Local talent brings audience a behind the scenes special in Tunbridge Wells

PUBLISHED: 10:27 04 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:36 04 November 2016

Ollie Tourle plans to show the audience the performer�s perspective. Photo credit: Emily Dews Photography

Ollie Tourle plans to show the audience the performer�s perspective. Photo credit: Emily Dews Photography


Ollie Tourle will give his audience a show from the performers’ perspective

Normally, when the house lights go down, amateur producer, Ollie Tourle, is backstage of one of Kent’s major theatres.

But for one night only this month he will have the spotlight on him after being given the chance to produce and perform his own one-man show at Tunbridge Wells’ Assembly Hall Theatre.

It will be a show with a difference, however, with the audience not where you would expect them to observe the talent.

With entry through the stage door, the audience watching his show, Live and Backstage, will experience the background and on- stage work carried out by production and lighting crews, all while Mr Tourle performs a collection of songs to an empty auditorium. The young producer’s aim is to present a show from the perspective of the performer’s eye.

Of the opportunity, he explained to KoS: “I’ve worked backstage mainly, and only had my first gig on stage last year. The reason why I chose Live and Backstage as the theme to my show is because I thought it would be nice to give people the experience that a performer usually gets. The audience will be looking out onto an empty auditorium.

“Looking out onto the auditorium is an amazing feeling. It inspires me,

“The theatre here means a lot to me, I did my first work experience here and I used to come here with my grandparents to watch shows. It’s a priviledge to be able to perform here.”

Incorporating local performers into the hall’s schedule is important claims theatre director JJ Almond.

He explained: “We need to look at who the theatre makers of the future will be, who will the producers of the future be, and who will be the performers and the artists of the future. We’ve got an amazing team here with brilliant skills and we should be sharing those to help people learn and to present them with opportunities.”

Getting involved is key for those wishing to grasp similar opportunities to Mr Tourle’s, says Mr Almond: “Look in your parish, town or city for all the opportunities available. You need to be like Ollie, take the initiative and get in contact.”

When it comes to Mr Tourle’s show, the theatre director and performer have been working closely to make sure everything runs smoothly and the experience is everything Mr Tourle hopes it will be.

“Ollie has brought the ideas, he’s completely in control of his own show, he’s the producer and the artist. But what we’ve tried to do is say, we’ve got people who can help you with press and marketing, go and talk to them and figure out what to do next,” tells Mr Almond.

“Most of the crew have volunteered their time to support him as their colleague, and that’s where he’s lucky, because he has that relationship there.”

Mr Tourle will be singing a variety of covers but with his “own twist”. He has performed shows elsewhere in the county and in a number of theatre productions.

Live and Backstage with Oliver Tourle will take place at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells on November 26. Entry via Stage Door from 7pm. Tickets cost £18

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