In Summer 2013, So & So Circus Theatre disbanded.
Here are the first of photos for Backgammon for Beginners, taken by Bertil Nilsson (currently exhibiting at the Roundhouse as part of CircusFest). At this point, we didn’t really know what shape the show was going to take- hence Martha Harrison being in them, although she wasn’t in the show.
It was organised last minute, in the only 2 hours that all 4 of us, plus Bertil were free. I had been internet shopping for 70s clothes (with next-day delivery) in blind panic. Kaveh picked up a couple of “Iranian-looking” things from around the house- a rug, the backgammon board, an old suitcase. We were kindly offered the studio space by Broadway Theatre, Barking and by some unlikely chance, these lovely photos came out. It was one of the most stressful days of my life (besides when we woke up late to get the ferry from Liverpool to Dun Loaghaire).
On the 17th of March we went to Hemel Hempstead with ‘The Hot Dots‘. The stage was rather small, though adding to intimacy. We found ourselves really close to the front row while on-stage! There will be more of ‘The Hot Dots’ in Austria this year, if anyone missed that spectacular show!
‘We’ve been coming to the venue for 25 years and this is the best show we’ve ever seen!’ Audience member, March 2012, Hemel Hempstead !
Yesterday and today have been spent painting our set for the new show. Sue, our designer, and master prop maker and set painter Andy Greenfield were hard at work yesterday at Jacksons Lane while our new marketing and publicity intern and I trekked the streets of Highgate flyering our little hearts out. It’s no wonder posties always look so fit. It’s exhausting trudging round houses. Especially when the houses are all huge so you spend 5 minutes just walking up the drive! Let’s hope it all pays off. Couple of pics below from the set painting. Studio 5 looked like a surreal other planet…….