After using our Brighton Studios as their rehearsal space, we asked ‘The Long & Short of It’ a couple of questions about their theatre company & their time in the studio.
When did you start your theatre company?
“The Long & Short Of It Productions was started in 2018 by us: Josh & Lizzie, a couple with a longtime love for theatre and the performing arts. With this theatre company, we wanted to create an opportunity for ourselves and like-minded, passionate individuals to be able to stage art and have a fun time doing it. We’re really committed to creating both a supportive and collaborative environment for those we’re working with (whether they’re seasoned or new to the arts), and equally to put on work that we’re really proud of.”
How did your theatre company use Copperdollar Studios?
“We’ve used Copperdollar Studios to audition and rehearse our upcoming Brighton Fringe play, titled ‘The Watercolour Woman’. Just before pausing in March 2020, our theatre company even used the studio as a recording booth for actors to record lines of dialogue that will be used in the play’s musical score! It’s been really exciting to have started this process from the ground up in one solid, set location.”
Did you have a good experience in the studio?
“We have loved working in the studio! It has had the exact right levels of space and privacy that we’ve needed, and is also really versatile for different scenes with different cast sizes. The studio quickly became a home for us and we’re very keen to get back to it!”
What projects are you currently working on?
“Our newest play ‘The Watercolour Woman’ is being worked on at the moment! It’s a drama with some horror elements, written by one of our founders. It’s a concept that is very dear to us at The Long & Short Of It and we’re eager to tell you the story of The Watercolour Woman once we’re safe and ready to do so. The show is a step into something different for us too; our last show was a large-scale comedy musical, so it’s a welcome challenge for us to now create a straight play that is smaller and intimate, while still being guided by an original musical score.”
What is your favourite thing about Brighton?
“It’s hard to pick! The seaside is an obvious choice, but we’d have to say the culture above all else. You’re always a stone’s throw away from a creative, be they a poet, fire breather, violinist and so much more… it’s already been such a joy to draw on the talent that Brighton holds. That said, it’s no coincidence that our play with the word “water” in the title has some inspiration from Brighton’s beaches!”
How did your work change over the lockdown?
“Rehearsals had to pause – of course – in late March 2020, but have used this time to both create and reflect while still in lockdown. I.e. lots of time painting, reading, spending a lot of time putting our score together, and watching great performances in theatre and film to keep ourselves engaged and inspired!”
What are you excited for in the future?
“It’s clichéd to say, but we’re most excited to be back in the theatre walls, both as theatre-makers and audience members; it really has been a huge part of our lives that we’ve been missing this last year! As mentioned above, we’re thrilled with our upcoming play ‘The Watercolour Woman’ and it will no doubt be a huge point of pride for us when it debuts! As for the future, who knows… we’ve got a few scripts and concepts that we’re already throwing around, but whatever we do next will be a welcome challenge to come.”
Where can we see ‘The Long & Short of It’ now?
Follow their Instagram to see their latest works. We look forward to seeing their show ‘The Watercolour Woman’ in the near future! We love to have theatre companies like ‘The Long & Short of It’ in the studio, and we’ll be opening our doors from the 17th of May. Are you a Theatre Company or Performer? Please get in touch with us and let us know what projects you’re up to.
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