Well another production is over – I’ve had the (very) small part of Lawrence in The Miller Centre Theatre Company’s production of the Rattigan masterpiece After the Dance.
I’m a HUGE Rattigan fan, so it was great to finally be in one of his plays. After the Dance is one of my favourite plays of all time as well. The more I watched it and observed the audience’s reactions to it, the more I learned about what a master of playwriting Rattigan was.
Small lines and pieces of stagecraft that on page looked quite inconsequential had major influences on the audience and piece. He really knew how to craft drama like few others. For me it is an emotional play and there is specific moment that “gets me every time” – when Joan bursts into tears as she realises her marriage is over. It always brings a tear to my eye and lump to my throat.
It’s always sad to come to the end of a production (I dubbed it “Post Production Depression” previously) new friends have been made, much hilarity ensured over the course of the run and there was an air of sadness as we parted ways. I’m sure our paths will cross again. I’ve not got long to wallow in melancholy, as I’ve a read through and meeting regarding a production I’ll be producing in 2014 tomorrow, alas it’s not a Rattigan play however my time to direct/produce one of his plays will come!