Thankyou so much to everyone who came to see buckets last week – it was so amazing to have so much support for the production and we hope that you enjoyed it. We are delighted that we will have raised enough for a big donation to Young Minds which we will be sending off very soon – thankyou all very much for your contributions to help us fight the stigma surrounding youth mental illness.
If you missed the performances, worry not! We have a recording of the Friday night performance up on the blog (here) and if you head over to the buckets page, you can see all of the media from the show and process in one place (music, photographs, articles… it’s all there!)
When we set out to create buckets, it was so important to us that Theatre of Minds should grow and progress from Base Layer, and I am now so proud of what we have created. Some simple, practical things have improved, like our use of set and props: we hired furniture to give the space more of a unique style. We also worked with Jack and Joe, our lighting designers, from very early on to make sure the lights were an intrinsic part of the production (rather than just making sure we can see the actor’s faces). Even just performing a published play helped the company to move on and grow as this was a whole new challenge.
For me as a director, one of the most exciting ways that Theatre of Minds has grown is in the work of the actors. Having some of the cast of Base Layer back to perform again, I am so proud of the actors they have become. From the enthusiasm and contributions in the rehearsal room, to the much more natural way in which they portray their characters it was a delight to work with all of them. I am so grateful that we had such a hard-working, passionate group of people to create this with – thankyou all for being such a big part of Theatre of Minds.
So our production of buckets has made me very proud, but everything is a learning curve. Although we have definitely learnt from Base Layer and some aspects were so much smoother, there are also things that we will take forward to our next project. The main thing being that we need a producer! Everyone chipped in this time and took on all kinds of roles, but I am particularly bad at delegating roles so it became a rather big job keeping on top of everything. My favourite part of the process is being in the room with the actors being creative, so next time we’ll bring someone on board to help with all the organisation stuff beyond the rehearsals themselves will make a massive difference.
Theatre of Minds is definitely coming back. We aren’t sure when, or in what form, but we’ll be back. I’m hoping to finish off my Summer of Theatre series in the next couple of weeks, and I’ll post as much as possible in the mean time. But for now, that’s it on buckets. Good Luck to all our cast and crew going off to university for the first time in the next few weeks – you are all going to smash it! Thankyou for an amazing summer, and we’ll see you soon.