The Sydney Theatre Company production of Our Town held its Night with the Actors on October 12, 2010 at Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House.
Below is a recap of the post-performance Q&A.
Tom Wright chaired the Q&A session for the evening.
On the play / production:
He believes that the play captures the beginning of life at start of 20th century and that it is the first main stage production Ian Sinclair has directed.
On being in the production and the approach used:
Nervous and worried that play wouldn’t connect with audience since it lives in the imagination of audience.
On performing the play eight times a week.
The atmosphere in the rehearsal room was different to when they went in front of an audience.
The August: Osage County cast sat in on the final rehearsal which was a bit daunting.
On the audience reaction:
Darren Gilshenan / Maeve Dermody:
Everyone brings a different intellect to it.
When it comes to the scene where audience members ask questions (but not really), people have actually asked questions which were unexpected.
An European woman asked if there were any homosexuals in town.
On having a foley artist on stage and incorporating it with the music and accents.
People will always be criticised for not nailing the New Hampshire accent but the Broadway production did a similar thing. It is an universal play with universal themes.
On the narration:
The narrator is a storyteller as well as God and a friend. He follows the journey. At the beginning he’s lively with hope, then deals with grief by Act Three.
The narrator interrupting is, like how life throws thing at you, so there’s no order to how things are done.
On morphing into characters and keeping a consistency with the time shift.
It’s in the writing so not much is needed to transfer in time shift.
All the movements in the first two acts with women in the house cooking, cleaning were all scripted.
On the ending:
Woman dying in childbirth was regular during those times.
Someone asked how did you super impose Emily into kitchen at end (laughter)
It gives a telescopic vision of life at the end.