I am sleepy from an evening of watching shows and catching up in the bar with the rest of the creative team after a long day of the festival, a fun but also necessary part of being here. This is where a lot of the participators of the festival will be and a good place to get tips about good shows to see, as well as discuss your own shows. There is a certain buzz around a new show like Blind Hamlet; I received a lot of queries about the writer, relevance of the events of the production and what all of it means. So it pays to have your own ideas about a production, as well as an insight into what the writer and director are trying to achieve.
There are no actors in this show, just me, the stage manager, operating the sound and lights whilst carrying out the requests of a recorded voice. I have to operate the show in full view of the audience from stage. After the shows, or in this case early in the day, I sit down with the director to discuss the performance and the technical side of the show, before editing the show's audio and lighting running order. Having done this, breakfasted, caffeine-fuelled and armed with a list of lighting changes to pass to the onsite technical team to administer within our 15 minute turnaround time I leap onto my bicycle and head into town.
In the last 10 minutes of the previous show on the running order, I will check in with the local team and do what I can to facilitate the turnaround before we are allowed into the space. This is all important in the festival, as time is always ebbing away and the more that can be saved the better.
There is a great deal in this play about lying. I enjoy watching people's behaviour. People are created within a reality, a truth, and will make an instant reaction to a situation or an overwhelming challenge. This can be seen as a distorted reality or an absolutely truth-filled moment. In our show, we give an audience this as well as the motivation to lie, briefly to distort reality and confront each other, using evidence and clandestine methods to hone or avoid conclusions.