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February is LGBT History Month. [livejournal.com profile] friend_of_tofu, [livejournal.com profile] sashagoblin, [livejournal.com profile] mirabehn, and I are organizing a public readthrough of this rather delightful play (Wikipedia entry, script, about the author, that film).

It'll probably be the evening of Thursday 26th February, in a room in the University of Westminster. I'm figuring that the script runs about an hour from looking at it, so we might also want to program something else alongside it. Suggestions, anyone? Your input before hand is as welcome and as ardently desired as your presence on the night.

Regarding casting, I'm figuring at the moment that the best thing to do would be to split the larger parts and distribute things between whoever wants them on the day. NB: there are four small songs involved. One is for a female voice, one female-but-drunk, one a "melancholy youth", and one for a chorus of dancing demons. I don't have music for any of these.

I've done up a PDF script to use, mostly because I wanted to - it's here [600k PDF]. Note: I'm having some trouble opening it from the website, saying that it can't extract an embedded font. Some of the pages are displaying blank. Anyone know what I've done wrong, or if it's my FTP connection to the webserver playing up again?

Depending on what we decide about staging, degrees of nudity, and dance set-pieces, I may have to re-edit the script and cut out some of the stage directions. The venue might also have some influence on this, either from the staff's preferences, the size, or the windows.

As far as props go, most of them are dildos. I'm inclining towards the use of humorously shaped vegetables for this. The script specifies a fountain shaped like a naked woman standing on her head, spreading her legs, and pissing straight upwards; that will almost certainly not appear in the final version, I suspect.

Date: 2009-01-20 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirabehn.livejournal.com
Am still trying to remember which play [livejournal.com profile] the_alchemist suggested...

Date: 2009-01-20 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirabehn.livejournal.com
*looks it up*

It's Wilmot's version of Fletcher's "Valentinian".

Date: 2009-01-20 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Aha, will check it out, cheers.

Date: 2009-01-20 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sashagoblin.livejournal.com
oooh. i cando handoutsabout what Rochester was doing there, too...

Date: 2009-01-20 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] friend-of-tofu.livejournal.com
Fantastic! I have suggested to M that we meet in a Central London pub on Thu to discuss. Is that doable for you, after work/study?

Date: 2009-01-21 10:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sashagoblin.livejournal.com
nope, alas, i'm otherwiseengaged, alas. cdeither of you do a weekend day,or next week?

Date: 2009-01-21 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] friend-of-tofu.livejournal.com
Completely booked up for the weekend, I'm afraid, but next week is doable. I have to be *in* work on Monday, I think, so maybe that evening?

Date: 2009-01-21 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
I'm certainly available Monday evening - in fact, potentially any of next week except Tuesday.

Date: 2009-01-20 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-alchemist.livejournal.com
Yay - good idea. I'd love to come if I can, but fear I might not, as I'm also (for work) organising an LGBT History Month event which will probably be then.

[livejournal.com profile] gnimmel and [livejournal.com profile] purplepiano organised a readthrough of this last year and so may be able to help you with music.

Do you know Valentinian? It's a tragedy by Rochester about one of the last Roman emperors, and in an odd sort of way it's rather good. Sodom is basically a parody of it. I mention this in case you wanted a longer event and couldn't find the perfect play to pair it with.

(And finally, I don't think it's supposed to be a fountain shaped like a naked woman, I think it's woman acting as a fountain!)

Date: 2009-01-20 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
I don't know it, but I shall look it up - thank you for the pointer.

And yes, looking at the script again, you're right - it says "a woman representing a fountain", which could be either clever meta-stagecraft or innovative garden furniture.

Date: 2009-01-20 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sashagoblin.livejournal.com
Nope,he meant a woman pissing upside down. Really.

Date: 2009-01-20 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Ah, but was it a woman pissing upside down on the stage, or in the garden? That's what makes the difference, whether it's a fountain representing a woman, or a woman representing a fountain. Or, of course, a woman representing a woman, if we get any volunteers.

Date: 2009-01-21 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplepiano.livejournal.com
I didn't have time / couldn't be bothered to set the songs to music when we did our readthrough, so we just ended up all yelling out the words rhythmically. It wasn't pretty! I'm fairly sure I'm up for this readthrough though, so I could help anyway.

Date: 2009-01-21 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
That would be absolutely wonderful if you could. If you don't get the time or botheredness, though, don't worry in the slightest - we'll manage somehow!

Date: 2009-01-21 07:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] megamole.livejournal.com
Yep, that was great fun - twinned with The Beggar's Opera...

Date: 2009-01-21 09:21 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] megamole.livejournal.com

I love this play.

I hate that you're doing it on a Thursday when I can't participate.


Date: 2009-01-21 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Am very sorry about that - the date hasn't been completely finalised, but if we do it then we (most likely) get the useful venue for free!

Date: 2009-01-21 07:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] megamole.livejournal.com
My Captain Mainwaring Bolloximian will not quickly be forgotten by those who heard it...

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