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Adanna Adams blogs throughout the rehearsal period for Our Share of Tomorrow, May 2013

Latest newsletter – “A huge hit”, Our Share of Tomorrow opens to acclaim at Theatre503

UPDATE: FINAL WEEK – CLOSES AT THEATRE503 ON 6TH JULY!

Latest newsletter: “A huge hit”, Our Share of Tomorrow opens to acclaim at Theatre503

Real Circumstance’s highly acclaimed story of love and heartbreak opens at Theatre503 in London.

Real Circumstance’s highly acclaimed story of love and heartbreak opens at Theatre503 in London.

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Recommended four times in The Guardian’s Theatre Tips
– Theatre503 NOW until 6th July -

“The cast take the audience on a journey that is at once exhilarating, exhausting and memorable. Our Share of Tomorrow is a love story. But, like all memorable love stories, Our Share of Tomorrow is also about life; the opportunities missed; the things left unsaid, and the lessons left to be learnt. Certainly a play worth seeing”
OneStopArts

“The actors are all amazing performers, which is reason enough to see Our Share of Tomorrow.  Unavoidably affecting, their passion moves the audience deeply. Emotionally purging, as theatre should be”
The Upcoming

“A super theatrical treat with extraordinary performances.
Plenty of beautiful moments to draw breath at”
Colchester Gazette

“An intense piece of theatre beautifully crafted”
British Theatre Guide

“Unique and awe-inspiring. A heart-breaking theatrical gem, which will deeply move those fortunate enough to witness”
ThreeWeeks

“From its dramatic, writhing opening to its quiet, reflective close, Our Share of Tomorrow holds you firmly in its grasp. Unmissable”
Fringe Review

“A resonant, melancholic exploration of love and grief that shines”
The List

THEATRE503, LONDON – ON NOW – ENDS 6TH JULY
7.45pm (5pm on Sundays) – Running time: 1 hr (no interval) – Suitable for 16+Box Office 020 7978 7040 or book online at theatre503.comCast: Jot Davies, Tamsin Joanna Kennard, David Tarkenter
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Round up of press coverage for “Our Share of Tomorrow”…

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Recommended by The Guardian’s esteemed theatre critic Lyn Gardner
four weeks in a row in her Theatre Tips

“A huge hit in Edinburgh, this is an agonising play,
well worth the heartache”
Spoonfed

“A super theatrical treat…extraordinary performances
plenty of beautiful moments to draw breath at”
Colchester Gazette

“The acting has rawness and intensity and the script contains a lyrical quality that complements its stark themes.
A quality drama that explores deep emotions,
it will resonate with most who see it.”
The Public Reviews

“Dan Sherer is a confident and gifted writer and director, supported by a strong cast. Through a combination of witty and moving dialogue, arresting monologues and song, all three members of the cast take the audience on a journey that is at once exhilarating, exhausting and memorable. Our Share of Tomorrow is a love story. But, like all memorable love stories, Our Share of Tomorrow is also about life; the opportunities missed; the things left unsaid, and the lessons left to be learnt. Certainly a play worth seeing.”
OneStopArts

“The actors are all amazing performers, which is reason enough to see Our Share of Tomorrow. They convey emotion in a way that is unavoidably affecting. Love here is not of the mushy kind – the butterflies in the stomach are gone, making space for regrets, doubts, anger and fears: fear of loving again, fear of being rejected. The actors’ physicality and quality of delivery are so powerful that their passion moves the audience deeply.
Emotionally purging, as theatre should be.”
The Upcoming

“Poetic. A nicely compact, pacey show, with a great set and a subtle sound design which evokes the sleepy atmosphere and rolling waves of a seaside village.”
Time Out

“This brooding exploration of parental love, romance and bereavement…is such an intense production.”
The Stage

“An intense piece of theatre beautifully crafted…a haunting evening of theatre”
British Theatre Guide

“A fantastic raw energy. The work has a beautiful economy, exemplified by James Cotterill’s fantastic design, and an admirably swift pace that makes it compelling.”
The London Magazine

“A company of real talent and dynamism. They demonstrate a courage many other theatre companies lack”
InSuffolk

“Unique and awe-inspiring. A heart-breaking theatrical gem,
which will deeply move those fortunate enough to witness it.”
ThreeWeeks

“From its dramatic, writhing opening to its quiet, reflective close, Our Share of Tomorrow holds you firmly in its grasp…a stunningly professional production. Unmissable in fact.”
Fringe Review

“A resonant, melancholic exploration of love and grief that shines. A touching and sincere portrait of emotional landscapes and the shifting, complex identities of girl and woman, father and daughter, friend and lover.
A polished, streamlined piece of theatre.”
The List

“Our Share of Tomorrow breaks new ground for these Essex experimental theatre practitioners. Sherer’s poetic, elegiac writing is full of intrigue and insight, while his directing is of the highest order too, his staging precise yet as elusive as trying to catch a sea fret.”
Yorkshire Evening Press

“The scene is set for misunderstanding, disappointment and heartbreak in this emotionally charged drama.
A strong ensemble performance ensures this touching story holds together.”
WhatsOnStage

“This touching story of drifting, getting lost and getting found [is] beautifully written, complex and humane.
Both uplifting and quite terribly sad. A play of solid quality.”
British Theatre Guide

“In episodic moments the three [characters] tentatively reach out to each other to examine loss, love, remorse and possible redemption…An affecting, accomplished piece of theatre.”
EdinburghGuide

“A beautifully crafted love story that achieved powerful layers of complexity…heartrending.  A joy to watch.
Complex, interesting and remarkably performed and directed – a must see!”
LoveFringe

“A layered piece of writing, subtle and shaded. Sherer’s play is one of considerable emotional charge portraying the intensity of grief and the human need for connection…very atmospheric.”
MusicOMH 


Our Share of Tomorrow by Dan Sherer runs at Theatre503 in London until 6 July, at 7.45pm Mon-Sat, 5pm Sun

BOOK YOUR TICKETS by calling the Box Office on 020 7978 7040 or online HERE

Help fund London premiere & get great rewards

Hi, Dan here. I’m Artistic Director of Real Circumstance, and the Writer/Director of Our Share of Tomorrow. This highly acclaimed story of love and loss – described as “unique and awe-inspiring, a heartbreaking theatrical gem which will deeply move those fortunate enough to witness it” (ThreeWeeks) – toured the East of England last month, with packed houses, inclusion in Lyn Gardner of The Guardian’s Theatre Tips three weeks in a row, and our sixth 4 star review. The production was previously a huge hit at York Theatre Royal and Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010.

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Tamsin Joanna Kennard as Cleo Sparks in “Our Share of Tomorrow”

Our Share of Tomorrow has never been seen in London, and we’ve gone all out to secure a three week London run at the acclaimed Theatre503 in Battersea (“arguably the most important theatre in Britain today”, The Guardian), but with only 10 days till first night we need to raise the final £1,200 to make it all happen. If we don’t reach this target, we get nothing, so we really need your help. We will be incredibly grateful for any contribution you can kindly make to support this project, and as such we have thought carefully to present you with a range of interesting and unique rewards.

We have tried to come up with a range of rewards that you’ll find exciting and interesting to buy, including behind-the-scenes access to the production, exclusive unpublished scenes from the play, and personalised mementos of the play.

Check out the rewards and access the campaign here – and please help spread the word if you find it interesting!

Day Ten

Adanna Adams writes…Today will be our last day in these here rehearsal rooms, which is very sad as we’ve all grown very attached. Bye room. However, we will be moving to the Mercury Theatre on Monday which is very exciting and we will have a set and a stage and seats where possibly more people will be/pretending to be our audience. So, yay!

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Working on the lightbox (click image for gallery of rehearsal shots)

We began on a high, as Dan announced that he was in a ‘good mood’ today, although to date, I don’t think I have seen Dan in a bad mood, plus it’s Friday and we all get to see our friends and family on the weekend so I think everyone is happy today. We were also surprised to find that Jot had disappeared and had been replaced by a Superman/Ben Affleck/Brad Pitt hybrid which was a nice surprise indeed.

We moved the set again today, into the Mercury but with much more hands on deck (thanks again Mercury crew) it took a much shorter time and meant that between the lot of us there was a lot less lifting and shifting, so all our backs and much happier. The lights have to go in before we can actually set the set up so that will have to wait till Monday, but there’s a chance we will get here and it will magically have been done already, which would be really nice of the ‘set-building angels.’

Have lovely weekend y’all!!

Day Nine

Adanna Adams writes…Today was an…interesting day. Again, I didn’t spend much time in rehearsal, or pounding the streets of Colchester and meeting the lovely folk of this lovely town. No. Today I spent the whole day (exaggeration, but I’m entitled to it damn it!) gluing my fingers to my fingers mostly, despite the job I was seconded to do was to glue gels to rope lights. Well, one rope light. Sherry, I think you’re lovely and a very talented lighting designer, however if I ever have to do that again during this production, I may be tempted to get a plane, fly it to New York, get a yellow taxi, get off at the Brooklyn bridge and throw myself off. I think I’ve lost my fingertips, which mean that robberies might be easier if I ever decide to change my career, so I’ll keep that in my bag of tricks. But at the moment, I am trying to recover the feeling in my finger tips.

Surprisingly, the team did a smashing job during rehearsals without me (obviously a fluke) and by the time I finished my rope light penance, they had given Dan enough good work that we were allowed the privilege of heading off early. We chose to go to Wivenhoe, in order for the actors to get some perspective and to reacquaint themselves with the circumstances of the play. Unfortunately we got lost (Jot got lost) and we ended up in Brightlingsea. Which was a lovely surprise. Very beautiful place with amazing views and the most amazing fish and chip shop.

So I can’t comment at all about rehearsal other than what the actors say to me, however what I can say, is if you see Sherry coming towards you with a glue gun, rope lights and gels, run. Run in the opposite direction. Fast. And with good form.

Goodnight peoples. Roll on Friday!

You can read more about the play, read Tamsin’s blog in character as Cleo Sparks, and book for the tour dates here.

Day Eight

Adanna Adams writes…We were reunited with our lovely Producer again today, which is always nice since we don’t see her that often. Again I spent a large portion of the day pounding the street, putting up posters and handing out leaflets, so again thank you to all the shop peoples of Colchester for being so kind and generous. If I’ve convinced just one person to come to see the show, then I’ve done my job well.

There was a very beautiful moment of confusion today between Jot and Dan; one that involved Jot making a costume change, one that hadn’t existed before this run-through. To explain it would be long and boring (not boring at all, really funny and entertaining in fact) however it did demonstrate a beautiful man-love that Jot and Dan have developed between themselves over the years that they’ve known each other. It was very sweet. And for a second (split second) it appeared that Ben Affleck was in the room. Turns out, he wasn’t. Very disappointing. But we still have Jot so, every cloud…

Less than a week now until we open at the Mercury Theatre Colchester and it’s all going on. We have a new schedule for our get-in next week, which is all very exciting, however it does include a dreaded move of the set (again, not looking forward to that bit, and for that bit to continue to happen while we tour).

So much is happening, but it’s difficult to explain; you should take a look at the pictures on Facebook here in order to get a clearer picture of the rehearsal process now. Much more honing rather than figuring out for the cast me thinks…

You can read more about the play, read Tamsin’s blog in character as Cleo Sparks, and book for the tour dates here.

Day Seven

Adanna Adams writes…Most of today was spent out and about today for me so rehearsal itself is a bit of a mystery to me for today.

Personally, I’ve rediscovered Colchester town and have also rediscovered how friendly people are here, especially when comparing them to Londoners, not that we are unfriendly, we’re just less friendly (trying to PC here…) I’ve also rediscovered again, that Colchester is probably the hilliest town I’ve come across in all my 25 years of experience of towns. Need to get more posters and flyers out tomorrow, so if anyone knows of anywhere I could put a poster or place some flyers I would be eternally grateful for this information. We open in exactly a week and hopefully by Friday the whole of Colchester will know about this show, and will want to come to this show, and will buy tickets to buy this show – not sure if there are enough to go around, so get your tickets quick…!

I did buy tasty and healthy snacks today in an attempt to feel less bad about eating constantly and as a nice little treat for the cast to last for a couple of days, which was very nice of me. Unfortunately, it’s almost all been eaten. Singlehandedly. By me. In about 30mins. So I’m not going to do that tomorrow.

Another run-through today, followed by an early ending to the day which was very generous of Dan and everyone was very pleased about that. So what did we do? We all stayed in the rehearsal room. And worked.

Committed.

An ‘accent-off’ between Jot and Tamsin and some help from one of Dan’s friends, has helped to hone Tamsin’s accent, we’ve had a rummage through the costume box at the Mercury and (hopefully) found some clothing that we can all agree is suitable for our characters. So even though the day has been short, we’ve managed to fit a lot in.

It’s been a tiring day and there is still more that can and will be done, but it’s a good day for us to end early. Hopefully everyone will be well rested and rearing to go tomorrow morning.

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Day Six

Adanna Adams writes…Sorry about the lack of a Friday blog. Tamsin has been very vocal in telling me off today so apologies. Won’t happen again, but to recap on the goings on, we had a wonderful end to a wonderful week, with a lovely run through, an early ending and the return of our lovely Producer, Emily.

So second week begins and it appears, ladies and gentlemen, we have a play! Most people had the chance to go home, see their friends and family, unwind and apparently, bake cake over the weekend, so we began the day in a really good place and kicked it off with a chronological run through. We met our Associate Lighting Designer, Sherry who patiently sat and waited with us during work on character so she could see a full run through and try to sort out the technical lighting problems no one else in the room understands, so that’s super useful of her; thanks Sherry.

We ate cake (thanks Jot), discussed favourite apples and some of us, (well, one of us) almost fell out of a window. Luckily, the actual play (if all goes to plan and there are no nasty surprises at any of the venues) will take place lower down and not next to windows, so we can leave that out of the risk assessment for the time being. We introduced water for the first time today (very, exciting) and it was nice to see the show layering up with costume, props, sound, and (very nearly) lighting. It’s starting to feel very real and it’s just as well since our first show is next week on Tuesday at the Mercury! There’s still a lot to be done, but we’re well on our way and the team is working really hard to make it come together. A lot of flyers and posters have been sent out over the last few days, so if anyone reading this has received them, please, please, please put the posters up and leave the leaflets out for members of the public to take. It’s a great show and everyone deserves to see it.

The day seemed to fly by, and that combined with the fact that everyone seems to have discovered that my laugh is the sound that they based the actual sound of a jackhammer on, obviously means we’re having way to much fun and need to reign that in, and culminated in a run through in script order with sound, which was very exciting. There was a hairy moment where I think we thought that Jot had actually hurt himself on stage (that’s how good the acting is in this) but luckily he was fine. Just very good fight choreography in action and very real reactions.

The weather in Colchester took a turn for the worse just before we finished, however in rehearsal room two, everyone left having done some really great work. You should be proud of yourselves OSOT team!

Day Four

Adanna Adams writes…We all congregate at the church down the road at 9.30am for the dreaded set move, something I think most, if not all, of us have been dreading. Apparently dreading for little to no reason. It took 15 mins to move the set and all its accessories out to the front of the church. Much less than the 30mins to 1hr we had estimated. While we waited for the Mercury van to arrive we were very kindly entertained by the local friendly church cat.

Unfortunately, our amazing start to the day was almost scuppered by the slightly pungent smell of sewage that was permeating the rehearsal hall. Once again, the Mercury to the rescue, and Barry was over here in a flash with air fresheners at hand and a solution to the problem that will hopefully (fingers crossed) make the 1 day and 1 week left we have in here slightly more pleasant.

So the set is in. And we have had a stunning day. The space somehow feels larger despite the ‘small’ Wivenhoe in the room; somehow it creates a huge sense of depth that the room didn’t have before. Everybody has worked hard today, lifting and moving large planks of wood, getting used to the set again and anew, even with the 30min head start, it’s still been a draining day. And it’s the first day that the dreaded chocolate table has made an appearance. 1 pack of Reese’s containing 3 Reese’s pieces, 1 pack of winegums containing an unknown amount of winegums (these were polished off in a matter of seconds by myself) and 1 large pack of caramel chocolates, containing, I would guestimate 12? pieces of caramel filled chocolates. Pretty impressive that it’s taken so long to break them out in full force, but this may mean some healthy snacks should be available for all of us tomorrow.

Lots of laughter, some amazing singing (well done Tamsin), although one of our drummer boys did get a little carried away (stress on the word ‘little’) and you know who you are and your name begins with a J and your name is Jot.
In all honesty the singing was quite beautiful and the drumming is a genius touch. I got chills and I found myself smiling for no reason at all. I only wish that it could’ve gone on for longer.

Day 4 and we have done a part of every bit in the play (hopefully that makes sense).

Film night tonight, so we are going to make like a tree and leave, collectively (that is NOT mine by the way, that doozie belongs to Tamsin).

Goodnight lovely people.