Morphic Graffiti, Part 42 and the fangs are on their way!

Time is literally whizzing by and it seems only fair that in a brief ten minute hiatus from the craziness of Bat Boy pre-production, that we should update everyone with a blog!

Since the show was announced on Halloween, the work load has shifted up several notches with incredible work going on.

Firstly, casting has now finished and we have an extraordinary bunch of people joining us on the journey. Full announcements will be made in due course but under the Casting Directorship of Will Burton we managed to cast this ‘beast’ of a show. Prior to auditions we had to go through the show working out who would play the myriad of characters and how we would ‘double up’ so that not only was every role covered but that we had time for actors to change and that each scene would still work! No mean feat when you have a limit on the cast size. Still, we have worked our way through the script and everything seems covered. There will no doubt be a few surprises but that is half the fun.

One of the most exciting parts of this week was knowing our Bat Boy (we will tell you all soon, we promise!) had been to have his teeth mould taken for his fangs to be created. Such an integral part of his character look, we knew he would need them from the minute rehearsals started. We also knew that sadly a pair of joke fangs left over from Halloween would almost certainly look rubbish! However, the experts are on hand and our Bat Boy will be so used to them by the time the production opens that we are convinced he won’t want to take them off!

As soon as our cast accepted their roles, Stewart and his wardrobe team had them measured and even started to fit the costumes for the show. Anyone who saw Carousel will have seen the huge amount of work that goes into our wardrobe sets! Bat Boy is no different although the style is much more modern with some wonderfully garish colours and fabrics to keep everyone entertained! Rarely have shoes of such bright colours and shapes been seen on the London stage! Currently Stewart is housing hundreds of component costume parts and is looking forward to December 1st when we move into our rehearsal space and he can move everything in to the annex next door!!

As well as costume, the set design has been to and fro between the venue and the set builders. Everything is looking good. It is going to be something very different to what people who know Bat Boy might expect (a good thing we think!) and will probably take our amazing team of painters about a week to paint it and finish it – but believe us when we say it will be worth it!

As director, Luke has been busy working on the script. Some changes to the previous productions have been made by the writers with some new changes going in (trust us they are brilliant!!).

Also, Luke has been drawing up lists of props and sound effects for the relevant departments. Although these will undoubtedly change and multiply, it is great to have a starting point for Stage Management so they have an idea. It also gives as much time as possible to find/make some slightly obscure props that the show requires. Fans of the show will know some of them, but we promise there are a many great surprises that know one will expect!

There are production meetings galore happening across all departments. Coffee shops are fast becoming the new offices!! Be it lighting, technical, wardrobe, set, sound, choreography, music – everything is going on. This is a brilliant period of time when the ideas and dreams of what can be achieved within the production are discussed and worked through. With so much technical work going on, this planning period is essential so that we hit rehearsals with the production in full flow ready to be built upon by the work that will take place in the rehearsal room and then during technical rehearsals.

It is relentless and brilliant and we are having a ball!! Book up now to avoid disappointment!!

http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/the-large/bat-boy-the-musical//

Morphic Graffiti, part 41 and the Halloween announcement!

So the bat is out of the bag! And it is no coincidence that yesterdays announcement was made to coincide with Halloween!!. Morphic Graffiti’s next show is the cult Off Broadway hit BAT BOY – a brilliant and bloody tale of a half human/half bat creature found in a cave in a small town in America.

This is a very exciting project for us at MG with a couple of new things for the company. Firstly, we are working with Paul Taylor Mills who is producing Bat Boy. Paul has recently produced Altar Boyz at Greenwich Theatre and was co-producer on this year’s monster hit In the Heights at Southwark Playhouse.

Talking of Southwark Playhouse, Bat Boy will be presented in The Large, the main stage at the venue. This is another first for Luke and Stewart and we cannot wait to get to the SP!

So what has been going on? Well if the truth be told we have been working on the project for nearly two months, and this blog entry finds us in the middle of finalising the casting for the project. Anyone who knows Bat Boy will know how brilliant and quirky the piece is and any one who has seen one of our productions before will know how much work goes on behind the scenes. This project is no exception!

Stewart has been fine tuning his designs for set and costumes and there is one significant design aspect that will be dominating the production. Everything is being created specifically for the production and will be like nothing seen before in any other production of Bat Boy! Typing that makes me feel both excited and nervous! Gulp!!

So who are the creative team joining us in creating this show? Well, we are thrilled to be joined with Joey McKneely as choreographer and Mark Crossland as MD. Joey is a Tony-nominated choreographer whose career includes choreographing Smokey Joe’s Café and The Boy From Oz on Broadway (wow!!) and Mark is currently Musical Director on Dance Til Dawn at the Aldwych Theatre and other credits include the Number 1 tours of 9 to 5, Sister Act, and Hairspray (wow again!!).

We feel genuinely blessed to be working with such a team and cannot wait to bring you more updates from the rehearsal room and more details of the full cast and creative team as the show begins to take shape.

However, we can, very excitingly, announce the first of our incredible cast. Tony Award nominee Lauren Ward will play Meredith Parker. Among her incredible credits, Lauren originated the role of Miss Honey in Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre and on Broadway.

Joining Lauren will be Matthew White will play Dr. Parker. Matthew has worked extensively as a performer in the West End (Ragtime, Les Mis, Chicago) and most recently has directed shows including Sweet Charity, Top Hat and Little Shop of Horrors.

We are so excited to finally be able to share what has been keeping us busy since finishing Carousel! Plenty more details are to come but don’t forget to book up for Bat Boy!! It’s going to be very different to what Morphic Graffiti have done before but equally as fang-tastic (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun!!)

Tickets are on sale and previews are just £12!! Get booking.

http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/the-large/bat-boy-the-musical//

Artwork for Bat Boy at the Southwark Playhouse!!

Artwork for Bat Boy at the Southwark Playhouse!!