The curtain came down on Death by Design following a week of great entertainment with full houses on the final two performances. The play provided some much needed light-hearted fun in our season breaking up the more dramatic nature of 1984 and Colder Than Here.
The whole team that worked on this production did a wonderful job. The set, highest we've ever built, looked absolutely marvellous and really set up the period and the performance exceptionally. The costumes, hair and make-up were a lovely cherry on the top of the cake which gave the overall look and feel that director Martin Cook was keen to establish. The cast were faultless, with regular, returning and new members gelling superbly into a cohesive unit that had a lot of fun throughout the whole process.
Below you can find Martin's programme comments and some shots from our Dress Rehearsal.
Director Martin Cook's Programme notes from Death by Design.
Good evening and welcome to the Hippodrome Theatre for this evening’s performance of Death by Design by Rob Urbinati.
From the moment I read this script months ago I believed it had great potential to bring joy and laughter to the Hippodrome stage. From the moment we workshopped the auditions I was certain! Agatha Christie meets Noel Coward in this, at times, frankly ridiculous comedy caper and I sincerely hope you enjoy the evening as we transport you back to the early 1930s.
However, before we get into that, it would be remiss of me not to make some well deserved and deeply appreciated “thank yous”. The Hippodrome is entirely staffed and maintained by passionate and committed volunteers and no production is possible without the work of many people giving freely of their time, creativity and expertise. As such, I must thank all who have worked on this production from James, as my coordinator, who has kept an eye on all the admin and timetables needed, to David and the stage team, Maddie and her wardrobe maestros, the hard work sourcing props from Gina, Vanessa, Nina and James, the finishing touches to hair and make-up from Kate and Lucy, the exquisite lighting and sound provided by Aysa and Leila and the creative skills of James (again) as our set painter and stage manger keeping us In line during show week. All of these individuals are needed to put the production you see tonight onto the stage.
I must also offer my warmest thanks to all our volunteers front of house and behind the scenes in other areas. The publicity teams, the box office staff, the bar, sweet stalls, ushers, programme creators and sellers, and house managers are just as vital – we cannot open the doors to you without them. So to anyone, In anyway, that has helped to bring this production to the stage. Thank you!
My final word however, needs to go to my cast. From the word go they bought into my vision for the play. They have given me everything and with great humour. We have had a ball in rehearsals and I couldn’t have asked for a more talented, committed and wonderful group to work with on this production. So thank you to you all – you have made my job so much easier and enjoyable.
All that remains is to for me to thank you, the audience for supporting us at the Hippodrome and I very much hope you enjoy your evening
Death by Design on Stage