Brando Joins the Union
So we’re back at the Unity again, almost one year on from our debut in 2012. Everything’s the same and everything is different. So what’s the same? Well, the commitment and energy of our cast and crew for one. They are all named on other pages on this site so I won’t name them again here, but they all took to rehearsals like ducks to water, with Danny and Joe commenting that they were surprised at just how much of the script was still in their heads. In fact, after just a couple of days they were already ‘off script’. The short piece of the rehearsals I caught, and the final run-through last Friday, were amazingly powerful, and will have a profound effect upon our audiences. What’s different? The script. Never say never, as far as changes in a script are concerned. You go through a process of firstly thinking that what you have is the best it can ever be, and then, if you are honest, with yourself and with the script, you go through a process most often of letting go, or, to give it its real name, redrafting. And in that process you make some incredible discoveries about what is possible when you allow a script to breathe, and as a result, allow the actors more space to express themselves.
What’s the same: well, Unison are on board again. But we also have a new addition from the unions, and one we hope to build on, of Unite the Union supporting us too. Getting the unions to support us is not primarily about money. It’s about reaching audiences we want to engage with the play; working class audiences who wrestle daily with the contradictions the play throws up, because although set in the 1950’s, we regard this as a contemporary play, and one that has a lot to say with regard to today’s social, political and personal issues. Solidarity, the role and attitude of the left, to stay or go, fight or flight, to grasp opportunities and keep on moving, or settle down in suburban security; these are just a few of the questions we pose, and through union support and engaging with working class communities, we hope we can provoke debate and controversy, and at the same time provide our audiences with a strong, dramatic experience.