Beyond the 4th Wall – Proud & Loud Arts

photo from Beyond the 4th WallWritten by Proud and Loud Arts & Cathy Crabb

 Directed by Tom Hogan

 Premiered at Lowry Studio Theatre

I have been working once again with Proud and Loud Arts, a disability led theatre company in Salford. They have created a new play called “Beyond the 4th Wall” with writer Cathy Crabb about whether a perfect world where every want and need is catered for without prejudice or unnecessary medical intervention would really be so perfect. As usual with their work, there is a lot of comedy in the piece but also as always some bold truths.

To create the feel of the commune, I drew on references to Sixties sci-fi creating a white world with flowing drapes and curved furniture. In contrast, the costumes were in a rainbow of bright colours using a uniform of Eastern yoga trousers and loose long sleeved tops to keep the theme of the commune. I peppered the set with accents of these colours to give a feel of unity. Many people have asked where we got Leonard’s wonderful statement chair. I hired it from Mary Propins.

Rather than use an actual child or video as we have done in the past, I suggested that we use a puppet for the part of young Taylor. I made him the correct size for a 5 year old and used real clothes but chose not to attempt to create a naturalistic finish as felt it would make him seem doll-like  so left the puppet quite blank. After initial apprehension from the group saying he was scary, this worked very well and everyone fell in love with him. This was thanks to Aisling Leyne from Puppet Pool who brought him to life so beautifully.

A review of the first performance can be found here. They will be touring the show in Feb/March 2013.

The photos of the show were taken by Nicola Jaye from www.mcrphotographer.co.uk. Please contact her via the website for permission to use any of them or to book her for your event/performance.