It's been a little while since the last blog and we wanted you all to know how Black Comedy was coming along. We've been rehearsing for some time now and are very close to what we want the production to be. To explain the story briefly:-
Brindsley Miller, a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancée Carol Melkett have borrowed some expensive, antique furniture from his neighbour Harold Gorringe’s flat without his permission in order to impress an elderly millionaire art collector coming to view Brindsley's work, and Carol's father Colonel Melkett. When the power fails, Harold returns early and Brindsley's ex-mistress Clea shows up unexpectedly, events slide into disaster for him. With the added distraction of the spinster from upstairs, Miss Furnival, errant phone cords and other snares, Brindsley’s frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored, become a hilarious backdrop to this lovely farce.
The play is written to be staged under a reversed lighting scheme: the play opens on a darkened stage. A few minutes into the show there is a short circuit, and the stage is illuminated to reveal the characters in a ‘blackout.’ On the few occasions when matches, lighters, or torches are lit, the lights grow dimmer. The title of the play is a pun.
The set is looking great now, a typical Christie creation and we now have some original 'Giblins' to go on the walls. We have spent some time rehearsing in eye masks which has helped with the concept of moving around in the dark. It looked very strange but was an interesting exercise.