Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching education erode away…

Here at StageWrite, on behalf of all cast and crew, last night we were mightily humbly with such a fantastic turnout of audience members and their participation.
Thank you for all your support and keeping it local!

Have you ever had that feeling, you wished you were a fly on the wall during an interview? Well, last night we were the fly on the wall. Chris Loft’s ‘The Interview’ is an extremely relevant roll of pugnacious punches, revealing the politics of the school room industry.
This interview wasn’t like any interview i’ve ever seen or been to.
We met a young teacher, Mr Brown, whom has had some time out of the classroom, in order to get over the stress of the unseen powers at be, behind the mask of education. We see Brown’s foundations, shaken radically by the Guvnors’ ‘Squires’ and ‘Brass’,  through their routine of good cop, bad cop. The juxtapose of authority within the committee of Governors,  informed the audience who has the power within education. It becomes an examination of how we look at the classroom industry, and a nightmare of which Brown, wished he had never stepped into.

The Interview was a rib aching lesson of comedy, challenging our school of thought, which drip fed us as an audience with laughs yes, but also a relevant insight to an unseen layer that is thriving within the education profession.

Directed by StageWrite’s, and one of Bedford’s own James Harrison.
James did an excellent job of keeping the characterisation of the Govners’ in full Pitbull mode. The constant verbal howitzing at a young Mr Brown, projected scope and kept levels of intense authenticity. This certainly left us as an audience numbed with feeling.

DSC_2586Second act of the evening, was Barbara Bridger’s A Stranger to Myself.
A  melancholic, old sea dog , a hired henchman, creased in a cracked leather jacket and an elegant, visually impaired woman. A shimmering sea shanty-esque song introduced us, hauntingly to a strict observation by the man in creased leather garms, observing yet reporting every finite detail of the sea captains every move. The stage glistened with sea blue lights, which took us to depths with Nemo (yes the fish).

DSC_2637Poetical chunks of Joseph Conrad’s ‘The Secret Sharer’ was adapted into the script, which enhanced mood and captivated not only the audience, but me to read this archaic short story. Themes of observance, keeping watching, yet a lacking of knowledge within the identities of each character baffled, yet intrigued me.

Direct by the wonderful John Handscombe, he managed to take us on a dreamlike voyage of observance and the question ‘how well do know people’.

The Q&A time, for both The Interview and A Stranger to Myself, sparked incredible audience participation. The students at University of Bedfordshire, gave positive feedback for both pieces and produced positive critiques.

Keep tuned for more, yummy honey theatre coming your way.

Stay free,

BPH.

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