So it’s now been about eight months since I agreed to have a shot at directing Kevin Wilson’s original new play The Truth Untold, and I’m writing this fresh from our Wednesday dress rehearsal at the Apollo in Newport in preparation for our opening night!
Since my last blog, the play has really come into its own and that is mostly down to the hard work of the brilliant cast who have managed to take every obstacle- from missing cast members, changing rehearsal venues and (until very recently!) an imaginary set -and still turn out fantastic performances. They’ve all put such a lot into the play and I hope they’ve all got as much out of putting TTU together as I have!
As I said in my last blog, TTU has been a group effort and without the creativity and input of the whole cast, it certainly wouldn’t be the show it is now. With every rehearsal the play has grown, and the result is something that has made the last few months absolutely worth it.
Unusual, creative and emotional - but still characteristically a little rough around the edges - TTU has become everything I pictured it being when I started out on this and I couldn’t be happier.
Directing, as I’ve learned (!), is not an easy thing to do. There’s a huge amount to think about and pull together and I can only imagine how hard that must be to do if you aren’t part of a supportive and really capable group.
With that in mind, all that’s left to say is a massive thank you to Origins Theatre for giving me the opportunity to direct my first play, a bigger thank you to Kevin Wilson for trusting me with his work, and an even bigger thank you to Benny Curtis, Lorna Wilson, Marie Hickman, Pete Harris, Pete Stockman and Reuben Loake for their patience, support and hard work. I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people to learn with and from.
Thanks for reading and see you soon!