Peculiar Slice: Arcadia’s Prop designer

Meet the team kneading and proving Peculiar’s next production Arcadia ready to rise to the stage in February 2019! 

Who are you and what you got cookin?

I’m Alice, Prop designer. There’s a whole batch of stuff to make and I’ve got some tortoise and hare on the go at the moment. Wait, not like that.

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Arcadia: Meet Matt, the Fiery Critic

Week three of our introductions to the beautiful people gracing the stage in February. Today it’s Matt, who will be filling the shoes of critical Bernard Nightingale. Matt was one of the most loyal members of Monstrous Productions, first appearing in Mort in 2014 and never leaving our side – he even dabbled in being a stage-hand once! After getting in touch with his feline side in The Amazing Maurice for Monstrous Productions, Matt went a little more canine in Peculiar Productions’ The Truth in August.

Matt is a very busy bee at the moment, but has spared a moment to tell us all about himself.

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Peculiar Slice: Arcadia’s Costume Designer

Meet the team kneading and proving Peculiar’s next production Arcadia ready to rise to the stage in February 2019!

Who are you and what you got cooking?

I’m the costume designer – I’m currently cooking up all sorts of ideas about what our lovely actors are going to wear and how the costumes fit with the characters.

What ingredients do you need as Costume Designer and what gets your taste-buds tingling the most?

It’s a really exiting new challenge to be honest! I think its going to take a lot of creativity and hard work.

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Arcadia: Meet Caitlin, Mathematically Curious

It’s week two of our Meet the Actor series! This week we are delighted to introduce Caitlin, who in August starred in her stage debut as Sacharissa Cripslock in our first production, ‘The Truth’. A lot of firsts, as it turns out!

Caitlin is really looking forward to experiencing the thrill and excitement of performing again in February when she will take to the stage as Thomasina Coverly, the precocious student who knows much more than a young lady ought to.

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Peculiar Slice: Arcadia’s Set Designer

Meet the team kneading and proving Peculiar’s next production Arcadia ready to rise to the stage in February 2019!

Who are you and what you got cookin’?

I’m Lizzie, the set designer and I’ll be cooking up the scenery ready to be served to the stage this February.

What ingredients do you need as Set Designer and what gets your taste-buds tingling the most?

The core ingredients would be patience and creativity. A lot of research and experimenting goes into design and can often take some time before you get to that final product. But all that hard work is worth it.  I’m most looking forward to the finishing touches – I love the little details.  Not everyone will notice them but it makes it extra special when they do?

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21st – 23rd February 2019 – Arcadia

By Tom Stoppard.

Directed by Hannah Bennett.

21st – 23rd February 2019, The Paget Rooms, Penarth.

Peculiar Productions presents Tom Stoppard’s fascinating and witty comedy, Arcadia. Winner of the 1993 Laurence Olivier Award, Stoppard’s script is a sparky, intellectual masterpiece from one of the UK’s most talented playwrights.

At Sidley Park in 1809, the house is rife with intrigue and happenings, as the infamous Lord Byron is staying with the Coverly family. Whilst the gardens are being redesigned – much to Lady Croom’s distress – the youngest daughter, Thomasina, is being tutored in the classics by Byron’s contemporary, Septimus. Two centuries later, a group of academics convene at the same location to discuss the events that followed: did Byron take part in a fatal duel? Is the story of the mysterious Sidley Park hermit really just a myth? And who was spied with Mrs. Chater in the gazebo?

Proceeds from this production will go to The Brain Tumour Charity

Please note: this production has a minimum recommended age of 15, due to strong language. There will also be flashing lights during the performance.

This amateur production of “Arcadia” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

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Arcadia: Meet Ed, Master of Science

To kick off our Meet the Actor series, we are showcasing Ed who will be playing Valentine Coverly, the mathematically-minded eldest son of the household.

Ed recently returned to the stage as Mr Slant in Peculiar Productions’ debut show ‘The Truth’ after five years of co-directing for Monstrous Productions Theatre Company, during which he made a delightful cameo as a vampire desperate for a cup of tea. Perfectly cast in our opinion, as Ed’s tea collection is the envy of all.

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Peculiar Slice: Arcadia’s Bernard Nightingale

Meet the team kneading and proving Peculiar’s next production Arcadia ready to rise to the stage in February 2019!

Who are you and what you got cookin’?

I’m serving up Bernard Nightingale, a University Don. He’s turned up to help gather evidence to support an exciting new theory about Lord Byron that will rightfully catapult him into fame in academic circles. He stands out in the play as a character that leads with his heart and his gut (would never follow the ingredients list) rather than the more reserved and logical people we meet.

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Peculiar Slice: Arcadia’s Lighting Designer

Meet the team kneading and proving Peculiar’s next production Arcadia ready to rise to the stage in February 2019!

Who are you and what you got cookin’?

I’m John, the lighting designer, and I’ll be cooking up a storm of light. Arcadia has some moody scenes and different times of day, so I’ll be making the sets come to life with a bit of technical magic.

What ingredients do you need as lighting designer and what gets your taste-buds tingling the most?

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Peculiar Slice: Arcadia’s Production Manager

Meet the team kneading and proving Peculiar’s next production Arcadia ready to rise to the stage in February 2019!

Who are you and what you got cookin’?

I’m Sam, the Production Manager and I’m currently getting together a wicked team of people to bring Arcadia to life.

What ingredients do you need as Production Manager and what gets your taste-buds tingling the most?

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