I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Thursday, 27 March 2008

NATALIE WRIGHT & MARTIN LAMB


The glorious Natalie Wright will be playing Bessy in POSSESSED. She wowed our audience at the Greenwich showcase with her comic timing and it will be great to work with her again. Steve got to know Natalie in Susie Mckenna's Jack and the Beanstalk at the Hackney Empire in 2005.

Bessy's opposite number will be Martin Lamb who is playing Mr Carter. Martin has an amazing voice and sings with Garsington Opera, Scottish Opera, and has worked with our director Helen Eastman with the English Touring Opera. He is also a wonderfully sensitive actor - a perfect foil for Natalie!

ELIZABETH RENIHAN



Elizabeth Renihan is going to be playing Lizzie Siddal in the showcase. Elizabeth is a superb actress and singer and has worked with Steve at the National Theatre a number of times. She has the intense passion that Lizzie needs. I hope the bloggers at www.lizziesiddal.com will come along and see her!

MATTHEW WHITE



Matthew White will be playing Topsy in POSSESSED, the character based on William Morris. It was touch and go whether we would get this brilliant actor for the part of Topsy and now we have it confirmed. Matthew was King Neville in Cinderella at the Old Vic with Joseph Millson, who will be playing Gabriel. He has also appeared in the fantastic DR WHO series. The composer Steve Edis knows Mattew well and is very pleased to have him in the company.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

ANNA FRANCOLINI



Anna Francolini played Jane Morris in our showcase of POSSESSED at Greenwich Theatre in 2006, Steve and I are delighted that she has accepted the part of Jane for the new showcase at Oxford Playhouse. Anna is a very fine actor with a beautiful singing voice. She also looks amazingly like the young Jane Burden as you can see in this photograph. Her performance in Caroline or Change at the National Theatre in 2007 earned her an Olivier Award nomination. You can still catch her in '3 Sisters on Hope Street' by Diane Samuels and Tracy-Ann Oberman (after Chekhov) at Hampstead Theatre, which is running until 29th March.

Sunday, 23 March 2008

PETER POLYCARPOU

I went to see Peter in ARTEFACTS at the Bush Theatre on Friday. It was a brilliantly written show by young writer Nick Bartlett. Peter played an Iraqi archaeologist with power and gravitas. He was stupendous! There were moments when he looked strangely like David Suchet but this only seemed to add to the whole effect! He is over the moon because the show will be going off to Broadway after its UK run. All the performances in the show were seamless, I am sure it will do very well.

It was wonderful to have him playing Topsy at the Greenwich showcase of POSSESSED, we have been friends since drama school days and his presence gave me a confidence I needed then. He has always been a generous actor willing to give feedback on work and fantastic in rehearsals. Writers need people like Poly!

ARTS THEATRE

It is confirmed - we will be rehearsing at the ARTS THEATRE in Great Newport Street, London WC2. This is a wonderfully central location. We will be having an open dress on the last day of rehearsals for an invited audience who can't make it to the show in Oxford.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

REHEARSALS

It has been a stressful two days trying to find a new rehearsal space because we lost the one we were hoping for. The Trafalgar Studios have been really wonderful and kept us as a possibility but can't guarantee anything. The date is drawing near and so we have to make a decision soon. I don't think I can risk it for much longer. I felt that somehow we would find something but I want it to be a space that we will all enjoy working in. I have discovered some wonderful places and even considered Terminal Recording Studios. At last I think I have found the perfect place, right in the centre of town. I am going along to see the space on Friday... watch this space!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

CASTING TOPSY

We are still trying to find a Topsy (William Morris) but have set our hearts on a wonderful actor and am waiting to hear back from his agent. Peter Polycarpou played Topsy in the Greenwich showcase. He is in ARTEFACTS at the Bush Theatre at the moment. I am going to see the show on Friday. It is too many years since I went off to see him in Les Miserables at the Cambridge Theatre, when he was just starting out.

Saturday, 15 March 2008

LYRICS

Steve and I had an intensive day working on the last three songs. We have almost cracked them now, but I still have a new verse to write for Topsy (Morris). Steve's music for the Gabriel/Janey love song MORE THAN LIFE, gave me that tingle down the spine that every lyricist dreams of.

We also had a meeting with Martin Lamb, who was up for the part of Mr Carter. Martin is totally different from Andrew McDonald, who played Mr Carter at the Greenwich Showcase, but we both immediately felt he was right for the part and have signed him up. He has a gloriously rich sounding singing voice and will be perfect playing alongside Natalie Wright as Bessy. He has also worked with the director before.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

JOSEPH MILLSON



Today I heard back from Joseph Millson's agent that he will be playing Gabriel. I am delighted! Joseph was a fabulous Prince Charming in the recent Old Vic Cinderella, although I don't think we are going to be asking him to take a shower as Rossetti!

PRODUCTION MEETING

On Monday Helen, the director, and I went up to Oxford to see Michelle Dickson the soon to be Artistic Director of the Playhouse and Tim Boyd, the Technical Manager, to have a production meeting.

We discussed sound, set, costumes, furniture, stage, the band, lighting, projection and publicity. There were also queries to iron out about tickets, comps and hospitality. Both Michelle and Tim were really helpful and in an hour we had covered pretty much everyting we needed to know. I also managed to speak to Sarah Jervis, the Press Officer which was really useful, after the numerous calls we have had.

The tickets for 27th April showcase at 6pm

On sale at Oxford Playhouse box office tomorrow

Ticket Hotline: 01865 305305
www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Tickets: £10 (£8 discounts)

Saturday, 8 March 2008

FLYERS


The beautiful flyers ASRA designed arrived on Friday. They are now working on some posters. The front of the flyer is reproduced here. ASRA are going to use this as the basis for the poster.