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Circle Time!#1
Posted: 9/21/09 at 3:36pm
Right so i need help!

I've been doing a lot of research into the staging of shows, whether it be plays, musicals, whatever. And whilst I've found a lot of information, i was wondering if any of you lot could gimme any information on some lesser known productions that have been inventive with their staging and used theatre in the round or corridor theatre as opposed to the usual end on staging we're so used to seeing. Any pictures you guys have would also be welcomed Circle Time!

thanks x
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 3:41pm
Jeez, thought you were gonna go on about something else then!

Anyway....

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Posted: 9/21/09 at 3:44pm
Well there's the stage at the Young Vic, which when I saw a show there (Sleeping Beauty?) the stage was in a cross, with the audience sitting in the gaps between it, with actors coming on and off by the long bits, with the action in the middle.

I don't know if any of that helped/made sense haha! =)
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 3:49pm
I've seen lots of stuff in-the-round at the Manchester Royal Exchange but they tend to be classic plays (Ibsen, Chekhov) or light comedies (Coward, Wilde). I couldn't say any of them were innovative, though water did come out of the taps in a kitchen-sink drama. Scenic devices seem to be lowered in from above.
And they really struggle with musicals, though I can't help wondering if Hytner's 1980s Carousel in-the-round overcame the problems.

Corridor theatre = Black Watch: Military parades, tableaux of warfare, cast emerging from a snooker table (or was it a tank)? Great stuff. I think there's a DVD.

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Posted: 9/21/09 at 4:00pm
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 4:02pm
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 4:05pm
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 4:09pm
actual stars. the lot of you :)
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 4:10pm
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 4:10pm
"Jeez, thought you were gonna go on about something else then!"

Me too! Which is ofcourse what the little minx wanted us to think.

"Well there's the stage at the Young Vic"

Now that's a good point. I saw The Good Soul of Schechuzaun there last year and the staging was really interesting. You entered down a long, dark, narrow, winding corridor (no Sam - that isn't a metaphor) and when you came out you were actually on stage with those already seated in the audience watching you (eek! yikes!). The set on the stage was a cement factory with actors in protective clothing pushing sacks of cement about on the stage and the air filled with cement dust. You then had to climb off the stage into the audience to take your seat, walking past the onstage pianist whose piano I gave a quick tinkle (no Sam - that isn't a double entendre) on my way.

Now that was exciting, innovative staging.
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 4:16pm
Crucible Theatre Sheffield.
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 4:43pm
"Jeez, thought you were gonna go on about something else then"

"Me too! Which is ofcourse what the little minx wanted us to think"

when i first though of the title i was thinking more about circle time at school..sitting in a circle dealing with problems, passing the talking stick! and NOT about a certaiin circle in which a group of men stand whilst doing most vulgar things...
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 5:11pm
You been born again during your time away from this board or what?
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 5:17pm
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"Rock Of Ages is about as original as gay men at a clap clinic" - SANDM2
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 5:22pm
Bless.

You look so happy there.

But I thought you were younger than that?
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 5:24pm
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 5:30pm
Anything to do with the fact I had a talking stick at circle time toda? Sam's sphincter haha :P
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 5:31pm
i feel that your status had a lot to do with my thread title today Sam's sphincter thanks love
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 5:33pm
But you've changed the thread title Sam?!
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Posted: 9/21/09 at 5:41pm
whats a sphincter?
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Posted: 9/22/09 at 2:12pm
Just like I said; a little minx!

I've changed the thread title back.

Now don't do that again.
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Circle Time!#21
Posted: 9/23/09 at 2:59pm
Why has no one mentioned the 'New Vic Theatre' in Stoke-on-Trent?! Beautiful theatre in-the-round always producing wonderful productions as well as housing various touring productions throughout the year. Sort of twinned with SJT Scarbourough and often they tour their productions to each other. A wonderful theatre!
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Posted: 9/24/09 at 5:58am
I'm not a fan of the New Vic Theatre... they do produce their own work, have their own props, costume departments etc. It's an actual working theatre that does up to 12 pieces a year and was the 'home' of Peter Cheeseman who used the space to popularise documentary theatre (the naffy etc). It's not that great a space in my opinion. I also found that their productions fell slightly flat. I saw Romeo and Juliet there and Juliet seemed to be annoyed with Romeo for the entire show.
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Circle Time!#23
Posted: 9/24/09 at 6:39am
I mentioned the Railway Children in York in an earlier thread...here is a video of it, showing the unique staging. This production was superb. Have a look!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8199614.stm