I’ve always said how clever Brent Meersman is. Last night proved it again. I went to go and see Liberace Liber-ar-chee, a work in progress, at the Intimate Theatre. It was on last night and will be on again tonight. Brent has written the show and it stars Godfrey Johnson, directed by Mark Rayment.
Now, because it is a work in progress, it deserves that kind of discussion. So, I think it has brilliant potential. And it is going to end up being an extraordinary piece.
What I want to say is how we can all learn from putting a ‘work in progress’ on. It’s a fantastic way to launch a new production, create interest in it, show your commitment to the piece, explore the viability of it, see what works and what doesn’t. It generates a very special relationship with an audience – one where, I for one, feel involved with the process, and want to contribute to its development, as opposed to critising a final product.
I like the humility of the process too. Writer, actor and director place themselves in a vulnerable position and then they have to commit to going through it all again the next time.
The business of theatre-making can be a savage one. This glimpse into an ‘almost’ production also gives an idea of how difficult it is to stage anything without a somebody or some organisation throwing big money at it.
So, thanks guys. I enjoyed being part of last night, and now I feel like I have a special interest in the growth and furthering of the show. Godfrey, you are a brilliant Liberace (someone who I always thought was a bit of a moegoe until last night) And Brent, you really are very clever. It’s a treat having you on that side of the world for a change.