Category Archives: Production: Bottled Wasps

Designer update for Bottled Wasps

Kirsty Nicol, designer for Bottled Wasps updates us on her progress so far…


Wow!!! It’s 10.28pm on a Friday night and am about ready for bed!! Was asked to go out into town tonight but I said, “No Thank you, I’m making a window.” So that’s what I did…….see without giving anything away a window is needed as part for the set, to be honest I think this part of the play that happens by the window is one, if not my favourite bit. It’s just such a powerful moment for me and I think it one of the part where as an audience member you start to see or pick up on the darker side of the performers.

Well any way I just printed of the final props and costume list and written myself a shopping list for tomorrow. Plan of attack for tomorrow is as follows:

·          Working at Merlin 7.00 – 1.00

·         Shopping 2.00-4.00

·         Paint and Dress puppet 5.00- Till god knows!!!

·         Everything else – God knows till late.

Not much of a plan but it something I guess. I know there still loads to do but I feeling ok about it and am starting to see the finished set, slowly mind. Design for theatre is so rewarding because I have to consider so many different aspects, including how the set is going to fit and flow with the text or what materials to use, while still ensuring that it is aesthetically pleasing to the audience and production team.


I try very hard to keep continuity in my design and strive to connect the set and costumes with the tone of the script. My goal is to achieve a design which highlights the performers and leaves a memorable experience for all who see it.


And now what???…………………..BED!!!

Introducing Marlon Solomon – Patrick – Bottled Wasps

Marlon plays Patrick in Bottled Wasps – he joined us after answering an open casting call.

He was asked to write something about why he wanted to get involved with us and our production of Bottled Wasps and his experience so far.


Well its three weeks until the first show and we’re just starting to get under the skin of our characters. For the first few rehearsals you’re almost fumbling your way through the play, seeing what works, making choices and becoming comfortable with the other actors. We’re starting to know the play well and as we’re off book from next week that’s when it will really start to take shape.

I find it very odd when I first put down my my script. What am I going to do with my hands? All of a sudden they feel like they are not part of your body – like you have some ridiculous party balloons attached to the end of your arms that everyone’s going to laugh at! It may sound ridiculous but I can even see a favourable review shattered by silly extraneous limbs, “Solomon delivered a strong performance in this excellent production of Bottled Wasps but sadly it was all ruined by his preposterous looking hands.”

I’m playing Patrick. He’s not Irish. He’s usually a very glass-half-full kind of a guy but recent events have stunted that part of his personality somewhat. His optimism for the holiday, he has such high hopes for, doesn’t make it past the few pages. Its not long before he is spitting sarcastic venom in Walter’s direction. He is soon at loggerheads with Grace – (his partner) and this is the biggest challenge for the actor. Patrick is agitated, bored and annoyed pretty much throughout the play. Its finding different levels of irritation and anger whilst remaining truthful to the text that is the big task.

Its my first time working for Organised Chaos and its been great so far. Looking forward to the next three weeks.