Perse Players’ Chariots of Fire production will be an ‘immersive experience’
14 Mar 2019
“A thoroughly immersive experience” is what audiences can expect when they catch the Perse Players’ ambitious production of Chariots of Fire later this month.
So says the show’s stage manager and production assistant Tabbi Dodds (Upper Sixth), who is playing a key role in bringing everything together ready for the four performances, which take place in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre from 28 to 30 March.
Based on the classic film about the stories of real-life British athletes Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, the Perse Players’ production takes on the stage adaptation by Mike Bartlett, which was mounted to mark the 2012 Olympics in London.
Tabbi explained: “We’re not going to be bringing a beach into the Performing Arts Centre (referring to the film’s iconic beach running scene featuring the famous Vangelis soundtrack), but the stage version is very much inspired by the film. There are still ways it can look impressive, but we’re just trying to get that effect and give little nods to the film without actually replicating it.
“It’s going to be a big, big show and it should be absolutely amazing. Without saying too much, the way it’s all set up and the atmosphere we’re trying to create should make it a thoroughly immersive experience and a really great night.”
With an eye on stage management as a possible career, Tabbi is enjoying the responsibility of her role “making sure the actors, the props and the set required are in the right place at the right time”.
Meanwhile as production assistant, a task she also carried out in the previous Perse Players’ productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Billy Elliot the Musical, she reads in for absent cast members at rehearsals and works closely with Perse Theatre Director in Residence Matt Hawksworth to ensure the smooth running of the process.
She said: “I just love being involved in the theatre and drama at The Perse. There is a lot of integration between everyone. Sunday rehearsals are great because you all sit down and eat lunch together, put some music on and have a laugh together so there is that camaraderie. I love drama because you get to meet so many people from all across the school.”
With the opening night of Chariots of Fire just two weeks away, Tabbi said she could not wait to see several months of work come to fruition.
She said: “Until the actual production, I’ll see little things to improve because I’ll always be picky, but it’s really coming together and looks very impressive. I’m so looking forward to the show as this will be my last big production at The Perse, so I just want to make the most of it.”
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