TIME will be of the essence at Kenilworth’s Priory Theatre Made when 48 Hours Presents… The Undirectables later this month.
Tom Kat is dead and the mysterious Stuporman has disappeared, leaving the country vulnerable to the evil plans of Deadly Nightshade and her bunch of Supervillains.
Is there a connection between the two men? Tom’s daughter Kitty Kat seems to think so and sets out to save the world with a band of somewhat unlikely superheros.
But no one has factored new supervillain The Jester into the mix. Will the heroes manage to save humanity from this unexpected threat?
The Made in 48 Hours team’s mission is to put on a show over the course of the weekend.
The scripts – which are pre-written -are kept from the eyes of the cast until the performance weekend when they are handed out. The actors then have from 7pm Friday until curtain goes up on the Sunday evening to learn their lines and rehearse the play under the watchful eye of directors Sam Harris and Jo Gough.
Meanwhile, in the same time-frame, the hard-working backstage and technical crew are busy designing and rigging the lights and sound, painting the set, finding the props and pulling together the costumes.
Sam Harris, one of the founders of Made in 48 Hours, has been organising these productions on an annual basis for the last 15 years.
She said: “We started out with just a combined cast and crew of ten and it’s wonderful that we’re not only still going but also to see how much we’ve grown over the years.
“I have never been able to work out how the cast manage to learn their lines so quickly. It’s amazing what you can retain. But sometimes people forget things and we have to get out of it which always seems to give the audience a good laugh. It’s great fun.
“We are so excited to be back at The Priory theatre who were so welcoming, supportive and enthusiastic when we made our debut there last year.”
As always the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to charity and this year’s show will be in aid of Baginton Fields School.
The production cane be seen – for one night only – on Sunday July 26 at 7.30pm.
Tickets, priced £10 and including a programme and raffle ticket, will be available on the door or in advance by calling 0788 641 5129.