Post written by: Erin Walcon
Spooky howling, a gust of smoke, and an ominous silhouetted figure in a deerstalker cap all greeted me at The Little Theatre in Torquay on Wednesday evening last week as I popped over for one of my regular rehearsal observations.
Director Stephanie Austin has created an adaptation of the classic Conan Doyle story, which uses both the original myth and Conan Doyle's presence as the writer live on stage.
The rehearsal was their last run-through before technical rehearsal began, and it was fascinating to watch the story unfold, even as the lighting designer plotted the design on a laptop in the next row.
Over time, it's really exciting to get to see different members of this group in various productions - such a privilege to be able to watch a variety of shows here over the last year. I'm struck by the expertise of the directors, and the professionalism of the wardrobe/technical teams - their dedication and keen eyes are constantly working to improve the show. I'm looking forward to a longer chat with director Stephanie this next week about her process and the creation of the show.