Director's Notes with Barbara Crawford

A production is a collaboration between playwright, director, actors and crew, each supporting the hard work being contributed by the rest of the team. The director is rather like an orchestra conductor keeping everyone in tune. My approach to directing is strongly influenced by my background as an actor, which means I have my own ideas about how the play should look but welcome the input from the performer.  A good performance is only given when the actor is comfortable with the interpretation of the role and is invested in it.

I am drawn to plays that have a little bit of magic about them. In Echoes we see the memories of an old lady being brought to life and can share her happy and sad times. So much more powerful than just reading the words, we see the emotion and tumult that the people who lived through the First World War were subjected to.

I love to use music and lighting to create illusions and atmosphere. In the previous play I directed I made use of audio visual effects and wove them into the action on stage, which was another kind of magic.

The secret to directing a great production is casting well, and I am delighted to say that for Echoes I have cast extremely well! This talented group will ensure that you enjoy a wonderful evening of theatre, and it might even bring a tear to your eye!

Echoes is playing at Beaumaris Theatre from 17 August - 1 September 2018.