Theft – week 11 – a playlist

A few weeks ago I wrote about the ideas we were discussing for the music to open the Acts of the play and at the time we were leaning towards a jazzy type angle.

Both the cast and I had been mulling this over not really getting anywhere until MC pokes me in the ribs one day during our tea break because he’s had an idea.

‘Money’ by Pink Floyd, he says. We all take a moment to think, nodding our heads, and then SR pulls out his phone and plays it.

I like it, the cast like it. I go home and abuse YouTube’s replay button listening to it over and over again.

Yes, it’s rock but it has a chilled out jazzy vibe to it with anger simmering underneath…. just what Theft is all about. Everything appears to be fine, but under the surface lie resentment and disillusionment.

I no longer like this track, I love it.

Feeling inspired (a.k.a. procrastinating from doing my ironing, something I am a master at) one Sunday afternoon, I open up my iTunes account and trawl through looking for songs to have on while the audience are coming into the theatre. I sought out for ones that brought the play and characters to mind.

Firstly I came to ‘Blaze of Glory’ by Jon Bon Jovi – This is John (played by SR) in spades. He’s not just the king of his castle, he’s a god, and very definitely the hero of every situation he’s in.

Then I came to a couple of songs by Caro Emerald: ‘The Other Woman’, and ‘Tangled Up’. – The first is Jenny (played by JDC), very much the other woman. She is somewhat taken for granted and walked over by both her husband and her lover. The second track is what Spriggs does to the two couples: tangles them up in knots until they don’t know which way is up.

‘Sacrifice’ by Dolly Parton came next – This is Trevor (played by GC), striving to meet the potential of his youth, but are all the cut corners and sacrifices worth what he achieves? Jenny, his wife, isn’t so sure.

‘Don’t Ask Me No Questions’ by Lynyrd Synyrd – Spriggs (played by MC) is your classic Del Boy, or Arthur Daley: wheeling and dealing, he straddles that line between legal and illegal, spending more time in the shady grey areas than anywhere else.

‘A Legal Matter’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ by The Who – Barbara (played by CR) married John because she loved him, he married her for status and polish. She’s been made a fool of, and underestimated, and she’s had enough.





Theft – week 10 – four weeks and counting

Ten weeks down, four to go.

Four. Weeks.

I see my yikes from a few weeks ago and raise it to a double yikes!

count down

This week marked the finish of all the blocking. Now we go back to the beginning and add in the finishing touches, and the cast will go and polish up on the lines.

The set is coming along. All the walls are up, it largely needs decorating; the big thing to be done is to paint the floor and install the famous safe. The safe pays a large part in the plot, so I won’t say too much about that. The floor, though, is not going to be just black, JG and I will decide on some kind of pattern – wooden flooring seems to be what we’re thinking at the moment – and then I’ll be crawling around on my hands and knees to paint it. It’s fiddly and a pain in the whatsit but completely worth it when you see the final effect.

I have hammered out the props list and we are starting to get those together. MC, who plays Spriggs, has made a request: he has to wear marigold gloves at the beginning (he has to protect against finger prints). I had in mind that he would wear a pair of the glamour-puss ones, you know bright and stripey or something. He wants yellow ones. How boring is that? They have more stretch or something…. Hmmm. Anyway, the colour doesn’t really matter and bright yellow against his generally dark costume will work a treat, happiness all round. 🙂


So, yes, that getting-ever-closer opening night is pretty damn scary, but we’re in good shape, and this is looking like it’s going to be one hell of a play.

I can’t wait for you all to see it.



Theft – week 9 – stealing kisses and throwing punches

It’s been a running joke during rehearsals that, for Theft, we are heading for an 18 rating. None of your PG13 nonsense, we’re going for sex and drugs and violence, baby, and laying it on thick, too!

Yeah, perhaps not… Ha!


We have two – count ’em, two – of the most chaste and least romantic kisses in the history of stage kisses, and one pretty mild physical altercation.

This week we covered one of the kisses and the ‘fight’. Next week is kiss 2.

None of these events last longer than from a handful of seconds to a minute, but the amazing thing is that they take FOREVER to rehearse. You go over them, and over them, and then over them again, tweaking a bit here, nudging a bit there until it looks just so. And then, invariably, a week before show week you usually end up altering something AGAIN.

Exhausting stuff: everyone certainly earns their crusts while we’re doing this, but it is totally worth it and, boy, do we giggle! It is all so awkward and absurd, at least for the first few times, that you can’t help but laugh.

Both the fighting and the smooching demand physical closeness, and that does not come naturally with someone you don’t know that well. It’s very much a case of if you don’t know each other now, you soon will!



Theft – week 8 – just one more thing

Say the phrase ‘Just one more thing’ to me and immediately Peter Falk playing Columbo pops into my head. Happens every time.

As I read this play for the first time, back at the beginning of this year, Columbo popped into my head again. Not only does the character Spriggs wear a raincoat much like the one sported by the famous  detective, but, in his attempts to convince the inhabitants of the house he is burgling that he is one, he also puts on the façade of a police detective. He even has a ‘just one more thing’ moment to boot!


The set. Oh, wow, the set is coming along leaps and bounds. I was reduced to squealing like a big girl once again, all because the French doors now have door handles, and because Spriggs’ cupboard is up.

The way MC falls out of that cupboard has been given added depth all because he has an actual cupboard to actually fall out of! Wonderful stuff 🙂

We’ve been focussing on act 1 again this week, adding in all the little golden details about movements and character and line delivery. It is developing famously and, with that and continued line learning, it is starting to look really very good, indeed. Great stuff!

Act 2 next week, and there are some wonderful bits of action for us to play with. Fisticuffs and kisses and giggles, oh my!

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