When Newport Playgoers decided to choose Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde as their October play, the usual problems of set, costume and actors were as usual dealt with by the backstage wizards at the theatre, but one problem evaded them. Who would paint the portrait needed of Jekyll’s father?
Being fairly important in the plot, they were stumped. Thankfully Emily Clark, a new volunteer arrived at the perfect time. Could Emily paint? Well, it turned out not only could she paint but paint really well and the production was saved from disaster.
Lynn Phillips the director said “It was a real problem, we were struggling and debating whether to photocopy and enlarge a picture of the actor, but it didn’t look like a painting. Also we needed the correct clothing for the period. Thankfully Emily saved the day!”
Emily was delighted to help, and said “Having only just started as a volunteer I was blown away to be asked to produce a piece of Art work for the Jekyll and Hyde production.
I have always had such a strong interest in Theatre and Art & Design so offering my Artistry and it being used in a production really was the icing on the cake for me. I can’t wait to see my painting onstage and look forward to continuing to help out at the Theatre for future productions.
Emily’s picture will be framed and used in the play.which runs from October 16th to the 20th. Tickets are available by visiting dolmantheatre.co.uk