The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.
September 7, 8 & 9, 2006.
by Christopher William Hill
Tom Pearson – Dillon
Tom Harris – King
Hugo Harwood – Mouse
Danny Bayford – Spike
Miles Bland – Elton
Ian Grover – Jay
Rhys Webb – Fish
Matthew Bayford – Geach
Annie Brooks – Princess
Sophie Lane – Twiglet
Katie Whitmore – Whizz
Sammy Scammel – Cass
Karla Coppendale – Mags
Kirsty Bliss – Tash
Annabel Brook – Jo-Jo
Stage Manager – Kevin Isaac
Lighting Design – Mike Medway
Technical Stage Manager – Helen Brewster
Lighting & Sound Technician – Tanya Courtnadge
Lighting & Sound Technician – Lee Wenham
ASM – Zoey Attree
Film – Jay Shurey
Projection Effects – Helen Brewster
Props & Costumes – Zoey Attree
Publicity & Design – Rosemary Bouchy
Publicity & Design – Rosemary Brown
Publicity & Design – Anna Barden
Publicity & Design – Judith Berrill
Front of House – Betty Dawes
Box Office – Mark Flower
Programme Note #1: Multiplex
MB wrote “During my time directing for Young Wick, I have been astonished by the talent and dedication the group have shown in every production – and this year is no different. They really have been a delight to direct and teach. As well as performing on stage, the group have put tremendous enthusiasm into all aspects of the production, publicity, props, costumes, sound and lighting. The year’s show really has been a group effort. With at least three members busily working back stage and the rest of the cast giving it their all, this really is an ensemble piece!
Multiplex is a play that looks at the magical job of the humble usher. As we follow Dillon, one of the senior ushers, we explore the individual quirks of the characters and their status in their work life. Their hopes, dreams, fears and aspirations are all united through their love of film.
As you sit back with your popcorn and … ‘Ask yourself one question: what’s your favourite film, punk?'”
Review #1: Multiplex
Publication: Shoreham Herald
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Reviewer: Jeremy Malies
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The world of the silver screen was brought to life in Young Wick Theatre Company’s latest production Multiplex. Written by Christopher William Hill, the play revolved around the lives of a group of young ushers obsessed with films. As the story was played out, reality and fantasy became increasingly merged, with the ushers making their own films under the direction of King, played by Tom Harris. King is the ultimate film buff, but his leadership was challenged when Mouse arrived and the pecking order between the different types of usher, ‘plankton, dudes and buffs’ began to disintegrate.
A strong comedy element was provided by Spike and Elton, played by Danny Bayford, 18, and Miles Bland, 13. They were King’s ‘heavies’ and the interaction between the two provided some of the biggest laughs of the evening. Tom Pearson, 17, also stood out as Dillon, who acted as the narrator of the play. He stood in the wings, observing the actions of his co-workers with a dry, cynical humour. As well as being funny, this play managed to address difficulty which many young people have trying to fit in. Throughout the play, there were references to famous films, Citizen Kane and the original Star Wars trilogy, which real-life film buffs will have enjoyed.
There were no props on stage, apart from a projector that showed clips of famous films. This starkness could have been a problem for the young cast, but, instead led to a feeling of intimacy between actors and audience which was enhanced by the setting of the Barn Theatre. Directed by Mark Best, this play gave a humorous, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable insight into the mind of a teenager. Everyone involved should feel proud.
Review #2: Multiplex
Publication: Brighton Argus
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Reviewer: Barrie Jerram
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The Young Wick Theatre Company made a bold choice with this unusual play, set within a multiplex cinema. In exploring the world of the young ushers and eavesdropping on their dreams and aspirations, it provided amusing insights into young love and young lust. The mind of the youngsters was glimpsed through a series of monologues within the framework of the making of a film.
Film making being the passion of the head usher, King, well played by Tom Harris. His place at the top of the hierarchy is challenged by the arrival of a serious film buff by the name of Mouse, a nicely underplayed performance by Hugo Harwood. The cast managed to extract plenty of laughs in a complex production that involved screen projections and intricate lighting with many of the laughs coming from Danny Bayford and Miles Bland as a couple of self appointed henchmen to King. A highlight of the show was when Cass, love-struck for King, tells the audience how she plans to kiss him. This involved a hilarious thought process that lead through courtship, marriage, kids, abandonment, child support agency and an appearance on Tricia! Equally impressive was the monologue from Rhys Webb as Fish, a diminutive character who desperately wanted to be noticed.
Review #3: Multiplex
Publication: Words & Music
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Reviewer: Gordon Bull
I have no doubt about the acting ability of this young group, which was very high. Why not? The whole tone of the play was couched in some of the more extreme situations to be found in many an inner-city playground or ‘low-life’ deprived area. I was warned beforehand that there would be ‘language’. So what? That’s life! But I never really discovered the thrust of this play. I thought the reference to Tracy Emin, when Spike [Danny Bayford] produced his own piece of detritus [s***] for his teacher to assess, was probably the central theme. There was indeed scarcely five minutes when ‘crap’ [my substitution; for some reason this is approved when the original is not] was not in some character’s mouth.
Well! Playground, pub and site language now invades, if it does not pervade, society. There was a time when one apologised to a lady for using it, just like removing one’s hat when entering a room. But times change! This became more than a point as the youngsters were caught up in this play within a play, where the films they watch are the life they live and vice-versa. There was some telling camera work and much credit must go to the convincing way the ‘signing’ was carried out by the deaf girl and her worker, but also to the whole cast in the opening dance scene.
Sound effects were always effective and appropriate, as was the lighting. Lead parts Dillon [Tom Pearson] and King [Tom Harris] were particularly strong and well cast. Most of the main characters were well-coached in delivery, which could well be emulated by all, but I confess that it’s a massive task to juggle the sloppy utterances of the back-street kids with the articulation and projection necessary to satisfy the audience as to its content. The 12-year-old who accompanied me said it had the right feel!
I can’t say I enjoyed the play, but there was plenty of humour displayed and all credit to the players. As ‘King’ said – “It’s the end of the world for God’s sake: there’s nothing there!” leaving his young protégé perplexed. Was it worth the trouble? God knows!