Second week complete. Introductions done, journey continues.
So why tell this story? Lost and Found by Marcia Layne is about taking a look again at a story we all thought we knew. Hidden in plain sight. Why do we tell stories? To know ourselves and each other better? To mark a moment and move on. To honour our past?
Traveling through time with the cast and crew. It’s been a privilege working in rehearsal, learning and growing together, exploring Marcia Layne’s many layered script. Just what does happen when the subject of the transatlantic slave trade is taught in schools? Does anybody care? Does it still matter? Light bulb moments hit us all throughout rehearsals. The legacy of language and rediscovering secret coded underground railroad songs ‘Swing Low sweet Charity’’. The play moves quickly from contemporary Britain to the beginning of revolution in the Caribbean and back to West Africa at the beginning of the Transatlantic Slave trade itself.
As Director/ Producer I have had to communicate using the language of all who join us to make and share the work. Funders, Venues, Agents, Actors, Administrators, Designers, Stage Mangers, fellow Creative Companies, Schools, Press, Black Hairdressers and Barbers, Community Centres, Takeaway shops, Coffee Shops and the General Public from all walks of life. Speaking about the production itself has never been a problem for me. I have lived with the work since Marcia Layne shared it four years ago. I know the characters, I know where they are from, and I know how they make me feel. I’m proud to be a part of the sharing of an incredible story that belongs to us all. We have talked about radio plays, horror movies and bringing sexy back in our rehearsals. Arriving at the last day of rehearsals and now the day of our opening night, I’m done with the talking.
It’s time for Lost and Found to speak for itself. This is as it should be.
We hope you can join us, we are looking forward to sharing the work with you.
Tuesday 4th October 7pm Seven Arts, Leeds.
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Friday 7th October 7:45pm Library Theatre, Sheffield.
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Wednesday 12th October 7:30pm Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield