Well………it’s Goodbye from Tim and it’s Hello from Me! Enormous thanks to Tim, who leaves a company at the top of its game, producing consistently high quality show after show. Long may this continue to characterise what we strive for at the Loft.
First of all, I need to thank everyone for such a fabulous welcome. I have been overwhelmed by the generous comments of people as I start my term as Artistic Director. You would think I was a newcomer, but since I have been a member here since 1970, with nearly 50 productions under my belt, most people have asked what has taken me so long? Well, as you know, I am a shy retiring flower☺
I was appointed at a busy time, one week ahead of the opening night of the production of Temple that I was directing. This super play, reflecting a significant moment in the history of the previously unshakeable St. Pauls Cathedral,was artistically acclaimed, delivered by a wonderfully talented cast and crew. My thanks to everyone who worked with me to being this new play, so soon after its London run, to a Leamington audience. This is the kind of work we should be staging in amongst the classics of theatre.
Next up we have two productions in our two distinctly different performance spaces.
By the time you read this, Director, Greg Cole will have brought his own company’s production of ‘I didn’t think I was a racist, but I killed a Romanian’, to the Studio. With the news that the playwright was to join us for a Q and A after both performances on the last day, this will no doubt have proved to be a popular draw. ‘Is This Seat Taken’ production company will, I am sure, have had their seats taken.
I didn’t think I was racist, but I killed a Romanian | Photographer: Richard Smith
The studio has its own quite different feel from the main house and will be an important part of our overall offering in the season to come. Audiences and performers alike love this space.
Next up in the main house we welcome David Fletcher directing a classic piece of English theatre and one which has delighted generations of theatre-goers – the incomparable The Importance of Being Earnest. With a different kind of set design and music specially composed for this production by Jonathan Fletcher, I am looking forward to seeing a fresh look to this well known classic.
If there will be a theme to my time as AD it will be stolen from Shakespeare ‘The Play’s the thing’. Filling our performance spaces with great story telling and great writing. I have set up a new team of people to work alongside and quite understand that I have a significant job ahead. Too much for one person, particularly when I want to direct too, so I am delighted that Gus MacDonald will be working as my Associate so that we can run things together.
So far we are planning new plays, classic theatre and plays with music in the mix. We shall return to staging nine Loft productions in the main house and more studio productions too. I am also delighted that we shall be welcoming two new directors this year; one in July and one in November.
With a new artistic team to work alongside me, we are already well on our way to having planned next season. Details will be unveiled in future blogs as everything is confirmed.