Part Two – coming soon

WE’RE deep in the messy sausage making bit of putting one of our rehearsed readings together at the moment, attempting to schedule a collection of lovely, talented and generous performers and directors into our incredibly limited rehearsal schedule.

We’re constantly very aware that the people giving us their time also have proper paying jobs, which they have to give precedence to, so we don’t like the idea of asking anyone to commit to working with us on any particular date, months ahead of time, in case they get an offer of real work and end up in a quandary.

The effect of that though, is that several weeks before a rehearsed reading, we’re crossing our fingers until they turn white, waiting to find out whether we have a full cast, or whether Rupi is likely to have to play a 50 year old woman (clearly he would do an excellent job, it’s just a lot to ask).

Soon (hopefully soon) this bit will be behind us and we’ll be geared up and ready to rehearse, but we already have six intriguing new scripts, and a date booked with the Birmingham Rep, so we’re very excited to get started.

Book yourself a couple of tickets and see what you think.

 

Writing workshop and exciting times ahead

WE promised you an insight into the aforementioned ‘Big Fat Day of Writing’ which we’re sensibly retitling writing workshop, while the going’s good.

The day was organised as a lead up to a new project we’re involved in with the wonderful Birmingham Repertory Theatre called ‘Open Door’.

The theatre is very generously opening up its Door theatre space for ourselves and another writing group called ‘Bold Text’ (you can find out all about them here) to stage some new work.

Up until now we’ve been living hand to mouth with each rehearsed reading, and focusing on producing themed nights, which puts obvious restrictions on our writing, not least of which is a 10 minute/two performer limit.

So we’ve decided with this chance, to try and spread our wings, write some longer pieces, and splash out on creating slightly larger worlds.

The writing workshop helped us to explore character creation and development, and think about how to structure longer pieces, with a number of different writing exercises from hot seating to telling tall tales about how we got our scars.

Hopefully it laid the groundwork for some interesting work to get started.

The first Open Door event will feature Bold Text and is taking place on Monday, February 24.

Our first slot in the Door is going to be on Thursday, March 13.

If you’re interested in coming along to our free night at the Door, please let us know at cucumberwriters@gmail.com, comment below, or write on our Facebook page. Entry will be through a guest list, so we need to know in advance if people are coming along.

 

Alex