It’s true! The Real MacGuffins have embarked on a very interesting creative journey exploring the past and it all started in earnest at the end of November 2014.
The project is the brain-child of director John Walton, who directed our 2013 Edinburgh show and our 2014 Best of Show (amongst other notable productions!). In his capacity as Artistic Director of the Fol Espoir theatre company, John had already been busy laying the groundwork for this new venture. He then approached the MacGuffins to develop a new comedy show (hoorah!) based on a fascinating little booklet he’d picked up called ‘Instructions For American Servicemen in Britain 1942’.
The booklet will form the source material for a new devised comedy show that looks at the impact that the American servicemen, who travelled to Britain during WWII, had on the country.
So off the MacGuffins (and John!) went for a week of intense research and development in the Cotswolds. The delightful village of Steeple Aston, just north of Oxford, would be our home, the Village Hall our office, the village pub our refuge, the village shop our…shop…well you get the idea…
We were made to feel very welcome by everyone we met, and we met lots of lovely people. We stayed with lovely Mike and Clare who had lived in the village full on 40 years. For some inexplicable reason they were happy to put up 4 over-grown children for a week and didn’t mind us thumping through their quiet cottage and taking over the kitchen.
On our arrival in the MacGuffin-mobile (or Matt’s car) Mike and Clare treated us to a home cooked dinner. We then spent a few hours learning about the village. Steeple Aston is a hot bed of activity with clubs and societies agogo! The Historical Society had produced some DVD interviews with villagers reminiscing about key village events of the past including the impact of the large USAF base at nearby Upper Heyford. So we got off to the perfect start and retired with full bellies and full minds.
The adventure continues: the MacGuffins get to work in the Village Hall and devise an entire show in 90 minutes – yep, find out just how that turned out in the next instalment of our Steeple Aston blog!
Or take a sneak preview by visiting Dan MacGuffns’ blog on his website: http://www.danmarch.com/blog.html