I had the pleasure of directing Moonfleece by Philip Ridley for the first public performance of Third Year Acting BA Students at BathSpa University.
The actors were well prepared for this their biggest moment on the stage to date in their careers. They were toured through Phil’s haunts in the East End, for many the first time they had been in London. Bethnal Green made a deep impression and gave them points of reference to use in the rehearsal. The finished the tour with a trip to the Arcola to see Ridley’s Ghost From A Perfect place and they were suitably impressed and inspired.
Phil had given them a lot to think about, he primed them and inspired them. The energy he helped them generate saw them work through long rehearsal days with vigour and dedication. I was impressed with their desire to go deep into the waters of the play, and the atmosphere was always vibrant. During rehearsals, Moonfleece came to be voted one of the 50 most important pieces of literature for youth and diversity since 1950 – an accolade that made the cast and crew even more determined.
The performances came at the right time, they were all (cast and production team) ready to show what they could do. I am very optimistic for their chances to forge a fulfilling life for themselves in the industry. I am pleased to say that they all did themselves an enormous amount of credit, and I think the experience will serve them well.
Good luck Moonfleecers #BathSpa
Philip Ridley created the following pieces of artwork. They were brilliantly useful for the actors. I hope you like these gorgeous photos.