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Knee Deep in Rehearsals

June 6th, 2013

Last week saw the first rehearsals of ‘A New Leaf’ spring into life and what a productive few days they proved to be.  Here at SiteLine Productions Ltd we count ourselves extremely lucky to have two such exceptional actors in Sarah Whitehouse and Polly Smith working on our latest project.

So what of  ‘A New Leaf’?  What’s the deal?  What happens in it?  What goes on?  Well, simply read the following…

“A New Leaf’ introduces you to Davina, a full time gardener who couldn’t be happier with her job. Amongst the trees and flowers she is able to forget about a recent and very personal tragedy. But change is in the air, with financial pressures forcing eccentric landowner Annabel Fox to open the garden to the public. And then there’s Peter, brought in to ‘help’ Davina with the new work load, who she finds just a little too distracting…

A New Leaf ‘ is a romantic comedy about love, death and hedge rows.”

You’ll be pleased to hear Sarah’s Annabel Fox is coming on a scatty treat and Polly’s Davina is developing beautifully too.  Keep your eyes peeled for more updates as our latest project…blooms (eh?)…into life!

Below, our first audience member proves to be rather casually dressed.  Thank goodness the zoom on the camera isn’t very good!




Last Sunday evening we here at SiteLine Productions Ltd held a read-through for our latest project A New Leaf which I have written and will be acting in. We’re delighted to have Sarah Whitehouse on board and Polly Smith too. Anna Bond will be directing her first SiteLine’s project which is cause for great anticipation indeed!

Quite often my dual personas (actor/writer) are in conflict when putting a play on. For example the actor in me gets frustrated and bored with rehearsals, however, as a writer I take great interest and pleasure in them. Alternatively, the writer in me finds performance a gruelling nail biting affair and as an actor performance is very much the bit I look forward to the most.


As I’ve already mentioned in A New Leaf, I’m going to be wearing both dramatic hats so a true Jekyll and Hyde conflict will be played out, no doubt. I’ve decided to focus on the fact that at least part of me will be having a swell time all of the time and you can’t say fairer than that, can you?


One thing, however, that my different professions can chime in agreement with is how much I love a bloody good read-through. I was sat there during our efforts on Sunday night having a whale of a time and it got me wondering what exactly is it that I love so much about this prologue to the process of putting on a play?


Well, firstly, a read-through represents potential which is always exciting. Secondly (when I’m in charge at least) they tend to be lovely casual affairs with wine and food and thirdly the pressure is off all ends up. As a writer, if you’ve got as far as a read-through it means someone at least thinks it worthy of that much, and as an actor if you’re a little shaky in certain areas, you have the security of knowing you have the entire rehearsal schedule stretched out in front of you. What’s not to like?


I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as to A New Leaf’s progress in the following weeks. Until then, why don’t you organise yourselves a read-through, they’re terrific!


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