1st November – Final Week
Tuesday 1st November 10:38pm
Well we’ve made it to our final week of rehearsals and things are going well. Last week had it’s ups and downs trying to nut stuff out with that impending pressure looming in the future but not quite close enough to get really excited about. Last week we needed to nut stuff out, to argue ideas, to try and fail, to become frustrated with ourselves and each other. I felt like after rehearsals yesterday the gloves came off and we’re really getting closer to jumping up and smashing out a show where we’re all on the same page, stage and roller coaster. There’s still details to massage and improve and discoveries to be made but now we’re really getting into “heart pumping, we bump in on Sunday hell yeah” kind of territory.
We’ve had Scott Witt come in and point us into the right direction fight wise and also give us some great pointers on physical proximity. We learnt how strong and threatening distance can be. Wayne, Greg and Christian have been working on physicality and three very different characters are emerging – all with strengths, weaknesses, masks and moments of vulnerability.
It can be a smelly business working in a room with just blokes and as polite and generous as we all try to be sometimes it feels like we’re walking on razor wire but thankfully no ones slipped yet, in fact everyone is doing everything they can to support each other. I’m blessed with three intelligent, formidable yet caring, passionate actors and I can’t wait to see them on Big T Bannerman’s set with Nick Rayments lights shining and Mangostein’s music filling the theatre.
Our marketing, publicity and producing department have also been going great guns. Lighting Bolton and I were up at 5:30 on Monday putting up our banner on the Syd Enfield Bridge, so if you’re heading into Bondi this week…look up. Kar Chalmers is working like a trojan and contacts every day with new and exciting forms of getting the play out there so hopefully we’ll be in print very soon… details to come.
Few more rehearsals to go then runs, tech, tech dress then we’ll be up and running. I really hope we can encourage people to sign the petition at http://mercycampaign.org/