Morphic Graffiti than before! This blog will continue to be written and lead us onwards into the next project and beyond so keep posted. I hope to write one more entry while Jekyll and Hyde is still at the Union. It may be through teary eyes as this section of the journey is completed, but what an incredible journey. Thanks for being part of it.


Luke x




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