BLADE RUNNER. One of my Top 5 films of all time. The idea of a stage version of this never crossed my mind. Yeah, it's cool to think about being approached to appear in a live version - and to be playing ROY BATTY, dream role. Then, after the initial elation, the thought hits you like a bullet from Rick Deckard's gun. 'Oh, my god, this is Blade Runner and we're doing it live on a set the size of your bedroom. It can't work...'.
Well after the first full run of our version yesterday? I can tell you I'm a LOT more relaxed. THIS WORKS.
But it doesn't work from simply picking up the film script and going 'Right, here we go.' It works from paying the ultimate respect to that story, characters and milestone film, and crafting something new from that. The many talents involved in this have done just that.
GARETH KAVANAGH and IAN WINTERTON are producing, two of the main foundations now down at Fort LASS O'GOWRIE, a venue that has now carved out one helluva reputation on the fringe circuit. And when you really think about it - with the back catalogue of Sci Fi adaptations such as DOCTOR WHO and V FOR VENDETTA - This Lass is up for the challenge, and with a twinkle in her eye and a deep love and respect for the original, she delivers.
I'm keeping this short but suffice to say; BLADE RUNNER - how many times in your life are you going to get the opportunity to see this LIVE? I can promise you we have one helluva show for you, I truly believe we have done it justice and we are all creating something we are very proud of. It may move on to other venues but there is no guarantee - and isn't it always more fun to say 'I was there when they rolled this out for the very first time...' Tickets are selling very fast now with both shows for Saturday almost sold out; They can be booked at this link:
Below are various behind the scenes shots and rehearsal pics, along with some truly excellent poster work by the magnificent Darren McGinn (ALL POSTER IMAGES BY DARREN)
Hope to see you there...
Joe and the Cast n Crew...xxx