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The art of special effects and theatrical makeup is one that is often taken for granted. Some of the effects are very familiar: the pantomime dame, with a face that sinks a thousand ships, or Dr Who monsters that cause children to hide behind settees.
CAKE Productions has worked with a makeup and special effects artist on both their productions: to create a mask to enable an immediate transition from one character to another in ‘Devon and Demelza’, and, more recently, the scarring that results from self-harm injury.
To learn more about how these effects are achieved, take a look at our makeup artist’s website blog:
As invitations to audition for CAKE’s new production – ‘Hammering Near Glass’ – are set to be emailed, the team here at CAKE are taking a moment to reflect what it really means to ‘audition’, According to the Merriam Webster dictionary:
Definition of AUDITION
Origin of AUDITION
Wrapped up as we are in our new production, we are taking a moment out to reflect on our show that toured earlier this year. ‘DEVON and DEMELZA’ was a political satire inspired by the Devonwall proposal – a Conservative party attempt to transgress the Devon/Cornwall border for political gain. News in this morning:
‘Devonwall’ constituency proposal rejected by MPs
We are ridiculously excited, we know, but there is something about getting the ‘face’ of a new production that makes it REAL, REAL, REAL!!!
Our thanks go to makeup artist Natalie Fearnley – https://www.facebook.com/NFMUA and Fifthblade Photography – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fifthblade-Photography/113966675355785?ref=ts&fref=ts.
We will now drink tea, think calm thoughts and then knuckle down to the next step: CASTING!
Keep visiting us here for regular progress reports.
Work has now started on CAKE’s next production – a brand new play that will stun every audience that sees it.
HAMMERING NEAR GLASS will premiere on Friday 9th August at Sterts Theatre, Liskeard.
For more information over the next few months, check here and also our Facebook page!
Despite some challenging weather conditions, a wonderful crowd turned out for our final performance of Devon and Demelza this side of the summer.
For a young company like CAKE, taking a brand new show out on tour was always going to be a bit of an unknown. Forget the fringe-festival-type rationalisations: ‘I’m an artist, I don’t care if no one turns up’ – we wanted an audience at EVERY venue on EVERY night.
And that’s what we achieved.
Ours was – by choice – an unfunded venture, and so we needed ticket sales to pay actors’ wages. But more than that, we wanted a RESPONSE.
We had a very, very enthusiastic audience at the Hall for Gwinear, with many audience members coming up after the show asking about the writer (for the right reasons), wanting to know where they could see the show again, and generally enthusing about the opening performance.
Opening night at BIKE SHED THEATRE, Exeter was slightly different. We had the response alright, but as half the audience didn’t have English as a first language, we had the translator giving the response – and a translation of the lines - mid-show!
Apart from the weather at The Minack, other challenges the company had to face was a fire alarm going off and the theatre having to be cleared (Bike Shed), the set remover going AWOL (without the set, fortunately), and a double booking in St Austell that meant we had to rehearse to the background of ‘Oggy oggy oi oi oi’ from dozens of rugby players (you had to be there to get the full effect of that one!),
There will be further performances of Devon and Demelza, but for now CAKE Productions is starting work on our next show which will be touring the fringe festivals next year before heading to the biggy in Edinburgh.
And we do care if no one turns up!!!
Following a superb show at St Austell, DEVON and DEMELZA move on to The Minack on 7th May 7.30pm for the final show this side of the summer. Tickets selling fast!