First performed at the National Theatre in 2010, Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes In London is rarely taken on by community groups because of its scale. Even cutting back a little on that scale, The production by Chelmsford Theatre Workshop is still epic by amdram proportions.
A steel deck with plasma screen takes up one entire side of the theatre, half the stage is occupied by a four piece band and there are fourteen cast members; almost half playing multiple roles.
I’m playing just two. An extremely unhelpful shop assistant and Mrs Andrews, a Scottish housekeeper. I’ve never had to do a Scottish accent before, so it took a lot of practice and an hour of excellent tuition with Accent Coach Kay Welch, but I like to think I’ve cracked it. I was told I sound “believable”.