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Conal, Caitlin and Rachel - '7.62' Prod Team

Ahead of our AVP show, '7.62', I caught up with Conal (director), Caitlin (producer) and Rachel (production manager) to check up on how rehearsals were going.

George: Hey guys, thanks for coming down. Another new writing to end the semester, what is '7.62' all about?

Conal: It’s about snipers in the military. I think why I wanted to write about it was to look at a lot of the stereotypes about modern military service and address those. I wanted to look at how a similar concept to Journey’s End can be applied in the modern day. For instance in Journey’s End Stanhope struggles with PTSD before it is a recognised condition, whereas in 7.62 some of the characters are suffering but the treatment for that is still so-so. For me personally it’s about letting go of that part of my life when I wanted to go into the military, so it’s kind of the final push to leave that chapter of my life far behind me.

G: Caitlin, how have you found producing 7.62, especially with the added AVP element?

Ca: It’s been stressful at times, I’m not gonna lie, but its been really rewarding and I’ve loved being part of the show. It’s pushed me outside my comfort zone and it gives you a lot of different skills and gives you an appreciation of how to put on a show. A lot has been last minute but it has all happened so it’s all gonna be okay which is good.

Co: We have money.

Ca: We do have money. Which is good. We raised several thousands pounds at the social which is good. I think with the publicity we wanted to reflect the ideas of the show as the title doesn’t give much away. I still don’t know why Conal chose the title, well yes I do but I just don’t know WHY. We had a really great publicity designer, Jazz [Bovill], though and it’s all looking great. She did a great job and was really pen to suggestions, not that she needed any.

G: Rachel, how has planning the tech been, given its at a different venue to the drama studio?

Rachel: It’s fun. Obviously were getting into the final week now where all the final designs are getting finished, which is really exciting. The set is starting to come together now with some levels and some climbing affects that the actors will be able to work with which will have a really cool effect.

Ca: Definitely wasn’t news to Conal…

*Conal stares in disbelief.*

R: Naah it’s not a way of changing the whole thing but it’ll be cool, trust me. There’s great lighting and some corrugated iron, and hopefully give the effect of a sniper’s nest, where the play is set. The sound design, costume etc is all great. It’s cool.

 

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Co: We really wanted the tech to reflect the oppressive nature and cabin fever, and the techies have been great for that, they’ve had some really great ideas and it’s been a real collaborative process. They’ve been wonderful to work with.

G: How has the rehearsal process been? I'm aware it's quite a short show?

Co: It is. It’s an hour.

Ca: A short show with a long rehearsal process, which probably isn’t a bad thing.

Ra: Considering actual rehearsals will start about 2 hours in.

Ca: Conal is probably the most relaxed director you’ve ever met. I’m getting on my jumper “Conal, they need to rehearse” because he just sits there like, “sandwiches, damn. We all love sandwiches.” And it’s half 6 and we only have an hour left in the room and I’m like, “cOnaL rUn tHe sHoW”

Co: I think having the long rehearsal schedule relly helpd us. 5 out of the 6 cast members are new to SUTCo and John [Ireland] has been branded the weird uncle, but yeah it was important for people to have a lot of time to get to know each other, and I think the friendship present in the script does come across between the actors.

Co: It’s a great flexible venue that we’ve used a lot before, so we're really looking forward to working with them again!

*here was a long convoluted period of chat about the stage space (which is end on) and Conal’s salad. Nothing much more to report. Salad photo is attached.*

G: ASMs. What role do they play?

Co: They play the roles of Sam (Beckett – ayy.) and Drew. Little Easter Egg in there. Also Samuel L Jackson comes in at the end.

Ca: We should also warn that there are a LOT of Steven King spoilers in the play so if you’re reading Steven King…well still come to the show just read it quicker. You have before Wednesday.

Co: ANYWAY ASM’S. Their parts in the narrative of the play were smaller than the rest of the roles, and I wanted to give them something more to do during the show. I did at one point consider the members of the prod team playing them.

Ca: That would have been great why didn’t we do that??

Co: I don’t think you CAN be on a prod team and be in the show? It’d be a bit like a Peter Jackson cameo but I decided it didn’t really make sense so we thought, “we still need ASM’s” and Mia [Young] and Alex [Williams] really impressed in auditions so we got them on board and gave them more stuff to work with.

R: Great to have them around to help the stage manager backstage, help with props etc. Costumed ASMs I really like.

G: Any moments to look out for?

R: there’s some great acting – look out for that.

Ca: Look out for the major plot points. Though it would be a shame to reveal those.

Co: Yeah and the Samuel L Jackson card has already been revealed so…

Ca: We should have kept that one under wraps really.

Co: There’s some really nice subtler moments that the actors have brought in, things going on away from the main focus of the scene which will show you more about those characters. When they’re not saying something, it’s often more impactful than when they are.

G: [wanky voice] they’re always saying something.

Co: We live in a society. (still don’t know what this means)

G: Anything else to say? Rachel I know you’re itching to say more.

Ca: What’s one adjective you’d use to describe the show?

R: It’s pretty cool.

Fig.1: Conal and his (disappointing) salad.

Conal, Caitlin and Rachel - '7.62' Prod Team

Ahead of our AVP show, '7.62', I caught up with Conal (director), Caitlin (producer) and Rachel (production manager) to check up on how rehearsals were going.

George: Hey guys, thanks for coming down. Another new writing to end the semester, what is '7.62' all about?

Conal: It’s about snipers in the military. I think why I wanted to write about it was to look at a lot of the stereotypes about modern military service and address those. I wanted to look at how a similar concept to Journey’s End can be applied in the modern day. For instance in Journey’s End Stanhope struggles with PTSD before it is a recognised condition, whereas in 7.62 some of the characters are suffering but the treatment for that is still so-so. For me personally it’s about letting go of that part of my life when I wanted to go into the military, so it’s kind of the final push to leave that chapter of my life far behind me.

G: Caitlin, how have you found producing 7.62, especially with the added AVP element?

Ca: It’s been stressful at times, I’m not gonna lie, but its been really rewarding and I’ve loved being part of the show. It’s pushed me outside my comfort zone and it gives you a lot of different skills and gives you an appreciation of how to put on a show. A lot has been last minute but it has all happened so it’s all gonna be okay which is good.

Co: We have money.

Ca: We do have money. Which is good. We raised several thousands pounds at the social which is good. I think with the publicity we wanted to reflect the ideas of the show as the title doesn’t give much away. I still don’t know why Conal chose the title, well yes I do but I just don’t know WHY. We had a really great publicity designer, Jazz [Bovill], though and it’s all looking great. She did a great job and was really pen to suggestions, not that she needed any.

G: Rachel, how has planning the tech been, given its at a different venue to the drama studio?

Rachel: It’s fun. Obviously were getting into the final week now where all the final designs are getting finished, which is really exciting. The set is starting to come together now with some levels and some climbing affects that the actors will be able to work with which will have a really cool effect.

Ca: Definitely wasn’t news to Conal…

*Conal stares in disbelief.*

R: Naah it’s not a way of changing the whole thing but it’ll be cool, trust me. There’s great lighting and some corrugated iron, and hopefully give the effect of a sniper’s nest, where the play is set. The sound design, costume etc is all great. It’s cool.

 

Coolcoolcoolcoolcool

Co: We really wanted the tech to reflect the oppressive nature and cabin fever, and the techies have been great for that, they’ve had some really great ideas and it’s been a real collaborative process. They’ve been wonderful to work with.

G: How has the rehearsal process been? I'm aware it's quite a short show?

Co: It is. It’s an hour.

Ca: A short show with a long rehearsal process, which probably isn’t a bad thing.

Ra: Considering actual rehearsals will start about 2 hours in.

Ca: Conal is probably the most relaxed director you’ve ever met. I’m getting on my jumper “Conal, they need to rehearse” because he just sits there like, “sandwiches, damn. We all love sandwiches.” And it’s half 6 and we only have an hour left in the room and I’m like, “cOnaL rUn tHe sHoW”

Co: I think having the long rehearsal schedule relly helpd us. 5 out of the 6 cast members are new to SUTCo and John [Ireland] has been branded the weird uncle, but yeah it was important for people to have a lot of time to get to know each other, and I think the friendship present in the script does come across between the actors.

G: How our AVP is DINA. How are we using DINA?

Co: We’re in the upstairs area where we did our collaboration with the Mental Health Matters Society last year.

R: It’s got cool brick walls. The backstage space is cool.

Co: Yeah it’s cool.

R: It’s just cool, I can’t think of anything else okay? 60 people capacity right now which is a lot higher than AVP’s usually are.

'7.62'

Wednesday 28th November - Saturday 1st December 2018

Doors open at 7:00, Show starts at 7:30 

£5 adv. Wednesday

£7 (£6 adv.) Thursday - Saturday

DINA Venue, 32A-34 Cambridge Street, S1 4HP 

Tickets available here

Content Warning: strong language and themes of violence mental health and death. Age 14+