Watching The Angel Play evolve over the last year I am impressed by the journey. During the many readings and discussions I have had the honor to be a part of, many aspects of the play have been examined.
Many of them par for the course: relationship, character arc, plot development etc. Bella Poyton (Playwright) and Amanda Thompson (Director) were always aware of what was needed and they were “on it”. These questions and discussions were invigorating and imaginative. Seeking new answers to old questions and finding the unique way it all works out in this story by this author with this director … a wonderful journey.
Now that we are in the home stretch (The Angel Play opens FRIDAY!) I’ve been reminded of the truly unique challenge this play poses. Over the last three weeks, I have seen the director, cast and crew interpret divinity. Such an exciting creative pickle! Lighting and sound play a huge part, set and costume are important too. Acting is key. I think they’ve done something special. Created a bit of magic, a “trick of the light” both literally and figuratively. I won’t say it’s a guarantee. You, the audience, have to be there with them, ready to take the journey, ready to believe in something different. Sometimes it’s funny and we laugh at how odd and different things seem. Then if we’re really with them the production takes us to a place where we see something other than the simple humans and set that’s in front of us and are transported to the other.
At the talkback on Friday night after the opening night with the artists, I have a question or two to ask. I bet you will have many. Hope to see you there!