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The Librarians: Week 2

Hello again! Welcome to the second newsletter all about Minotaur Theatre Company’s ‘The Librarians’. Thank you so much for all of your support as sponsors of this project. I’m going to take you through some of the exciting developments of the past week.

“Library? Librarians? No, no. We’re in a pet shop,” chortled Luxus Bulge.

We’re officially half way through our rehearsal process now, and we’re in a great position. Through the talents of the cast we’ve been able to devise and improvise the entire show! That’s about seventeen short scenes. Of course, much of the show at this point is very choppy, but director Lewis Garvey is working through what the cast have come up with and is writing up a draft of a finished script. We performed a few scenes in front of a small audience to see what they thought, and their feedback is looking very promising. The cast are having a great time, at least!

Following on from what I mentioned last week, a picture of each and every character has been uploaded to twitter @MinotaurFringe, as well as Facebook. But we’re not going to stop there, keep an eye out for pictures of the crew and how they’re feeling about the show so far. After that, it won’t be long before some characters in costume start appearing…

Both cast and crew are working hard on finishing off the set and the puppets. Cast members Emily and Poppy are working hard to start on the second puppet, the Book Monster. The stage manager, Ed, is in the process of assembling the Grim Librarian, including a moveable mouth. Set is also progressing well. Everyone is lending a hand at making a book or two. There’s one thing you can be sure of, you’ll certainly know you’re in the Library when you watch the show!

To see more images of Set and Puppets click here.

Another important aspect of the show is the music – more specifically, the songs. To find out how the music is being created, I’ll hand it over to cast members Harry and Ed:

After all the hard work that everyone has given to this project so far, we decided that, on our one free day, that we would pack up our towels and head to the beach. It was great to have a swim in the sea, a couple of beach games, but after all the hard work of the week, no matter how sunny it was, we all just needed a relax and a break from working.

Another very exciting piece of news is that the posters and the flyers for the show are officially here. We’ve got a total of 10,000 flyers, so if you come to the show, you’ll be able to grab one as a keepsake. You might even be able to get it signed by the director as a special thank you for your contributions.

If you can’t get to the show in Edinburgh, you’d be wrong to think you won’t get a chance to see the show. If you haven’t already seen, we’re holding a Preview Performance on the 26th July in the UEA Drama Studio, at 7.30pm. Check out the Facebook event.

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back next week to bring you more news straight from the depths of the Library. Photos, quick interviews… I might even be able to sneak in a preview of a scene or two.

See you next week!

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