A word from the producer: The view is from the bridge not of it

A word from the producer: The view is from the bridge not of it

Friday, 22 August 2014

There are casting discussions and poster perspective considerations, as well as a trip to the Southbank (thus the view FROM London's Hungerford Bridge), for Touring Consortium producer Jenny King’s this week…

We had our first meeting with director Damian Cruden last week, agreeing on cast numbers and understudy structure for our 2015 production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.


A View from the Bridge director Damian Cruden

We talked about casting (Siobhan Bracke is our casting director) and about the relative ages of the characters; of the frailty of Eddie Carbone’s sense of manhood and of his complicated feelings towards his niece; of the complex relationship triangle of Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice.

We talked about the setting and discussed potential designers for the project.

We have also started thinking about a poster image. As Damian pointed out to me, Miller’s play is called ‘A View FROM the Bridge’, not ‘A View OF the Bridge’.

There is much to be found on the BBC learning zone website about this great play with many interesting interviews and articles. See this one, for instance, with the great actor David Calder discussing his approach to View's main protagonist, Eddie Carbone.

Then I was off for a quick weekend in France to recharge batteries and enable my husband, Andy, to spend some time carving all the marble we brought back last month from Carrara.

Theatre-wise, the past week has been quiet for me. I just made a quick visit to This is Ceilidh on the Southbank.

If you want a taste of the Edinburgh Festival in London, you really should get along to the London Wonderground and have a dance of the Gay Gordon’s in the Southbank’s own Spiegeltent. I love a bit of bag pipes and whiskey - but where was the haggis?

Speaking of the Southbank… If you’re ready to think about Christmas yet, we’re presenting Slava’s Snowshow again this year at the Royal Festival Hall as well as on tour. Book early, I say!

A View from the Bridge opened at Theatre Royal, Nottingham, where it ran from 4 to 7 March 2015. It then toured to Cheltenham, Darlington, Wolverhampton, Bradford, Coventry and Edinburgh, where it concluded on 2 May.