So in the car, on the way home from Edinburgh, we played this game. Here are the rules.
- You own a theatre, and you have to program it for the next sixteen weeks.
- You have unlimited cash and everyone will say yes to you.
- You have an arts house with one main space (about 550 seats) and a black box studio (about 150 seats).
- Every show that you program must have a minimum 3 week run, and a maximum 6 week run.
- You must take Christmas and other demographics into account.
- You can program existing shows and existing companies, commission work or revive old productions.
- You can program collaborative works, or pick your favourite directors, actors, or producers.
- Ideally, your programme has some sort of defining theme that holds all the productions together.
It took us all some time, but a nine hour journey needed to be filled… This was my attempt, which I am by no means happy with, but thought I would share with you nonetheless…
|1||Cheek By Jowl – The Seagull||Punchdrunk led by Dan Canham – Space and the Individual commission|
|5||National Theatre – adaptation of William Boyd’s Any Human Heart||Theatre Ad Infinitem – Translunar Paradise|
|8||Ontroroend Goed – commissioned piece on formative experience|
|11||Kneehigh – The Cautionary Tales of Hilaire Belloc commission||NSDF ensemble– A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man|
|14||ENB and Rambert School – collaboration on The Snowman||DV8 – A Christmas Carol commission|
Guess the theme?