Well, after 4 weeks of hard work, last night saw the second instalment of theatrical shenanigans for goteamgeek. And it wasn’t bad!
Held at a small venue in Kingston upon Thames, The Fighting Cocks bar on Old London Road. This fantastic alternative venue has been building a name for themselves in recent years. Having been a fantastic live music venue for years, recently they’ve been turning their hand to a weekly comedy night. (That room has seen the likes of Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Dara O’Briain and Mickey Flanagan!) And more recently a cabaret night hosted by the local university’s Drama department.
Asking if taking on theatre might be a possibility, Jamie O’Grady, owner, said go right ahead so we booked a night for Tuesday 8th November. We would just have to fill it.
Having read Jean-Paul Sartre’s Huis Clos (also known as In Camera or No Exit) and being struck by the resonance that hell truly is other people, we thought that would be a good place to start.
First up, we spread the word asking for directors and devisers to put together a piece either from the text or related to the issues of the play. After meetings and chats, we found two devisers and two directors. Two looking directly at No Exit and two looking at the issue of murder, death sentence and what is evil?
So we packed out that little back room, affectionately known as the Cockpit, with over 70 people and put on 4 plays of high quality. And we hope to do it again soon, with your help.
For those of you who want to know, who does what now, here’s the cast and creatives list in running order.
And for those of you who are interested, the music featured in the first piece (in order) was:
Unravel by Björk
Hunter by Björk
List of Demands by Saul Williams