Here’s what I though they needed to know about Tom Gallacher’s Mr Joyce is Leaving Paris.
It was a first rough draft, but you get the idea. The King’s Head cast was the very best ensemble we had for the play.
John Scully is down as set designer. Scully was a local jobbing builder who drank in the pub – Dan was very easy with customers. Dan recruited him and, compared with a trained designer, John was very cheap.
The only thing was… John built sets physically in real time. He nailed and screwed them onto the tiny stage. So, you had to be up all night making sure there was enough room for the actors’ rehearsed moves. Dan loved all that… romantic, alternative living.
You will also note that at the top of page two of the programme: “The King’s Head Theatre Club acknowledges financial assistance from the… Athur Guinness Company.” According to Dan and Joan, this was marginal.
You can read more about these people in Are You Going to do That Little Jump?
And look out for more about the actors in the next instalment featuring Mr Joyce is Leaving Paris at the King’s Head pub theatre, Islington.
Future stars were eager to perform in that shabby back room!