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Evil of the Daleks - the 1st Portsmouth charity stage play 2006


emperor - 3


And boy did that have to be strong! And of course once the 12 panels were put together it was ever so strong. No further strengtheners were ever added. Once it was screwed down at the theatre it would not have shifted despite whatever Dave Tozer and his bag of explosives could do!



emperor - 4


Well, once the whole lot was put together we had to turn to the colour scheme.


Once we knew we were going to use the green on the daleks we knew the emperor had to follow suit. The green was always intended to be like the blue - ie a colour you wouldn't work out under the intended bleak lighting for the first part of the play, and you'd only realise it was green when enough lighting was shown on stage when the gold supreme and emperor guards came on. They had to have the green domes as the green was our "colour" version of the black!


Very Very Tired


As I (Ashley) write this I am barely awake. Staying up til 3 chatting and the after-show party really takes it out of you. And then the daleks had to be returned to my house in preparation for further storage. Those casings have never seemed heavier. So I hope you will forgive us if we take a day or two to get our thoughts together before we get things onto this site. Both the site and this Devious-Evil sub-site will feature some photos from the show I'm sure - just bear with us over the next few days or so!


First Night

Amazing. At last we've made it to the first night without it all going pear-shaped. Even the daleks are still with us. At one stage with all the modifications I was making to them I thought they'd all trounce off back to Skaro. One sight of a screwdriver and they'd up skirts and run.


great rehearsal

...last night (29 Sep). Ashley popped down to Portsmouth - on a train - with one third of a dalek no less - and watched a great rehearsal from the Evil Team. It's really coming together well now and the daleks were also properly voiced this time along with clips from the specially-written backing music so the whole thing looked great. We felt we were in that Victorian House already!


Dress Rehearsal

Dress Rehearsal last night! Excellent. Brilliant. Had a tear or two in the eye when the daleks first came on. Don't mind admitting that. Hopefully you will too when you see it!

More words than this I cannot add at the moment I am so tired after getting home at midnight all this week! And even on the last night I'll be coming home on the last Brighton train (10.19 depart) and trudging home - but I suspect less of a trudge more of a triumphant march...


final touches

is now progressing on the last daleks ready for transportation down to Portsmouth for the play. Oh yes, and desperately checking with Nick that there's still a seat available to see the epic - although Ashley will doubtless be too nervous to watch! Already he's panicking about a dalek falling off the stage or some such accident making the national press. So don't be surprised if you see guard rails, dalek zimmer frames and loads of warning notices and reversing bleeping throughout the show. Well you know how safety conscious the world is now! - and rightfully so...


new dalek try-outs

This Friday in their secret Portsmouth rehearsal space the cast will see the first demonstration of some of the new daleks for the production in action. {Some daleks were collected from Ashley's last week.} Ashley is popping down to liaise with the operators and see how they get on with the beasts.  Any suggestions to make life easier for the operators will be noted and modifications can be made if required. Further daleks to the ones down at Portsmouth already are being prepared at the moment.



dalek colours

Hi there peeps - well, progress has been delayed a tad by a holiday and we promise to show some pictures soon of the work so far. However much of it has been boring behind-the-scenes construction. When the dalek conversions get fully underway we can show some shots. Sorry about that but its a necessary thing!



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