Actor Adrian Grove updates us on moving Stepping Out from the rehearsal room to the stage
“Stepping Out” to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike!
As opening night approached, we moved from the rehearsal room to Matthew Wright’s phenomenal set, built brilliantly by the crew at the Playhouse. Just the floor itself took a day and a half to put down! The attention to detail is breath taking and what you won’t see is that they have built right back to the rear of the theatre. For us as actors this means that in order to get to the other side of the stage we have to go outside (comedy itself, when it’s raining and you are wearing Y-fronts and a vest!!). For the audience however, you get a beautiful voyeuristic look into the lives of ten colourful characters.
Technical week means that stage management, crew, lighting, sound and wardrobe bring all their elements together. They have been researching, building, making etc. over the previous weeks and in only two and a half days have to combine them all with the actors, director, designer, musical director and choreographer to bring the show to life. No mean feat I can tell you but they have all worked like crazy and continue to do so!! Every prop that you see on stage is placed there for a specific reason: there are check lists and photographs to make sure that every night each ashtray, chair and piece of rubbish is exactly where it should be.
Costumes are lined up on rails, placed in a specific order and in a certain way to obtain the shortest possible quick change time. Ladies, try changing out of a jumper, leotard and tights, into new tights, fishnets, tap shoes, new leotard, shirt, tie, jacket, hat, all in 60 seconds. Now imagine doing that in a small area with 8 of your friends….
One thing that Adam Penford (the director) wanted was for the scene changes to be a part of the show so that the focus is never lost for the audience and, as you will see, each of these is a moment for the audience to see another facet of one or two characters, only adding to the story that is unfolding. At the same time however, around this, costumes and props are changing mostly in full view of the audience. You’d be surprised where a new outfit is hidden!!!!
As I write this we have completed nine wonderful shows, the audiences have blown us away with their response and the critics loved it. We are packing the auditorium, so once again book now to avoid disappointment. We run till the 6th October with matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Finally, I think I will leave the last word to a lady I spoke to in the bar after the show.
“It was the best 2 hours I’ve spent in a long time and one of the best shows I’ve seen at Salisbury. I laughed, I cried and I really didn’t want it to end.”
For tickets ring the box office on 01722 320333 or visit www.salisburyplayhouse.com