WHEN Doncaster Little Theatre stages American author Neil la Bute’s The Shape Of Things next week, it will give 23–year–old Amy Bidmead her first taste of directing.
Amy, a veteran performer on the Little Theatre stage, makes her debut as a director with what many consider a complex and challenging modern production.
The Shape Of Things is a 2001 play by author and film director La Bute which explores the lives of four young students who become emotionally and romantically involved with each other.
It was adapted in 2003 as a romantic comedy-drama film.
Said Amy: “At some point in our lives we all go through the struggles we see these characters go through – the feeling that you are putting so much more into a relationship, a family connection or a friendship, than you are receiving in return. “Are you willing to change yourself for the sake of someone else’s approval? How far will you go before you realise you shouldn’t have to change for another person?”
Set in a small university town in the American Midwest, the play centres on the relationships of two couples and asks of the characters and audience how far would they go in their life for love or art.
When Adam Sorenson, an English Literature major at Mercy College, a fictitious Midwestern college, meets attractive graduate art student Evelyn Ann Thompson at the local museum where he works, his life takes an unexpected turn. Never having had success with women, he is flattered when Evelyn shows an interest in him. But is their relationship and his transformation from geek to desirable male all it seems?
The play is full of twists and turns, performed in one act and has to make the best use of limited onstage resources.
Amy joined the Young Lit in 2000 at the age of 13, and over the years has acted in many productions including recently Girls’ Night Out and Girls’ Night Out in Ibiza. She also played Prince Michael in Snow White.
Added Amy: “Directing the play was a huge challenge, but one that I was ready for, having received the training and support from experienced directors at the Little Theatre. I’ve assisted the directors on two recent shows, and I feel now ready to fly solo with one of my own.”
The Shape Of Things opens on Monday, May 23 at 7.30pm and runs until Saturday, May 28. Tickets are available through the box office on 01302 340422 and online at www.doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk