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Introducing – Lee Joseph

Lee is the writer of our upcoming production Old Ground

Old Ground (square without title)

Attempting to bring the story of one of Manchester’s darkest legacies to the stage was not an easy decision, and one I have carefully considered for a number of years. It jars so vehemently with everything else that is normally celebrated and associated with our city (arts, music, football etc) and the culture of its’ people; many of whom still feel understandably raw and emotional about its’ uncomfortable ramifications or simply ashamed (or disinterested) about the possibilities of looking beyond what they already know; facts and clarifications often just giving-way to ignorant aversions or, worse, careless embellishments of forgotten truths. Inflammatory fictions only crudely distort the already unthinkable realities, and they should have no place in any assessments or examinations of such cautionary circumstances.

I believe there to be no such thing as ‘morbid fascination’. Rather, more an interested in the highly unlikely – a curiosity in the unexplainable, the baffling and the absolute bizarre – and should never be deemed ‘unhealthy’, or ‘shameful’. Fact is often stranger than fiction and many millions of people have contributed to internet viewing-figures; some of the highest being footage of human atrocities such as 9/11 or the holocaust for example, not to mention documentations of true crimes. It is how and why we approach such historical matters that determine what we might take from it intellectually, or emotionally, afterwards and the reasons remain entirely within the individual. The human ‘condition’ consists of many complications, and to look into the unimaginable is, sometimes, only an attempt to understand them better; though satisfactory conclusions may never be fully achieved.

To remember only the names and faces of the two perpetrators in this story is to only pick at the old, septic wounds and is, ultimately, to allow their crimes to be committed over and over again. In short, unacceptable and irresponsible.

The plight of the two mothers in this particular period of the story I have chosen to convey is my true fascination, for they prove that hope, above all else, can (and should) never be diminished – no matter how despairing and catastrophic out circumstances might be. Equally, their children deserve to be remembered by name; their tragedies should not become their significance – and their lives, though short, should be acknowledge – and with respect.

Bringing OLD GROUND to the stage depended on one thing : finding the appropriate professionals to treat, understand and execute it with great sensitivity and care, on all levels.

I found them.

I have complete faith in all members of production involved and, most importantly, I respected everybody’s individual concerns, questions and doubts before saying ‘yes’ to shouldering the responsibilities required in attempting to lift this idea off the page. Less of a ‘cast and crew’, more of a ‘fellowship’, and one in which I feel fully supported when anticipating any uncertain appeal and reactions to the story we will be presenting to our audiences.

To be on stage in not necessarily to entertain – it is to learn, connect and educate.

 

To see more information on Old Ground and book tickets for the show, visit our website –http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk

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Old Ground – behind the scenes

Some behind the scenes footage from the director, Neil Bell, as the cast get ready for costume fittings

 

To see more information on Old Ground and book tickets for the show, visit our website –http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk

 

Old Ground – Read through photos

Some photos of our recent cast read through of our upcoming production of Old Ground

 

To see more information on Old Ground and book tickets for the show, visit our website –http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk

Introducing – Dan Sheader

Dan stars as Dickie and Policeman1 in our upcoming production of Old Ground

 

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Dan Sheader

Hi, I’m Dan Sheader, I am a 28-year-old graduate of ICAT (Independent Centre for Actor Training) based in Manchester. I have spent the last 5 years studying Acting and Performance and worked hard to develop my tool kit that I am overjoyed to be utilising for the first time on Old Ground.

I was attracted to this project initially having heard wonderful things about Lee Joseph’s writing and the successful growth of Organised Chaos Productions. The subject matter has always been of interest to me and Lee’s beautifully written script and my love for theatrical performance married with British history, solidified this production as a must! I had to audition!

Fast forward a few weeks and I was lucky enough to land the role of Dickie, and call myself a cast member.

The process so far has been nothing but fun, energetic and, for a graduate actor entering the professional scene, very educational. We had a wonderful cast read through to get the wheels in motion and we are now full steam ahead into our rehearsal process.

I am so excited to be working with a hugely committed cast and creative team and urge anyone to come and see this wonderfully constructed piece of theatre and cannot wait to share it with our audience at the Kings Arms, Salford.

If this isn’t one of the best things you’ll see this year, in the words of Dickie…

“I’ll show my arse in Burtons window!”

 

To see more information on Old Ground and book tickets for the show, visit our website –http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk

The Distance Between Stars

Our next production is The Distance Between Stars

The Distance Between Stars show image. Designed by Chris Oldland

The Distance Between Stars show image. Designed by Chris Oldland

Elliot is on the mend from a nervous collapse. Big sister Helen worries about him; she wants Elliot to stop eating junk food and start participating in the world. Daisy and Elliot were patients in the same hospital. Daisy wants to let go of her troubled past. Lonely neighbour Mr Birzoni wants a love affair. All are looking for something to believe in. Just when life starts looking up, Elliot’s obsessions steer him in an unexpected and dangerous direction.

The Distance Between Stars is a new play about grief, extra-terrestrials and ginger custard. From the writer of Temp/Casual.

The show comes to The a Kings Arms, Salford in November:

Wed 19th 7:30pm, Thurs 20th 7:30pm and Sat 22nd 3pm

Tickets available here: http://www.kingsarmssalford.com/details.php?show_id=1949