‘Carat Players: Together Again’
This month saw our own Dentsu Aegis Network’s am-dram group present The Farndale Avenue Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth’, a comedy in two acts by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Junior, at the New Diorama Theatre in Regent’s Place. And it was a lot of work, and a lot of fun.
I was one half of our lighting and sound department, so I arrived on the scene after much of the work had already been done. I missed the long months of line readings, character notes, cue timings, prop finding and costume designing – but there was still a long way to go before opening night.
Set assembly, sound and light arrangement, rehearsals, more rehearsals, dress rehearsals, all taking place among countless other jobs that needed doing in order to create something that resembles a stage production - and then we arrive, on a Tuesday night, spotlight on, and it begins.
This was my third production with the players. Every year we go through the same increasingly frantic motions for each show, and that’s what keeps me coming back each year. It’s not finding the right playlists or hitting the cues each night, but working together as a team to bring the script to life as best we can. Everyone is a volunteer from around the Dentsu Aegis Network and this could be the first time we’ve properly met each other, doing something that for most is a departure from the normal meeting room handshakes. It’s a great way to know your colleagues and form fast friendships.
This is our sixth production, and it certainly won’t be our last. With an ever-changing list of volunteers for cast and crew led by long-time Players Lou Reid and Rob Honeywood, our am-dram society will keep providing something a little different to a normal day job that’s every bit rewarding as it is challenging.
A big thanks goes out to xAd for once again sponsoring our production, and of course the Dentsu Aegis Network for their continued support and sponsorship of the New Diorama Theatre.
If you missed this production, watch this space for our next outing but be quick – somehow it always sells out.