HumDrum say play is more upbeat than name suggests

Left to Right: James George, Claire Stevens, Sam Sampson, Emma Niland, Helen Stoddart and Tim Sturton-Davies

Left to Right: James George, Claire Stevens, Sam Sampson, Emma Niland, Helen Stoddart and Tim Sturton-Davies

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There are three dates of significance in HumDrum’s performance of Voices After 9/11. December 7 1941, November 22 1963, and September 11 2001. Pearl Harbour, JFK’s assassination, and the attacks on 9/11.

But the amateur company promise that the 11 monologues that make up the performance are not just ‘two hours of misery,’ that the name suggests.

Caz Gilmore, director of the production, is currently rehearsing with Ben Counter in her kitchen at home.

She says: ‘The monologues are ten to 15 minutes long so I try and rehearse individually with each person.

‘In a way I think that has made it more interesting for the cast because we don’t do so many rehearsals together.’

Some of the stories from the characters will include characteristics that everyone can relate to.

She explains: ‘I’ve chosen it especially because it is going to be the tenth anniversary of the attacks, and I am worried people will think it’s going to be two hours of relentless misery.

‘It’s more about that conversation you have in the pub, the “where were you when” conversation. It’s really people talking about where they stood when it happened.’

‘We have a pilot character, a fireman, a ordinary housewife. There are lots of different speakers.’

Originally written by American writer, Lavonne Mueller, just after the attacks in 2002, Caz says that now they are showing it in remembrance.

‘I just want people to understand that it won’t be miserable. There are even some funny parts.’

The production is running from September 11 until 16.

Tickets cost £6 to £7 from The Spring, Havant, on (023) 9247 2700 or visit thespring.co.uk.

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