Yesterday we performed Jennifer Hartley’s new play, No Soul For Sale, for the first time to an audience attending the International Human Trafficking conference in Cardiff’s All Nation’s Centre.
We have been rehearsing the play for just five weeks, having only received the script on the day of the first readthrough, and it almost seemed surreal to be putting it in front of the people who had commissioned the work after a relatively short time in rehearsals. After working on Til Death Do Us Part for about two years, five weeks seems like minutes in comparison.
This is the first work I’ve done with TVO that’s involved the use of a set. Our bus stop, at which all the action is based, was built by TVO volunteers and really looked the part. With its Cardiff Bus signage for buses from Bute Street, it was perfect and really set the scene. I was also really impressed that it could be erected in less than five minutes and all collapsed to fit in the boot of Jennifer’s car, sandbags and all!
The play went down well and, for the first time in my career as an actor, we received a standing ovation from the audience. It was great to hear people laughing at some of the more humourous lines in what can be an extremely harrowing story in places. The feedback the cast got afterwards from people as they were leaving was fantastic and the play seemed to strike a chord with lots of people.
If you’d like to see the play, we’re putting it on at the Butetown History and Arts Centre on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November from 7pm. After that, we’ll be switching to a screenplay script and filming the story as a short film.
You can see a trailer for the play and short film here.