Wales Graduate Theatre Company

Day 9: Technical Rehearsal. Today’s blog is written by Viv Buckley (Director)

Things I have learnt today:

Good Stage Managers are worth twice their weight in gold.
Lighting Designers can make the world of difference to every aspect of a piece of theatre.
The training Production Students get from Gorseinon College is second to none in the FE sector.
Parking in Swansea University is not easy.
Ten boys on a space can create some magic when they are in tune with each other.
Primark is a stage costume outlet in its own right.
Real goldfish are very pretty.
Velvet dickey bows get lost in the post.
Sweet and Sour Chicken looks good, but rarely tastes nice.
5 hours is not long enough to tech the piece I have directed.
But.....when a group of people want to achieve a goal, anything is possible.
Young actors, watching other, more experienced actors rehearse, makes me smile.
‘Blackout’ rarely really means ‘blackout’ – I knew this before, but fooled myself whilst rehearsing at the Met that this time it would be different.
Changing 2 music tracks at the 11th hour is a good decision.
You should never question a moment stolen directly from ‘Singing in the Rain’ – of course it’s going to work.
How to get out of a scenic dock when one (or in our case the entire creative team) is locked in.
Electrical tape is cheap, so apparently you can stick that everywhere!

‘Out of the Goldfish Bowl’ performs at the Taliesin Arts Centre tomorrow (10th September) at 7.30pm. There are few tickets left, which are available from the box office: 01792 602060.

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Comment by Adrian Hocking on September 11, 2009 at 0:00
A big Thanks to Viv, Matt, Gemma and all the crew and cast. To be sitting next to a brilliant stage manager who was one of the class in my first year of full time teaching was a great privilege. Working with a team of graduated, newly graduated and two guys who are just leaving to start their next stage of training was a pleasure. Well done and thank you to you all, oh yes your ROPA’s are in the post!
Untill the next time, keep on swimming

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