Charlie Peace rehearsal room blog, part one

Posted on 10 October 2013

Hi, my name is Neil Bull and I am the Assistant Director on Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend. This is a world premiere of a co–production between Nottingham Playhouse and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Over the coming weeks I will be your eyes and ears in the rehearsal room as we craft and create this exciting piece of new theatre.

Charlie Peace has been two years in development and 6 months of pre-production meetings. We have now completed 6 days of castings in Nottingham and London bringing together the principal actors and musicians.

The production also brings together acclaimed director Giles Croft, designer Barney George, international graphic artist Eddie Campbell, composer and arranger Jonathan Girling and renowned writer Michael Eaton, who penned the playl.

With the scope and characters reminiscent of a classic Charles Dickens novel, folk songs drawn from the period and new compositions; a travelling troupe of players brings you the exciting tale of Charlie Peace, the greatest celebrity villain of the Victorian age. A master of disguise, an accomplished musician and irresistibly attractive to women, Charlie was a legend within his own lifetime.

I invite you to join me through an ‘access all areas’ rehearsal blog. You can see first-hand the production evolve and take shape; literally from the page to the stage.

I look forward to your company as you join me, Charlie and the cast and creative team on the amazing journey of Charlie Peace.