I was fortunate enough to be invited to direct John Osborne’s kitchen sink drama on the 60th anniversary of the play’s first performance at the Royal Court theatre, London. The production was part of the Osborne and After Festival held in Clun, Shropshire, where Osborne retired from city life, and is now buried. The week residency had the company working with local community members, advising on set construction, helping source props and providing a Meisner Technique workshops to nearby residents and theatre companies. A local drama graduate shadowed the company, and a trumpet player was told how to make her playing believable (by making it worse!) It was a historic moment, which the community will talk about for some time, and an enriching experience for the actors and company involved.
Cast: Simon Donohue, Alison Latham, Nick Skaugen, Anabel Barnston and Simon Furness