A Doll’s House – Opening Night

A Doll's House Poster - Brightlight Theatre Company - Lauren Mayhew AuthorFor those of you that may be new to my blog, welcome! For those of you who’ve been here for a while, here’s a quick update all about my experience directing a play. I’ve been with my theatre group for two years now, and they have been the best two years ever! At the very end of last year, I was tasked with directing a play, but not just any play, Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’.

Brightlight Theatre Company usually work with comedies or murder mysteries, so ‘A Doll’s House’ was the first classic drama that we’ve done. It made us all a little nervous, as our audience usually expect to come along and have a laugh, not to watch a drama about a family set in the 1800’s. Regardless of this fact, the audience absolutely loved our opening show on Saturday!

It was quite an intimate performance with just under 50 audience members – not as many people as we’re used to, but as I said, it’s not a comedy. The overall feeling was that they loved it. The couple who sat in front of me told me that it was our best show so far. The gentleman even gave me a kiss on the hand to congratulate me on the show. It was great to receive that sort of feedback from the first show, so I’m very much looking forward to this Saturday for our last two performances!

Show days are always very long days. We’re at the venue from 8.30am ’til midnight sometimes, though we got out at about 11pm ish on Saturday. We start with the set build, then a tech run at about midday. This is followed directly by a dress rehearsal and a short break before the big performance. This Saturday we have two performances, so it’s even more tiring for the cast! Follow the link, here, to be taken to Brightlight’s Facebook page where you can watch a video made by one of my cast. There are a few photos that I took in there too!

I don’t know how many of you even live close to me, but if you do enjoy going to the theatre, you should definitely come down to watch the show!

I think I’m a human being before anything else. I don’t care what other people say. I don’t care what people write in books. I need to think for myself.

Nora and Torvald appear to have the perfect marriage. With Torvald just about to start an important new job, they set about celebrating the festive season in style. But when a secret from Nora’s past threatens to reveal itself, the cracks in their relationship begin to appear. How can Nora save her marriage when she is trapped inside a cage of her own making?

Saturday 28th April 2018 at both 2:00pm and 7:30pm at St. Peter’s Church Hall, Frimley, GU16 7AQ.

Tickets are £8 (£5 for under-16s & over-60s).

Book online here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/brightlighttheatre. Or by calling or texting 07546 737813.

As with all Brightlight productions, at least 10% of ticket sales will be donated to local cancer charity, KatCanDo in support of the amazing work they do for our community.

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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