Illustrating a Private Play – The Lonely Beekeeper

After each Private Play is published artist Steven Fraser will write a blog post highlighting the challenges and methods he undertakes in putting together the Play Scripts.

Title Page - The Lonely Beekeeper - Private Plays - Series 1 - The Lonely Beekeeper

Title Page – The Lonely Beekeeper – Private Plays – Series 1 – The Lonely Beekeeper

The first Private Play to be published is The Lonely Beekeeper. This was emailed over to me by Do It Theatre. Firstly I gave it a read through, being a bit of a writer myself I suggested a couple of minor changes, but was impressed by the idea, especially the ranting character Ashley.

For the script I didn’t want to illustrate the obvious things such as the character and the interior of the bedroom. I like to take little elements from the script and sketch up a few ideas. For this I decided to do a brief sketch of the Calpol logo as the character said the doctor smelled like this particular brand of children’s medicine.

Calpol Logo - The Lonely Beekeeper - Private Plays - Series 1 - The Lonely Beekeeper

Calpol Logo – The Lonely Beekeeper – Private Plays – Series 1 – The Lonely Beekeeper

The Edinburgh based singer songwriter Rob St. John was also mentioned, so I did a really basic drawing of a CD and the controls of a CD player. Private Plays tend to require very few props, but I like the fact that this play had its own soundtrack and that a CD player was needed.

CD Controls - The Lonely Beekeeper - Private Plays - Series 1 - The Lonely Beekeeper

CD Controls – The Lonely Beekeeper

For The Lonely Beekeeper I decided to do a plan of a typical bedroom as a example of where the play could take place. I didn’t want to draw the bedroom itself as this may be a far too visceral image and I would like the illustrations to only hint at what could happen when the play is performed. I have decided to do a plan for each of the scripts so expect to see more images like this in the future Private Plays.

Floor Plan - The Lonely Beekeeper - Private Plays - Series 1 - The Lonely Beekeeper

Floor Plan – The Lonely Beekeeper – Private Plays – Series 1 – The Lonely Beekeeper

Overall I think The Lonely Beekeeper is a great introduction to Private Plays and hopefully foreshadows the subsequent plays. In the meantime please download the play and give it a read.

Thanks,
Steven

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