The highlight of the Autumn Season has been our production of Silva Semerciyan’s “THE LIGHT BURNS BLUE” the first production outside of the play’s premier at Bristol Old Vic in June 2015. Our company of young practitioners were supporting an Arts Council funded initiative called Platform. Platform is a series of new plays commissioned by Arts Council England and Tonic Theatre and published by Nick Hern Books. Responding to the current lack of roles for females in new drama, all the plays in the Platform series have mainly or entirely female casts, and put women and their stories at the heart of the action.
The play is set during the First World War, and based on the true-story of seventeen-year-old Elsie Wright who fooled the world into believing she has photographed fairies in her garden. Elsie and her cousin Frances are catapulted to the heights of fame, their photographs published around the world, even capturing the attention of celebrated author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This was an exciting, new theatre production, in which the company explored differing light sources from torches, to candles, to shadow work and OHP’s. The production also included live film projection, which the cast interacted with creating a multi-art-form production – pushing ClassAction’s remit to explore, to experiment and to create. Another exciting feature was the use of live-feed, when parts of the action are relayed live onto sections of the set adding a new dimension to the work. No ‘traditional stage-lighting’ was employed and the effect was a mesmerizing and this enthralling has a live accompaniment throughout of live music and song composed by the young practitioners themselves.