Production Diary

The halfway point

So, it’s the end of the second week of rehearsals, the dreaded half-way point, but I think we can meet it – in part – with equanimity. We’ve done a German dance, experimented with shadows, stained a lot of paper, developed some cracking music, and staggered through the whole play. We’ve spent a considerable amount of energy worrying about how to pay subtle homage to the film, without
replicating – and I think yesterday we found a way forward involving a sheet and a pinspot.

new productions announced

We are very pleased to finally announce the details of our new season at the Arcola. We start rehearsals for two plays: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Moby Dick on the 13th of January and we couldn't be more excited. Please visit our In Production Page for more details and to book tickets as soon as they go on sale.

'there are snakes' at OSBTT week

For the last few weeks, we at simple8 have been hard at work on developing a new piece of work for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award. We were selected as one of 12 finalists and asked to perform a short excerpt from our proposed work: a piece based on ‘Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes’ by Daniel Everett. This is a book detailing Everett’s own experiences as a Christian missionary attempting to learn the arcane language of the Piraha, deep in the Amazonian jungle.


Our week of R&D finished on a high. Working on the second of our two pieces we’re faced with a great deal of physical work and these R&D sessions are invaluable when trying to figure out how to ‘do’ something.

the difficult second blog post

So here we are a couple of days on. It’s been a rainy week here in Chacombe which has been terrible news for the tennis fans among us. On the other hand it’s probably been quite conducive to our work ethic not being able to dash on down to the court in every five-minute break.

production diary

Hello there website visitor. First, thanks very much for stopping by on your interweb travels. This year we hope to maintain a bit more of a web presence, beginning with this production diary/blog. On Saturday we began our production process on two new bits of work and we’re going to use this site and old faithfuls Facebook and Twitter to try and document the whole lamentable endeavor.

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