- Being an occasional production diary chronicling the run-up to Revenge of the Grand Guignol -
|And here they are... (L-R) James Utechin, Jeffrey Mayhew,|
EJ Martin and Tom Richards
I find Grand Guignol read-throughs particularly exciting because they're so varied. Most actors are taking on more than one role, and over the course of two hours or so you've moved through three or four complete stories. There are twists and turns in most of them, and if they can take the cast by surprise then that's one step closer to scaring the living hell out of an audience. Last year, at the read through for Grand Guignol, the quite brilliant (and quite scary) Maria Moustaka, who herself was playing an eye-gouging, croaking witch, actually yelped in horror when we reached the reveal at the close of The Final Torture, she had a pretty good idea it wasn't going to end well for the heroine, but until we got to the read-through she hadn't thought it would be that bad.
|Panny Skrivanos (right) getting some character|
guidance from Tom. James (front left) getting some pink cider from Kate.
|The Old Nun's Head is a bloody nice pub. |
The iPhone has a bloody shit camera.