Zachariah Chamberlaine tells us a little bit about the props for Happy Hour – four short comedies.
“This production consists of four short plays that were written to be staged with minimal requirements – and even in non-theatre spaces. The sets are therefore just tables and chairs, and the props are likewise simple, everyday items and small in number.
Yet there was one prop that left room for creativity. In Brief Encounter, a man is sitting on a train reading a book when he sees the author of that book sitting across from him. As both the author’s name and the title of the book are given, I thought it would add that little extra touch if we covered another book with a custom-made dust jacket.
I googled ‘relationship self-help books’ to see what the covers looked like, and to my delight discovered that, yes, they are indeed generally the kind of bog-standard thing you can whack together using in-built elements from Pages 😅
Not so much to my delight, the internet’s advertising algorithms are now offering me couples therapy and a barrage of naval-contemplation literature.... However, I’m happy enough with the result to take that hit for the team.”
Photo: Anni Taponen