In just three weeks we will be performing ‘buckets’ for the very first time (go buy your tickets now from the Abbey Theatre website!!!) We have taken a little break from rehearsals to let things settle and give people a chance to learn their lines (cast: deadline is Monday please 😉 ) BUT there has been a bunch of stuff going on outside of the rehearsal room to prepare for the show.
Our trailer went out on Monday – have a watch here – so we have spent some time editing that together from the shots that we took in rehearsals. It was so exciting to make something permanent from the piece that Lucy, Tamsin and Mae created last year. Also we have had a delivery of our flyers and posters – you can take a look at the designs here – so you will start to see those around town through the next few weeks. Finally on the promotion side of things, we spent a day this week (as a results day distraction) designing our programme which will be sent to print very soon.
One of the ways we wanted to stretch Theatre of Minds with this project was by sourcing set from new places. Throughout the piece we are going to be using some furniture to create levels and change location, but one of my biggest worries early on was where we were going to get this from! Through a lot of research and taking advice from many people, we discovered Emmaus. This second-hand furniture store are amazing! Emmaus-Hertfordshire give homeless people a comfortable home environment and the opportunity to work, learning skills in refurbishing furniture. Their shop in St Albans was filled with some of the most helpful, chilled out, lovely people who helped us find the furniture we needed so quickly. Within a couple of days of first making contact, we had hired everything we needed and housed it in our Mum’s office until we can take it over to the theatre! Thankyou very much to everyone working at Emmaus – you have been amazing!
Slowly but surely we have been gathering the props that we need to the production. My props list is now colour-coded with 4 catagories: We have this now; We have a plan to make/get this; Cast do you have this?; Only one specific person can sort this. But my red section is getting bigger and bigger everyday, which is very exciting!
Everyone is putting so much work into this project and we can’t thank everyone enough for getting involved. Make sure you get your tickets now so you don’t miss out on this very special project!
Tickets for ‘buckets’ are now available via the Abbey Theatre. In order to make a donation to Young Minds after the performances we need to raise some funds beforehand to pay the licensing fee for the play and for props/costumes. Any contributions at www.gofundme.com/theatreofminds-buckets will be gratefully received, but if you can’t donate please share the link and help us spread the word of the project.