Read-in Cinema is a serialised piece based on a dramatised reading of the script of the iconic Australian film Picnic at Hanging Rock by a cast of 12 look -a-likes. The production explored the subtext of the sexualisation of the maiden in contemporary society. It was a challenge for the lighting, when each scene is so evocatively described by Peter Weir's script, what then is the function of the on-stage image? I concentrated on using light to create a sense of time during the performance's three episodes. I also explored the iPads, from which the script was read, as a light source, changing the projected colours and working with the performers to create choreographies using the light of the iPad.
Concept and scenography: Emily Kocken
Produced by Het Veem Theater
Performers: Astrit Ismaili, Branka Zgonjanin, Celia Piano, Celine Talens, Elif Ozbay, Emily Kocken, Esther Arribas, Jildou Kroes, Mirjam van Ansem, Nathalie Smoor en Petra Mesman
Costume design: Anja Romar
iPad support: Carst van der Molen
Light design: Vinny Jones
Premier 14th May, 2015, Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam.