Morphic Graffiti, Part 25 and the Magical Wizards of Hoxton

So Happy New Year! (he types on the 11th January) when Christmas and New Year seem forever ago and we are all back to work! I hope that all our blog readers had a chance to enjoy something of the festivities. We certainly did here at Morphic Towers with some very lovely friends purchasing ‘Sherlock Holmes’ inspired gifts. I can’t think why?!!!

We wanted to start with a quick thank you to Mark Shenton who put Jekyll and Hyde in his theatre highlights of 2012 in The Stage. We were so chuffed to be mentioned. A great end to an incredible first year for Morphic Graffiti. Thank you all for the continued support.

Anyone who has seen our Facebook group yesterday will have seen that the marketing material arrived. We are now officially on paper. Woop woop! A massive thank you to Tony at Paper Hat for organising our printing. These will start to be distributed around Hoxton and other areas (basically anywhere where they will have us) so look out for them!

Talking of Facebook, we have a new look Facebook page devoted to Sherlock. The computer whizz Steve Coats-Dennis is in charge of this (and our twitter feed @sherlockhoxton)  and has created a purpose built page for all things related to the production. Don’t panic – the website and the blog will all continue as normal, but we now have a dedicated resource for videos, photos and all the goss on getting the show up and running!

Check it out and click ‘LIKE’ to join in all the craziness that is coming: www.facebook.com/sherlockhoxton

So what else is happening? In a huge first for Morphic Graffiti we have, on board, a genius in the world of magic. Thomas Moore (hereafter referred to as wizarding royalty or his proper Victorian name of ‘”Ingenieur de la prestiditation) is our Magic Consultant and is bringing the realm of Victorian magic and stage craft into the show. Thomas has worked around the world bring illusions to crazy ideas to life and after our very first meeting has incredible ideas for The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes!

What is really exciting with regards the magic, is the planning behind all the tricks. Thomas has taken the ideas and is working with Stewart’s design to create the maximum impact and illusion. When you come and see the show and think ‘how did they do that?’ you will know that that one moment has been months in the planning!! Unfortunately I cannot divulge anything whatsoever connected with the tricks. One, it would ruin the surprise and two, even the producers don’t quite know how they happen. But be warned, they are going to be incredible!

As with Jekyll and Hyde, music department meetings are continuing with plans in place for the new orchestrations and the overall ‘sound’ of the show. We have a five piece band and are working on creating a distinctive Victorian feel that brings Leslie Bricusse’s songs to life. What with the music and now the magic elements, we are certainly getting closer to our “More Victoriana Than Prince Albert Could Handle!” that is our tag line on the poster!!

What else to fill our blog readers in on? So much! Casting is in process. Anne Vosser is working her magic and in charge of helping us cast Sherlock Holmes. We are thrilled to have her expertise on board to help us find our cast of twelve. Auditions are taking place right at the end of January but the response to the casting breakdowns has been very exciting indeed and thank you anyone and everyone who has expressed interest!

We are on the right track! Plenty still to do and lots of hurdles to jump but we are incredibly excited. So much is happening and soon we will have visuals to show and maybe even a video or two. Spread the word that Sherlock is coming to London!! #SherlockHoxton

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