20th June 2022
The Secret Society of Leading Ladies has now opened to widespread praise, so we asked the creator Ryan Carter for his insight into the production and his reflections on where the theatre industry should be headed as the pandemic becomes a thing of the past.
Ryan Carter: “I want to make sure we keep raising the bar. Our projects get traction because they’re innovative or mould-breaking, as soon as we repeat a project 2 or 3 times, it’s not innovative anymore! I want us to keep growing and finding new ways to entertain / educate and uplift our audiences.”
Ryan Carter: “People are using digital theatre as contingency at the moment, which is awesome and makes a lot of sense. The USP [Unique Selling Point] of digital theatre is its accessibility, that you can reach anyone with a smartphone, laptop or TV. When live performance comes back, I hope the industry still invests in its digital offerings.”
Ryan Carter: “Wanting to produce something new! We’re nearly a year into Lockdown, we’ve seen living room concerts, Zoom concerts, specially produced one-singer-one-piano concerts, so I wanted to know what could be next! Rather than leaning away from the digital, I leaned right into it and produced something that forces the audience to be involved.”
Ryan Carter: “Madness! I have never spent as much time in post-production as I have on this gig. It was a solid 10 day edit, followed by 2 weeks of me stitching it together. There are over 890 individual video clips on the back end of Secret Society, each one of those had to be scripted, shot, edited, mixed and captioned. So it’s been alot! Worth it I hope!”
Ryan Carter: “I would love for more theatres to try this kinda thing. I’d obviously love to also produce more of it myself. I hope it’s a nudge in the direction of continuing to marry tech and art together?”
Ryan Carter: “Well I’m a resident with the Barn, so you can be sure that there’ll be some more innovative stuff coming through them. I’m also working on #TurnUpLondon again this year, which is awesome. I’ve also got some other bits and pieces on the go but in this climate I’d never want to jinx it!”
We certainly can’t wait to see what Ryan creates next and it’s sure to be brilliant and innovative if Secret Society is anything to go off! Be sure to follow Ryan’s Twitter and Instagram pages for the latest updates.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for The Secret Society of Leading Ladies!