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Getting Plan D On

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This blog details Hannah's experience of producing her play Plan D at the Tristan Bates Theatre, from 25 January to 13 February 2010.

Familiar Faces in the Crowd

Performances Posted on Thu, February 04, 2010 14:01:17

Well here we are – almost halfway through the run, I can hardly believe it! I’m so proud of the play and the actors and I’m really enjoying myself.

While sitting in the audience I’ve noticed a few people I recognise – apart from all my lovely friends and family who have come to see Plan D. Last night Dr Hassassian the Palestinian Ambassador was there – he really seemed to enjoy the play and chatted to the actors afterwards.

Meanwhile, last week on press night my mum was thoroughly excited to spot Eastender Nick Cotton – aka actor John Altman in the audience.

Earlier this week I am told Political Comedian Mark Thomas was watching – I wonder what he made of it…

We’ve also had a few more reviews – here’s the Camden New Journal review that came out today.

Those of you who speak Arabic may also be interested to know I’m being interviewed this evening for Al Quds paper, I’ll forward the link to that when it’s published too.

First Review

Performances Posted on Fri, January 29, 2010 14:10:55

Well I have no nails left after our first three performances. But they have been crackers, especially Wednesday night when Michael Billington from the Guardian came along.

His review is in the Guardian today and he said some lovely things about the production:

“Khalil writes with feeling about homelessness, migration and a culture in which masculinity is equated with ownership.”

“sharp performances from George Couyas as the possessive father, Houda Echouafni as his guilt-ridden wife and Amira Ghazalla as her gun-bearing mother”

I’ve also added production shots to the Plan D Gallery – they are by Liz Hyder and beautiful – here’s a taster:

We Are Open!

Performances Posted on Wed, January 27, 2010 14:33:51

Plan D opened last night to a very healthy audience (over half full). All of whom were very concentrated and intent and seemed really engaged with the piece.

The actors were troopers and despite being exhausted from technical rehearsals that went right up to a couple of hours before the performance gave sterling and stirring performances. There was one slight technical hiccup but I dont htink anyone excepet me and the director noticed it!

We have one more preview tonight before press night tomorrow so do keep your fingers crossed for us.

Also we’ve sold out quite a few performances now so do book if you haven’t yet to avoid missing out!

The tech – Part 2

Pre production Posted on Mon, January 25, 2010 22:52:07

again so far so good so tired zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

sorry I cant muster much more than that!

but heres a feature I wrote for whatsonstage:…+Formulating+Plan+D.html

The tech – part 1

Pre production Posted on Sun, January 24, 2010 20:08:00

Today we started the tech – we got the set in – made by Jona Warbey and Luke Joyce and it looks REALLY impressive. Wonderful steel structured which they built in less than a week – incredible!

Tommorow we continue with sound and lighting and then a run in the space in the evening…

Here’s another Leonard article – an interview from Islington Tribune:

On The Radio

Rehearsals Posted on Fri, January 22, 2010 11:29:33

Leonard and I went on the Late Show With Joanne Good at BBC London last night and had a lovely time…

If you’d like to listen heres the link to BBC iPlayer (it’ll be available till next Thursday). We start at about 43 minutes… and we do actually talk about the play once Leonard has done his dog impressions… I kid you not!

Click here to hear Plan D plugged on BBC London (starts at 43 mins)

Today is out last day of rehearsals, and we are tecching on Sunday and Monday in the Theatre – so I’ll update you on how we get on later in the weekend.

In the meantime keep your eyes peeled for the Camden New Journal which has a big Leonard feature in it today+

Here’s the lovely Leonard (another Liz Hyder picture) in rehearsal with George Couyas

First Night Change

Rehearsals Posted on Thu, January 21, 2010 16:32:05

Just wanted to give you all a heads up that our first night is now going to be Tuesday 26 January (not Monday as we originally planned). This is “due to technical reasons” – in a nutshell we don’t have enough time in the theatre to tech the show so it is 100% perfect for all our wonderful audiences, so we thought we’d hold off a night. So if you were planning on coming on Monday please reschedule.

Also a reminder that Leonard and I will be on BBC London from 10.30pm tonight! I’ll post a link tomorrow – I’m rather nervous…

Lastly some good news on press – we’ve had mentions in the Metro and Jewish Chronicle this week, and Leonard’s interview in the Camden New Journal is out on Friday.

If you want to see how they are getting on in rehearsals have a look at
Liz Hyder’s beautiful pics… they are great, this is my favourite:

First run… & radio coverage!

Rehearsals Posted on Tue, January 19, 2010 23:33:37

Thank you to everyone who pointed out you cant see the banner – its a blip in the blog ! Being mended as we speak – ill repost the banner when its de blipped.

Today we have our first run in rehearsals – the actors were amazing, they really went with it – it’s a huge thing to put a piece together for the first time and their focus was brilliant. It’s really taking shape. I’m excited.

Another bit of news, me and Leonard Fenton are going to be on BBC London radio on Thursday night (21 January) to talk about the play. I’m hoping to convince Leonard to sing some Schubert (he is a brilliant singer – seriously, collar him in the bar after the show and ask him to sing you something). We’re not on until 10.30pm though as its the late show… don’t worry if that’s too late ! I’ll post the link to the BBC iplayer page here after we have done it so people who don’t hear can catch up.

Im already a bit nervous…smiley+

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