Going by our very specific banner, Stags and Hens will hit the stage in 5 days, 4 hours, 2 minutes and 34 seconds. And production has been ramping up in a big way as we approach the final strait.
8 weeks of rehearsal and prep have whizzed by at a startling speed. We’ve been doing a full week of dress rehearsals which has been exhausting but exhilarating to see the play coming together. The costumes are quite comfortable although I don’t pity the girls having to manage all those heels. All of the gents remain unshaven and by Sunday a fine selection of sideburns, moustaches and handlebars should be on display. Herbal cigarettes are absolutely fucking disgusting. There’s going to be a lot of slightly nauseous cast and audience members next week, believe me. Kevin is taking the fine tooth comb to the production and the creases are being ironed out. He’s also tightening up the soundtrack for the play and it’s going to be a fantastic one. If you’re a 70s music aficionado you will most definitely not be disappointed. Paddy has put the finishing touches to our show programme. We’re going full colour baby so, in the parlance of Stags and Hens, it’s going to proper smart.
The actors are starting to speak exclusively in Scouse accents which is providing quite annoying for anyone not working on the play. Stage Manager Colm Sheenan is also trying to master a Scouse accent when he’s not chalking the specifics into his bible and looking for a 70’s shirt befitting a stage manager. Speaking of the stage, Thom and Kevin are moving the set into The Barn today so we’ll get a full run at it. Especially looking forward to using the toilets.
On the promotional front, the promo trailer has been spreading around the internet and we’ve got some wonderful feedback on it. John (Robbie) and Ken (Eddy) did a spot on Tom Dunne’s show on Newstalk yesterday to promote the show and Kevin had a lovely interview printed in the Kilkenny People yesterday. Can’t say we like the picture that was used but hey, any publicity is good publicity, right?
So we’re nearly ready to roll. All we need now is something borrowed and something blue!
Stags and Hens will play The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from July 21st – 25th at 8pm nightly. Tickets are 12 Euro. Bookings can be made on 056 – 7761674.