Of Mice and Men – Interview and Preview

Of Mice and Men – ‘the tragic tale of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, USA’. Many of us may have read Steinbeck’s timeless novel but this week LUDS claim centre stage to present us with his unforgettable stage adaptation of Of Mice and Men. I caught up with director Mark Raynor to get the low down on the play… Why did you choose Of Mice and Men? Well, I’d read it at school like most people have and then recently I was drawn back to it. I re-read the book and really loved it. I was thinking of the plays I wanted to pitch and at the time I didn’t know that it was a play, adapted by Steinbeck, but when I found out I knew it would be amazing to do. So that’s probably why I chose it, because I loved the book so much and therefore thought it would make an incredible stage performance. I believe this is your first time directing a play, how have you found it? Stressful (he laughs), really stressful, but at the same time it’s really rewarding to see everybody’s hard work within the cast and crew and to come to a flourish near the end. I’m really looking...

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