Morphic Graffiti, Part 26 and the dancing mice!

It’s time for another blog update! Where are the weeks going? Not that we are counting but we open in 11 weeks! Sounds like plenty of time but, with the number of different production elements to balance at the same time, it really isn’t! Mind you, when does any production ever have enough time? So on that slightly calming thought, I shall give you a little update.

Casting is imminently imminent. Anne is doing sterling work organising auditions and assisting us with the mammoth task of finding our cast. Not only are we bringing this brand new Sherlock Holmes tale to life, but we have the added complications of being set in Victorian Music Hall where the term ‘Variety’ was very much born. Cue the all dancing, all singing, magical, acrobatic actors who can take this piece to the next level and create something very special indeed! We are so excited by the response and cannot wait to find our cast. If it is anything near the standard and talent that we were blessed with on Jekyll, we will be in safe hands.

Talking of dancing, I should mention on here that Lee Proud is choreographing the show for us. Lee’s credits include the sensational Mack and Mabel at the Southwark Playhouse last year and we are beyond thrilled that he is going to be on board HMS Holmes!

The music department continues on with some incredible work behind the scenes. We are sourcing some amazing costume makers to bring Stewart’s designs to fruition. If I was to describe the costume designs in 2 words they would be ‘fantastical’ and ‘intricate’. I shall see if we can get maybe an image or two on to the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sherlockhoxton – please like!) In some ways the traditional world of Sherlock Holmes is there, but with a suitable Victorian twist!

Talking of the Facebook page, we have already a clue as to the set design that is going on. More will be given as we get closer to April 10th (gulp!) I saw the set model up for the first time two nights ago (it had previously been in basic white card format) and it is looking beautiful. However, unless we cast mice to sing and dance on it, the set model is only the start of the set journey. As we head towards the end of January, the set model is going to be drawn out as 2-D plans ready for construction. We also have to work out things like storage, weight of the set, props, supports….the list is endless! Hoxton Hall is a Grade 2 listed building and as such, NOTHING can be drilled, stapled or screwed into its historic structure. A set designers dream eh Stewart?!

As we move into February we start to push more of the marketing ideas that we have been developing. We plan to spread the word that Sherlock is coming to Hoxton in a variety of ways, some very obvious, some (in keeping) are a bit mysterious and some are downright bizarre (in a very Music Hall kind a way!!) This year is the 150th Anniversary of Hoxton Hall. It was designed and built specifically as a Music Hall so to be bringing this type of production feels even more special.

As well as the physical production, we are forging links within our Morphic Education strand and looking at linking the history of Hoxton and its Music Hall heritage with young people in the area. Hopefully, by the next blog we can bring you more info as Morphic Education is still in its infancy but will become a very important part of what Morphic Graffiti does.

That’s about it for now. I won’t bore you with the lesser interesting things like organising Insurance, budgets and light bulbs! Oh the glamour! I’m off outside to play in the snow!

#sherlockhoxton

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