Everyman Theatre's Do Not Go Gentle, the story so far, part 3...
Posted on: 01 Sep 2017
This September, our tenants (and one of the founding organisations of Chapter) Everyman Theatre, present Do Not Go Gentle in the Seligman Theatre, a co-production with The Drill Hall Theatre Company from Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia. Here, Everyman's Kathy Thomas tells the second part of the story of how this exciting production came to be. Click here to start at part one.
8. Rehearsals in Mullumbimby
The Drill Hall Theatre were the first to get rehearsals underway. There were the inevitable ’highs’ and ’lows’ but everyone remained totally committed and passionate about the project. Radio broadcasts were arranged, production team meetings held, arias recorded and ‘billets’ visited.
Of course there was the occasional BBQ - and a return visit to The Middle Pub! Team Work!
9. The Scott Society
“It is the work that matters, not the applause that follows” - Robert Falcon Scott.
June felt a bit like this! Rehearsals competed with Festival Fever as Everyman’s annual extravaganza in Sophia Gardens got underway. But time was found to acknowledge the date on which the hero of Patricia Cornelius’ play sailed from Roath Dock.
On June 15th Cardiff cast and crew gathered at The Royal Hotel to meet with Lieutenant Commander Julian Salisbury, Vice President of the Captain Scott Society, in the room where Scott and his fellow explorers enjoyed their last dinner before setting sail.
The drive and tenacity of spirit which inspired Captain Scott, and which inspires the modern day explorers supported by the society founded in his name, can also be found today in so many people struggling to deal with the ravages of time.
10. Rehearsals in Cardiff
11. Tonyrefail U3A
When we headed for Tonyrefail to spread the word about ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ to the U3A we didn’t expect to be greeted by 85 of their members. It was a quiet day we were told! A cream tea with fresh strawberries was enjoyed by all.
Ray’s talk was very well received and some interesting questions asked. The group took great pride in having their own thriving theatre.
One lady spoke of how her father had been amongst those who had gone to Roath Dock to witness the departure of the Terra Nova.
See Do Not Go Gentle at Chapter from Tue 5 - Sat 9 September at Chapter. Click here for more information.