This week we speak to our Director Mr Andy Lunn and delve a little deeper into the world of our Director.
What is your role and what does that involve?
Director – I’m responsible for the overall look and artistic interpretation of the show
How long have you been involved with Encore Theatre Company?
This my 6th show.
Where do you get your inspiration from and what was it that inspired you to direct Bad Girls?
I get inspiration from all sorts of places, listening to music watching films and TV and obviously seeing as much varied theatre as possible. During my time with Encore I have seen a very strong female ensemble develop and in Bad Girls I saw a great opportunity to show off that talent.
What has been your favourite show with Encore and why?
There have been favourite moments in all the shows but I think if I had to pick one I would pick Carousel. It was a show I had always wanted to do but had never had the chance and I think it really came together in many different ways. It had great strength in depth, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was really moving and the ballet was just ace.
Which part of Bad Girls are you most looking forward to?
I think the opening number ‘Shouldn’t Be Here’ – it showcases all the girls and is a really powerful number which sets up the whole show.
Can you recall a particularly memorable stage event that you contributed to?
I’ve been very lucky to have been involved in many memorable stage events over the years but one that particularly stands out was in June 2006 when I was asked to direct a concert at what was then the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. It was in celebration of the Queen’s 80th birthday and the 85th Anniversary of The British Legion It featured a choir of more that 1000 and was headlined by Peter Corry and Jane McDonald. Sitting high in the arena looking down on the whole thing come together was quite something.
Can you remember the first time you thought “I want to get involved in theatre”?
I can’t really remember a particular time – my family have always been involved in the theatre so I grew up with it all.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
Keeping everyone happy…. Is that part of my job?
What do you enjoy most about working with Encore Theatre Company?
The people – right from the start everyone has been very welcoming and supportive.
What else do you get up to when you’re not working with ETC?
I still do a bit of concert work, down in the Midlands twice a year, and productions elsewhere and I’ve recently started working with Company A Theatre which is run by Bev Maher, who is my right hand and sometimes my left hand as well, at Encore. I also get the odd five minutes to spend with my family and hold down a job as a media lecturer at Leeds City College.
Can you name a best and worst moment during a show?
The worst moment I think would be the opening night of a concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar at Leeds Town Hall. As the overture came to an end we suddenly realised that not one microphone was live. We had to stop the show and quickly discovered that someone had moved a rack and pulled the mains cable out of the back. The show went on and was a huge success and we could laugh about it later but we never found the culprit.
I have two best moments. The first was also at Leeds Town Hall when during a concert everything stopped as the host announced my engagement in front of a full house and my wife Alison was presented with champagne and flowers just before singing her solo. The second happened earlier this year when I directed my two daughters, Martha age 9 and Daisy who is 6, in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – their first ever show.
Favourite line from the show?
I don’t really have a favourite as yet – they usually come out of something that happens in rehearsal. Ask me again at the end.
Can you describe Bad Girls in 3 words?
In Your Face
Thank you for taking time to answer our questions Andy
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