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Best of This Week's Theatre Blogs - 23 Apr 2010

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Work in progress was a reoccurring theme for theatre bloggers this week. Adam J Thompson considered the process that has brought his current project - an adaptation of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice - to the place it is now and the impact that ideas of 'myth' have on it. Meanwhile Hannah Nicklin eloquently examined the RSC's Such Tweet Sorrow, questioning both a work in progress and the act of analysing such a project.

For Adorkable Theatre it was the question of women in performance which was being analysed as she considered the stories that writers are telling (and audiences wanting to watch).

Elsewhere Lois Backstage considered the odd hours that working in theatre brings whilst Lurk Moophy made the case for a rather special audience experience as he continued his look at neglected musicals.

Adam J Thompson – Myth 
“I brought these very personal questions into a rehearsal room for one month and asked a collection of insightful and imaginative artists to repossess them: to crawl inside of them, to deconstruct them, to rebuild the narrative from a new point of view.”

Hannah Nicklin – Such Tweet Sorrow, A Blog Post in Two Acts 
“Another pertinent question, certainly, is how to deliver criticism. Due to the amount of interaction invited, do you talk directly to the performers, in character?”

Adorkable Thespian – Female Parts 
“My friends noted an the abundance of plot lines involving women unsatisfying relationships, taking journeys of self-discovery. Someone made the observation that generally speaking, female audiences seem content to accept this has the predominant reflection of our experiences.”

Lois Backstage - Always Open For Business 
"I don’t mean that our offices are always open to the public (though the number of times I’ve called friends at odd hours and they’ve still been at work are many). I mean that we don’t have defined hours – times when we shut off work"

Lurk Moophy – Neglected Musicals - Evil Dead: The Musical
“To boot, most productions regard the first few rows of audience as ’splatter zone’ and hand out plastic ponchos due to the excessive amounts of stage blood that cover the audience.”

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