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Boy On A Bed – behind the scenes featurette

Thinking about coming to see our show at The Lowry? Have you seen the behind the schenes featurette for Boy On A Bed. Take a look…

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Boy On A Bed, visit our website.

Boy On A Bed Trailer

Thinking about coming to see our show at The Lowry? Have you seen the trailer for Boy On A Bed. Take a look…

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Boy On A Bed, visit our website.

Introducing … Jessy Cornips

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The model set design for Boy On A Bed

Jessy is the designer of our upcoming production Boy On A Bed

Not that long to go now, till the opening of  “Boy on a Bed”.

I’m the set designer of the show. I’m currently doing a Foundation Degree in Film & TV Production, so with an interest in Production Design I was having a look online for some work experience. A friend told me about this web page “stage jobs pro”, where you can find a wide range of different work placements. That’s where I saw this role for a set designer and from there got in touch with Gayle (Organised Chaos Productions).

As the set designer I have been collaborating with the Director, in this case Alastair to create “The World of the Play”, by turning the design into a stage reality.

Our aim is to fully immerse the viewer in the production.

I’ve learnt a lot throughout the past six weeks, we have changed the set design quite a few times but with there not being scenes and all the dialogue being continuous and based in four different locations, when sketching plans and creating models for the set design we have had to be aware of all that.

The final set design we have created, is quite simple, (using minimalistic props) but it really works well for the story behind “Boy On A Bed”.

Overall it’s been an enjoyable experience. The actors are all progressing really well, throughout the weeks of rehearsals. It will be a great play to watch, there will be love, laughter, a bit of betrayal, but overall it will be an interesting play to come and see.


To see the tour dates and book tickets for Boy On A Bed, visit our website.

Boy On A Bed – Five Reasons to see…

Boy On A Bed will open at The Lowry 15-16 May before embarking on a North West tour in the autumn. Here are our five reasons to see:

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1- Pick of the best

Last year we ran a script call for scripts never seen before on stage and from the many scripts we received Boy On A Bed was the one chosen:

Adam likes running. He sprints through snow, heat, gales and rain. One day when he gets soaked by a passing bus Stella offers him a towel.  Stella likes beauty. She is training to be an architect. Instantly attracted to each other they make plans to move in together.  Benedict likes sitting around and smoking. He is a painter hoping for a lucky break. As Adam runs by Benedict sketches him.  When he persuades Adam to sit for a painting, the result is a picture that leaves its mark on all of them for the rest of their lives.

2- New and Emerging Talent

Organised Chaos is all about showcasing some of the amazing new and emerging talent in the Northwest – this show does exactly that with some great characters to be portrayed. The cast includes Adam Carroll-Armstrong “Adam”, Matthew Hattersley “Benedict”, Lily Shepherd “Stella” and Michael Loftus “Taylor”. Behind the scenes we have the writer Edwin Preece, the director Alastair Zyggu, stage manager Lauren Halsall and designer Jessy Cornips.

3- Organised Chaos

Following a number of top reviews and sell out shows this production will be Organised Chaos’ thirteenth since we started in 2009 – during this time we have showcased a lot of new talent to Northwest audiences – actors, writers, directors, designers to name a few of the roles involved in making a show a reality. In 2012 our production of AfterWords won Best New Writing at The Buxton Fringe Festival.

4- Award winning writer

The writer, Edwin Preece, won the Joy Gonn award for best play in the Arundel Theatre Trail with his one act play Triptych in 2013.

5- Arts Council

This show is our third to be supported by the Arts Council through National Lottery funding. To be recognised by the Arts Council for our achievements in supporting some of the great new and emerging talent is great news for us. It’s fantastic that we’re able to better financially support the debut of this fantastic new play and the talent involved.

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Boy On A Bed, visit our website.

Boy On A Bed video featurette

Thinking about coming to see our show at The Lowry? Have you seen the featurette for Boy On A Bed. Take a look…

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Boy On A Bed, visit our website.

Introducing … Matthew Hattersley

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Matthew in rehearsals

Matthew plays Benedict Weller in our upcoming production Boy On A Bed

As I write this it’s just 9 days to go before opening night of Boy On A Bed. It’s taken 6(ish) weeks, 4 Actors plus a Director, Stage Manager and Designer but we’re pretty much on track I think (I hope). No, we are, (we are!) its going well and to date has been an incredibly enjoyable experience.

I was first aware of the play via Facebook and after applying for the role of Benedict was invited to the audition open day, but due to a few issues I couldn’t attend. I did email to apologise though and enquired if there was any other auditions planned and was invited in the following Monday. I knew I was auditioning for Benedict, the part I felt was best fit for, but when the panel also asked me to read for Taylor I thought why not. Now, I had read the whole script before the audition (true fact) but in hindsight had perhaps only skim-read some sections. However, I felt I was answering honestly when, after my Estuary-English performance of Taylor I was asked whether I’d read the whole script. ‘Yes’ I replied, ‘I enjoyed it’ to which Alastair (Director) responded. ‘OK, well…you do know Taylor is…American?’ (Dramatic pause) ‘Yes’ I continued, uncertainly, clutching desperately for ideas ‘but…I just thought…I’d try it with a different spin?’ I think I got away with it, but regardless, when Gayle, the producer rang me a few days later to offer me the role of Benedict I was very pleased.

Playing a gay man is a challenge I haven’t faced before as a straight actor but I was certain I didn’t want to put any clichéd affectations on Benedict and have been pleased that Alastair by and large has agreed with me on this. Benedict is played without any thoughts to his sexuality from me – the words I feel are enough to carry any message needed and I feel this has worked well in my development of Benedict. He is an artist, pursuing his dream (and a playa) ultimately, regardless of his sexuality and I think this has been the best choice for me in developing the role. (His slightly laconic, slightly sarcastic, playful cockiness wasn’t much of a challenge though to people who know me…) Jokes aside though I have found working on Benedict an interesting challenge, one I am still enjoying working on and one I hope will be fully formed, exciting and multi-layered by opening night.

The rehearsal process up to now has been a generally fun and exciting experience with Alastair introducing little games and ideas to help us negotiate the text and our characters which have been very useful. I think as a cast we all get on really well and this has helped – especially as a lot of the scenes rely on an intimacy and comfortableness between the characters which is becoming more and more natural as we become closer as a unit. It was also good meeting the writer, Edwin a few weeks back, who was very complementary on the performances as we had them and helped to alleviate any issues we may have had with the script and development of roles.

We’ve still a long way to go before we open but with us now all off book (just about!) then the fun really begins as we can now experiment and play about with things, which is always an interesting and valuable element in a play’s creation – and come the 15th I’ve no doubt that we’ll have an extremely exciting piece of theatre on our hands. So come and see it.

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Boy On A Bed, visit our website.