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Introducing Kirsty Nicol – Set Designer – Bottled Wasps

Kirsty is the Set Designer for Bottled Wasps – she has already worked with us on our production of All Because Of Molly.

She was asked to write something about why she wanted to get involved with us and our production of Bottled Wasps and her experience so far.

I was over the moon when Organised Chaos asked me to work with them again on their new play ‘Bottled Wasps.’ I like nothing better than getting in to a new script, working out how the set should look, and then how to get that set into the space where the performance will be held.

At this moment in time, I am visiting my family in Scotland, where, would you believe it, the sun is shining and since I got here less than a week ago I have yet to see rain!!!! However today (30/03/12) I am not out enjoying the dry weather, but looking at relevant images and doing my own drawings, which will help me explain the costumes to the cast next week. I think I really hit the nail on the head with the costumes for this performance and hope that they will help better relate the characters to the audience………….so guess I best get back to work.

Introducing Louisa-Mai Parker – Grace – Bottled Wasps

Louisa-Mai plays Grace in Bottled Wasps – she joined us after answering an open casting call.

She was asked to write something about why she wanted to get involved with us and our production of Bottled Wasps and her experience so far.

‘Organised Chaos have been on my radar for a few years now. I auditioned for Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell, but was unsuccessful and Manchester being the close community that it is, I’ve had friends in various productions. I’d only ever heard good things so was very excited to be cast in ‘Bottled Wasps’.

 It’s now 8.30pm on Wednesday 28 March and I’m sat in my creative hovel dissecting my script and discovering verbs. What does she want? What does this line mean?! Why does she point a gun at her lover?!! Questions, questions, questions. We’re three weeks away from opening night and my mind is a constant whirl. She’s starting to come to life and I’m starting to close that gap between myself and her. The rehearsal period is exciting for me. I’ve always been incredibly passionate about discovering the answers and investigating the conundrums that are plays and people.

My character Grace is no exception. What can I say about her? I think women will love her and men will loathe her! But to me, she’s everywoman. Every woman who’s been in a wrong relationship. Holding her boyfriend at gun point may not be the best solution to her problems but I’m not here to judge, I’m here to find reason!’

 

Introducing Cliff Heaton – Walter – Bottled Wasps

Cliff plays Walter 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.

Exactly 3 weeks to go  until our first performance.  This is my first production with Organised Chaos.  I have auditioned for two of their previous productions,  but there are some very talented actors in the North west, so not getting a part is  always part of an upward learning curve. I feel that I am now half way up that curve with regard to Walter, my character in Bottled Wasps. To say he is a complex character is only part of it. He is a soul of immense contradiction who is struggling at this point in his life to cope with past deeds, present crises and barely suppressed hatreds….. But Hey! it’s not doom and gloom. The play has a more than a thread of dark humour and plenty of laughs from start to the explosive finish. I am working with a super creative team and  two great actors, Louisa-Mai  and Marlon and the three of us will certainly present a strange menage a trois. I’m sure that we will all be at the top of the curve for first night ….Be there or Be square!

Kettles boiled… a coffee and back to learning lines for tonight’s rehearsal.

Introducing Alison Flevill – Jaime – All Because Of Molly

Alison plays Jaime in All Because Of Molly – she joined us after answering an open casting call.

She was asked to write something about why she wanted to get involved with us and our production of All Because Of Molly and her experience so far.

“So here we are then… one more day of full rehearsals left and we will be standing on stage in front of our first main audience. The nerves and excitement are starting to set in. 

In All Because Of Molly, I play the character of ‘Jaime’ and have thoroughly loved giving her life. All Because of Molly has been a great challenge as I have had to play Jaime throughout 20 years of her life; from schoolgirl to teen to adult. We had our first run in front of a small audience last Friday and the feedback was well received. Now we have the difficult task of tying up all loose ends and really perfecting our performances. I have had a great experience working with the cast and crew, from getting to know each other to rehearsing with a wonderful and talented group of actors. I am completely proud of what we have all achieved (actors/director/crew) and cannot wait to be taking to the Lowry stage.”

Introducing Laura Lindsay – Casey – All Because Of Molly

Laura plays Casey in All Because Of Molly – she joined us after answering an open casting call.

She was asked to write something about why she wanted to get involved with us and our production of All Because Of Molly and her experience so far.

“I was really keen to be part of an Organised Chaos production as I heard from friends in the industry in Manchester that they specialised in new writing and had a reputation for selecting quality scripts. I loved All Because of Molly from the first reading and have really enjoyed working on it in rehearsal. James (the director) has encouraged a really collaborative way of working, so as a cast we have all enjoyed being part of the creative process. The play has only 4 cast members, but there are 25 characters which span 20 years of narrative, in locations as varied as a school playground, nightclub and a field, so it has been a real challenge to create a clear narrative with seamless transitions – but it is a challenge that we have all relished. The focus has very much been on clarity and truthfulness of acting and just simply telling the story – this is the sort of theatre I love.

 I love the part of Casey and I really relate to her sense of humour and frequent use of sarcasm. I’ve loved getting under her skin and understanding her complex backstory which gives the play real resonance. The centre of the story is a simple theme – the bounds of friendship – but it is one that is sympathetically told and  to which we can all connect.”

Introducing Christabel Brown – Juror One – All Because Of Molly

Christabel plays Molly, Stevie, Sarah, Mr Taylor, Manny, Bridget, Fran, Bar Girl, Shyko, Kate, Naomi, Molly, Alex in All Because Of Molly – she joined us after answering an open casting call.

“A year ago I took part in the original rehearsed reading of All Because Of Molly written by Paul Ferguson and directed by Martin Jameson. Although we only had a day to rehearse and only did one performance I absolutely loved the play and especially the character I had played. It was very well received by the audience and I knew that it would go further and in the future become a full production. When I heard that Organised Chaos were going to Produce the show I jumped at the chance to audition for it and luckily for me I was chosen to be in the play. I am delighted to be playing the same part as last time, Juror 1, which is multi-role part consisting of 12 characters of not only varying ages but also varying genders! It can be very challenging at times especially as sometimes I have to switch between characters very quickly but mostly it is great fun! It has been an intensive rehearsal process but I am thoroughly enjoying working with the rest of the cast and our brilliant director! I can’t wait to perform at the Lowry Studio (it is a first for me as well as Organised Chaos) and I am excited to embark on our little North West tour!”

Introducing Tamira Hamam – Juror Two – All Because Of Molly

Tamira plays Claire, Mikey, Mrs Shopland, Claire, Julia, Catherine, Sam, Man in the club, Deedee, Emily, Jenny, Caroline, George in All Because Of Molly – she joined us after answering an open casting call.

“Well, it’s show week and rehearsals are getting more and more focused and intense as we draw closer to our opening at The Lowry. The cast are so excited to get in the studio and perform our first shows but there’s definitely an air of nervous anticipation in the room! It has been an incredible process to watch the play grow from the script we were initially given to the piece of theatre we have created now, and we can only hope that Paul is going to be pleased with the results and enjoy the show! I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed my time working with my fellow actors and director James Baker who have been so inspiring in the process of realizing this play and moving it from page to stage. To be able to have freedom to create and make so much of a minimalist set and costume design has been so teaching in terms of what we really need to ‘create theatre’. So much work has been brought to life by imagination, spot-on characterization and brilliant sound, lighting and overall design that we’ve created something which is quite a little treat, I think! Friday’s first ‘taster’ performance of the show went well, and I cannot wait for the house lights to go down on opening night and to see what our first audience makes of the piece! To my fellow actors, break a leg, to Paul, hope it’s wonderful to see the piece up on ‘legs’, and a big thank you to our team and Organized Chaos for helping it all to happen. Let’s make it a cracker!”