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  • Unforgettable

    Hello all,
    my name is Yve Odell and this week I have began to explore the world of work on my work experience trip to Oddsocks productions.
    I began the week fairly confident with the challenges and new experiences that lied ahead, thanks to my background with Ellie and Andy who go back many years with my parents, i knew there was nothing to worry about and began to feel comfortable and confident within just the first 15 minutes. The weeks events began with writing short personal messages on post-it notes and attaching them to leaflets for their latest production of ‘Julius Caesar’. Just seeing how a little thing goes a long way in an independent business already gave me an insight into what makes a small business as great as this one has become. In fact just before i came to start my week at Oddsocks a teacher at my school asked where i was going, after i explained i was going to Oddsocks an eager reply shot straight out of her mouth, she began to explain that she had seen one of their productions and seen their son in a play for his school last year. “They’re fantastic aren’t they” were just some of the words that just managed to leave her mouth quick enough over all the excitement. I knew from then i was going to the right place, she even assured me i would have a great time. Which has so far proven true!
    The rest of my week has consisted of trips to the bank, post office, post collection, milk runs, meetings with folk singers and searches for parchment paper. All of which have made me feel very independent as most i had never done before, a trip to the bank was certainly new, never mind meeting a folk singer. Also i have been writing up a Shakespeare script ‘Taming of the shrew’ which has become something I’m continuously enjoying doing. Before coming to Oddsocks I had only heard of the play, but after scrolling down many versions of the script on the internet and looking at the copy I have been handed, I’d began to want to know more of the story. Even if I find myself confused by some Shakespeare’s famous words.
    Overall my experience at Oddsocks so far has managed to be educational, sometimes challenging but more than anything enjoyable. I’ve looked forward to coming in every morning and seeing what the day will bring and it has most definitely shown me what to expect when i one day get a job of my own or maybe even set up a business. But that looks like a completely new adventure…

    Joe Blogs

    Well hello there…

    WOW!!! Sorry about the delayed blog… These first few weeks have been crazy… So much hard work. Not only the show… But the get in’s and get out’s even the get up’s… Not to mention the travelling. It’s great tho, loving every second, and feel very lucky to be a part of this team. We arrive at a venue about 5/6 hours before the performance begins… To meet the organisers and find the perfect spot for the wagon… the very, very heavy wagon. We then unload the vehicles and begin the ‘get in’. Building up the stage… setting props, preparing costumes… Fixing anything that may have broke in the drive or the previous show… This takes approximately 2 hours… at a steady non rushed pace… Then its coffee o’clock and a bite to eat… maybe a quick wander around the town/city/village we’re in, or maybe even a nap or work out… really depends on the day and how you’re feeling. Then with an hour before the show, its focus preparation time… Individual warm ups (I’ll try and get some clips of different actors warm ups) could be interesting… also a fight call (Blocking through the fights, so we have no losses of heads during the performance.) We also block through any ideas or changes we have… Which is great. Constantly developing character and ideas… rehearsing and talking them through before the show… then trying them out in the show… It’s a constant creative process… And a fantastic way to work. After the show it’s pack down time and the get out begins… everything has it’s place, otherwise it doesn’t fit in the vans, and everyone has their own roles… (Again, I’ll try and get some clips.) This takes about an hour… Then it’s in the vans… and off the the accommodation… Hotel/B&B/Pub… Bite to eat… and chill. Before you know, it’s late o’clock and you have to sleep, to be ready for the long drive to the next town/city/village… And the process begins again. I’ve settled into this routine now, and will be able to Blog more freely from this day forth… If WiFi if present. Every location is different, as are the shows and audience response.. It’s amazing. When you make it to a show… Come introduce yourself, would be great to meet as many of you as humanly possible.
    Blog you later,

    Joseph ‘Mark Antony Blogs You’ Maudsley

    Joe Blogs

    Just a quick check in to let you know what Lawrence (Cassius) and myself (Mark Antony) have been upto on our day off from rehearsing Julius Caesar for it’s upcoming summer tour with the prodigious Oddsocks Productions…. 10am wake up, cup of tea + crumpets x 6 (Mit marmite), first act line run and character motivations, lunch (soup - Lawrence; carrot and coriander, Me; lentil and veg x 2, tiger loaf grrrrrr many slices, pepper; 7 twists.) Short musical interlude, act two line run, doughnuts x 10 (custard x 5, plain ring x 5)… Now it is now, and I am blogging… in mid discussion as to what to consume for our evening meal. Sausages are a high possibility… With a dessert of LINE LEARNING!!!

    Sorry if this blog seems surreal… It has been a loooooooong day of saying many of Williams words… And Lawrence makes me feel weird.

    Have a cracking Bank Holiday…

    Blog you later,

    Joseph (Antony)

    What a week!

    Last week we were in the West End of London and on Channel 4! This week, back in the office in Derby trying to secure bookings for the summer! How times change!

    The London run of “Romeo and Juliet” was very well received and definitely a worthwhile venture, thanks o all who came along and supported us and thanks also to those who wrote to us with words of support. We learned a lot about theatre and our style and had some great feedback throughout the week and are excited to apply this to our future productions.

    Our appearance on “Country House Rescue” on Channel 4 on 18 March has also provided some new opportunities, Andy is currently fielding lots of calls from people wanting us to perform in their grounds so no doubt we will be visiting some new venues this summer which is most exciting.

    Stay tuned for more info on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hamlet: The Comedy”.

    God Bless, Kee

    Oddsocks on Channel 4!

    So, Andy came into the office this morning and told me we are going to be on Channel 4’s “Country House Rescue” on March 18th 2010…that’s pretty cool eh?!

    For more info on the event please click here.