Theatre group seeks pitch black backdrop
A community theatre circus is in dire need of a black backdrop.
At the end of the month Silver Circle Productions will perform Between Worlds, a collaborative show with the West City Concert Band.
But a change of venue has meant the group is without an essential component of the production.
Typically performing in the Rose Centre in Belmont with a black backdrop, the group has had to move to the Avondale College Performing Arts Centre to fit a live orchestra.
‘‘What we didn’t realise is they don’t have a backdrop, they basically have a painted wall at the back, which is white,’’ performer Beth St Claire says.
While this is adequate for parts of the show, an all-black act requires a purely dark back- ground, she says.
‘‘You can’t do a black-light act with people in black doing mysterious things against a white background because it doesn’t mean anything,’’ she says. ’’In that particular scene the idea is that everything is black except for parts of the costumes and characters … so basically all the elements float in a black space.’’ The acrobatics performed allow optical illusions to be created such as people flying through the air.
The group is calling to theatre networks to a borrow a black backdrop so they don’t have to rewrite the show.
‘‘It’s going to be quite fun and quirky but it only works if we’re against a black background,’’ St Claire says.
‘‘If it gets to a white background all the black figures doing things are purely visible against the white background so there’s no mystery anymore.’’
Promotional material for the performance describes Between Worlds as a full length circus and live music extravaganza.
Loosely based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, it is a story of finding strength in the most unexpected of places told through a cast of acrobats and dancers alongside a live concert band. Formed in 2008 Silver Circle Productions write performances by group members which include professionally trained acrobats, dancers and choreographers. They practice in Ponsonby and welcome anyone who’s interested in learning new skills. If you have access to a backdrop that Silver Circle can borrow then contact Praline Parfait on 021 044 8170.
Between Worlds performs Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1.
Silver Circle Productions in rehearsal.