I’ve worked with Organised Chaos before, on their Midwinter Ignition event. When I heard that they were repeating this for Spring, I jumped at the chance to take part.
The theme we were given was Spring, and after some thought I went off on a little tangent about natural springs, the fountain of youth, and ended up with this:
“They say youth is wasted on the young. Now you can relive your youth with ‘Wellspring’, the exciting new product from AgeRight Pharmasolutions. Forget those aches and pains, and make the winter of your life an eternal spring”
The play touches on the morality surrounding medication and ageing, and how this can affect relationships. Through the eyes of their daughter Lana, we see the strain on Simon and Claire’s relationship by changing perceptions of age and infirmity.
I teamed up with the excellent Carole Bardsley, Ashley Mackintosh and Billy Brayshaw. Left without a director, we’ve had to muddle on through ourselves, which has been a stressful but fascinating experience. I really hope some of you can come along tonight, Friday or Saturday to see the results!
We struggled with how best to portray the ageing, and the difference in Simon’s personality and behaviour thanks to the Wellspring medication. The play has quite a heavy, serious tone and we wanted to bring out the levity in it, mix up the highs and lows so it won’t be dreary to watch. Carole, Billy and Ashley have worked so hard to bring out the emotions in the piece and they’ve achieved something brilliant.
I’ll be there tonight from about 5:30, and the show itself begins at 7:30. There are five short plays, and you can find out more details about them all right here on the facebook events page.