29th January 2004




A theatre director who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company will be in Hull tomorrow (Friday) to lend his expertise to a bold new production.


Matthew Smith will be working with Mal Williamson, a senior lecturer at the Hull School of Media Technologies, on Mal’s new play, ‘The Con Promise’.


The play is a sequel to ‘The Love Code’ which was runner-up in the Verity Bargate New Playwrights Award and which was staged with a full jazz band at Beverley Jazz Festival in 1999, East Riding Literature Festival and the King’s Head Theatre in Islington.


But rather than put his latest play on the boards Mal is turning ‘The Con Promise’ into an interactive production for DVD.


He will be rehearsing with Matthew Smith and a group of actors from Whole New Theatre tomorrow before staging a rehearsed reading in public at 6pm tomorrow evening.


The performance will take place at the EICH Gallery on George Street.


“I don’t want to make a piece of cinema, so I’m hoping this theatrical run-through will help to cement the production ideas into something staged and deliberate,” said Mal.


“I want to create a certain kind of widescreen, surround-sound and hypermedia production for home viewing.”


Matthew Smith has worked with Stephen Poliakoff at the Royal Shakespeare Company and is currently teaching at LAMDA (London Academy of Dramatic Arts).


He is a regular visitor to the Hull School of Media Technologies, where he coaches students in creative practices and groupwork strategies.


Original songs performed by Harry Gurevitch will form part of the production, which is being funded by Hull City Arts.


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