The West Wickle Amateur Dramatics Society has announced that this summer’s production will be a stage version of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece, “Blade Runner.” The cult classic has been adapted for the stage by local writer Cliff Morley, who once co-wrote a sketch for ‘Russ Abbot’s Madhouse.’
Cliff told us about the creative process involved in putting such a well known and respected film on for the stage. ‘You need to be very careful to get it right,’ he explained. ‘There are a lot of devoted fans out there, so you’ve got to do it justice. To be honest, I’d never heard of the thing before my son Neil lent it me on DVD. Unfortunately, it was the “Director’s Cut” and I couldn’t understand what the heck was going on; so I got hold of a copy of the original version with Harrison Ford doing a voice over. That was much easier to follow.’
Without the Hollywood size budget available, some of the movie’s famous sequences apparently proved a challenge to recreate. Barry Flout, who plays psychotic Nexus-6 model Replicant Roy Batty in the production, explained how the ground breaking special effects were reproduced: ‘For the opening sequence we built a papier-mâché scale model of the future LA cityscape in the film. We covered it in UV sensitive paint and got in some special lamps. With the lights down, it looks really impressive. We’ve had to make some compromises, obviously. For instance, we had to replace the owl (in the scene where Deckard first meets Rachael in Tyrell’s office) with a budgie, but you can’t expect everything to be perfect.’
The show’s costume designer Maggie Bellows told us about some of her innovations: ‘It was difficult at times. I mean, the costumes in the film are just so sumptuous. I think Dr Tyrell’s dressing gown was the hardest to get right. In the end, I stitched together some lovely padded duvet covers. I’m really pleased with the result.’
Tickets go on sale this Friday at Munch and Judy’s sandwich shop on Renton Drive in Leston.