Adrian Osmond | POSSIBLE WORLDS
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ABOUT

Possible Worlds follows a romantic relationship through shifts in time and space.  John Mighton’s play won Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award.

CREATIVE TEAM

Director 

Designer

Lighting Designer 

Sound Designer 

Joyce 

George

Berkley

Williams 

Penfield 

Production Manager 

Technical Manager 

Technicians 

_________

Stage Manager 

DSM

ASM 

Wardrobe Supervisor 

Adrian Osmond

Jon Bausor

Paul Sorley

John Scott

Raquel Cassidy

Stephen Hogan

Billy Riddoch

John Kielty

Damien Thomas

Jo Masson

Malcolm Rogan

Iain Urguhart

Mhairi Burton

Peter Screen

Kay Hesford

David Sneddon

Liz Boulton

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

Some scripts can leave you hungry, disappointed by a lack of ambition, a lack of exploration.  Possible Worlds isn’t one of those – it embraces enormous notions over its brief running time.  It’s a love story, a mystery, a profound exploration of our needs and desires, all woven together with beautiful simplicity and aching stillness.

Having options may be liberating, but they can be overwhelming too.  One minute we’re experimenting with Buddhism, the next we’re surfing the net.  We can lead so many lives that it can be hard to hold onto a true sense of who we are.  The characters in Possible Worlds are confronted by the same dilemma.  It’s no accident that much of the dialogue slips into the past tense.  There’s a real sense of loss, of regret, embedded in this play’s fibres.

The central character, George, keeps slipping between parallel universes.  We wanted the audience to share in the strange sensation that George feels when these shifts occur.  The first time that it happens, George rushes out of a restaurant in pursuit of a woman, only to find himself standing in an office about to have a job interview.  By using a revolving stage to shift the action seamlessly from one location to the next, we were able to unite character and audience in their sudden bewilderment.

John Mighton has commented, ‘what attracts me to theatre is that it’s a work of collective intelligence.  I’ve been trying to leave out more and more in my work.  If you don’t leave room for the intelligence of the actors and the audience there’s no point in doing it.’

John pares his writing down to the absolute essence.  What that means is that often you need to leave space around moments to allow them to resonate.  On the first day of rehearsals, the read-through took forty minutes – but the actual production lasted twice as long.  It finished with a wordless slow fade that lasted several minutes, as the characters slipped away from view…