As one of the current interns for the RSC Marketing department, one of my tasks for today was to venture into The Courtyard Theatre and capture some pictures of the creation of The Other Place, the temporary studio space being created for the Midsummer Mischief festival. It’s being made on the stage of The Courtyard, and is still very much under construction (as can be seen in the photos!).
Midsummer Mischief is a festival taking place from June 14th until July 12th, and features a programme of four pieces of new writing, presented in a double-header format (two for the price of one, what more could you ask for?). The festival is to mark the 40 year anniversary of the establishment of The Other Place, a radical studio space that was the brainchild of legendary director Buzz Goodbody. Buzz was only 28 when The Other Place opened in 1974, proving age really is just a number – take note young people.
Each of the four female playwrights has been asked to write a piece of new writing in response to the statement: ‘Well behaved women seldom make history’. When I first read the statement, I immediately wanted discuss with anyone and everyone who would listen, and couldn’t even decide whether I agreed with it or not! So I’m very excited to see what four very talented and spirited women have created using this stimulus, and I think we can rest assured it will be anything but well behaved.
Part of my role as intern has been to help come up with bright ideas for ways to promote the festival online and through social media. The Midsummer Mischief blog (http://theotherplaceatthersc.tumblr.com/) is a great place to explore the festival and its fascinating history. As the festival itself is so temporary, contemporary and exciting, we really wanted to make sure the audiences are too (enter RSC Key members). This is such an exciting project for the RSC, featuring four pieces of new writing in a completely new theatre space, and what’s more it’s all accessible for RSC Key members for just £5! Come and join us for your dose of summer mischief!