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‘Ruby Moon’ is the first foray of The Revellers into a modern day text which provides the challenge of working outside of expectations. Matt Cameron’s script is an intriguing mix of magical realism and the abstract, calling into question what is a construct and what is reality.

The reason we have chosen this show as the first modern day text as a theatre company is because it has such vibrant characters, which are full of soul yet lacking purpose.  Throughout the script of ‘Ruby Moon’ the eight characters are presented to the audience using only two actors, portrayed through the use of voice, movement and props.  This play tests the actors performing in it because the characters vary widely.  From an old religious spinster to a slightly neurotic clown, the actors have to understand each character they are producing.  The characters are the heart and soul of this play.  That’s what makes ‘Ruby Moon’ so special.

The show begins with Ray and Sylvie, a couple frozen in time, surrounded by random bits and pieces of household objects, suspended on nooses. As the journey progresses we realise that each noose contains a clue to the nature of the characters they belong to and a clue to the mystery that is ‘Ruby Moon’

Interestingly this production has been made up of pairs. With two casts of two actors and two directors sharing the helm, this provides for many open discussions on the nature of grief and reality itself which we hope will be continued by audiences when they finally get the chance to join in our journey away from reality.

The creative choices we have made, that will set us apart from the other productions of Ruby Moon, is that, in true Revellers style, we have tackled the project from a slightly different angle.  We want the characters to be intense for the audience members, so the performance space it is presented within encapsulates the audience.  To create the strong presence of mystery involved within this script, there is also a mixture of sound effects and music that has been designed to provoke emotional reactions from those who see it.  The set we have created mirrors that of the main characters Ray and Sylvie.  The characters are lost and their lives are abandoned after the disappearance of their child Ruby, and to reflect this, the set is simplistic and minimalistic – relying on the actors to produce scenes and images for the audience.

This may be a set text for schools; however that doesn’t limit the relevance of this play to all patrons. Indeed, there is as much (if not more) in the text and this performance to tempt audiences of all walks of life. After all, grief is universal.

We are proud that this is the opening production for The Revellers for 2013.  Through special arrangement with Matt Cameron and Currency Press, this will be a theatre experience which will affect audiences and provoke emotions and thoughts of those who attend.

Adam Dean and Sarah Courtis (Directors)