So we ended last year (2015) on high with 3 different productions in 4 weeks, 2 of which sold out and the third show selling 88% of tickets. Not only that but we attempted two new things:
- Ears on a Beatle – our first production under the Rep banner of the company. A co-production Derby LIVE, bringing in experienced and emerging talent to work on the production. The success of the work is shared with all of you; Katie Brien, Dave Barton, John Adams and Pete Meakin. The legacy of this show remains to be solidified but watch this space as we explore tours, festivals and other avenues. This was a happy pill to swallow as we wanted to showcase to our existing followers and new attendees to a Lost Boys show that we can still pack a few surprises and create artistically challenging work as actors and producers. We wanted to challenge ourselves as performers and deliver published work that allowed us to get stuck into a role. We were guided by excellent people along the way and achieved quality that we are very happy with. The success of this production has ensured the Rep business model will continue and we will release info about our 2016 title soon.
- A Christmas Carol ( fully integrated BSL promenade) – once again we threw down the gauntlet and set new heights for us to attain by creating a fully integrated BSL promenade at Sudbury Hall (National Trust). We worked with Sarah Gatford, Tracey Kelsall and the great team at Sudbury Hall. We were also lucky enough to be given guidance by Emily Howett (PAD Productions). The aim was to work with the interpreters to develop a production that included them as much as possible. We created characters for them that not only served functionally but as rounded characters also. We were told that this would be a very difficult undertaking but in all honesty it was not that arduous. The Lost Boys treated this as we would with any other semi-scripted and devised production, by establishing the rules and parameters of the production, style, characters etc and then developed from there. As a performer I treated the interpreters as fellow performers, sounds simple – as I thought it was – yet the interpreters were surprised and grateful of this working method from us. We worked together as a team and created a production that hearing and deaf audience alike would enjoy without ever being mutually exclusive. This was a success and we will be developing a new BSL production later in 2016.
So where does that leave us? Well this year we continue to deliver our developing business as usual with no less than 22 events, 2 new productions and 5 learning programmes already confirmed. We are still in negotiation for 2 other productions, several events and more education. Some of these will be funded, some will be commercial. We hope to see you at some of them. Follow us on Facebook: The Lost Boys Twitter: @lostboysevents to find out more.