March 19

A Taster of Dear Mother

There are now less than two weeks until the launch of the script for Dear Mother. With this in mind over the last few week I have been working alongside the original actors of Dear Mother to produce a short trailer and allow you to get a feel for this highly emotive one act play.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86fin0X5hgY]

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March 11

From Script to Stage: directional notes from the author

Mark James as Snr Thomas in the original cast of Dear Mother

Mark James as Snr Thomas in the original cast of Dear Mother

Before being published for a wider audience Dear Mother originally toured around small theatres and festivals in the Dorset and Wiltshire area for approximately 2 years. Even now 3 years on, I am still receiving requests to produce the play at various venues,  most of which have already hosted Dear Mother before.

The secret of Dear Mother and its success is not in elaborate scenery or big, over the top movements , but in the words that are portrayed and the actor’s ability to convince the audience that he is actually living the life that he is talking about.

The play has gone on to win many awards both for the acting and also for the production as a whole, so there is a formula that works to get the best possible reaction from audiences. This has been perfected over the run of the show and I am hoping by sharing my experiences, you will be able to produce Dear Mother to the highest standard possible, from the off.

My biggest piece of advice for any actor and director undertaking this play is to work closely together to really explore the character you are trying to portray. When you first glance at the script it may seem a bit boring having various monologues being delivered, whilst all the time the actors are sitting down writing. As I said before, the movement on stage is very minimal and so are the props. It will be the tone of the actors voice, the change in pace and emotion and the way that they are able to connect to the audience, that will make your production of the play a success. Continue reading