After another messy morning of glueing on Friday, our best efforts to keep the workplace well ventilated weren’t enough to prevent collapses of giggles when we started work in the afternoon. So, we put aside our guidelines of Objective, Context and Strategy, to work on some small scale rigging and counterweight tricks. They look great on their own but, the challenge is to find the introductions and resolutions for these moments.
As we’re trying to find our ways in and out of the moments, we have a new watchword that is Fragility.
Today has been a huge journey for me. Starting the day in last week’s mode of running through scenes that have no order, trying to polish them through physical training, I found myself at a total loss when I handed over to Bridie, who is creating a choreographic number that the work has needed since the start. My time out consisted of making a set of cards describing distinct scenes, looking at them and wondering how on earth we might make them into anything that won’t make people ask for their money back at the box office.
Enter Phil Mackenzie. With a blackboard, chalk, blue tack, my little white cards and a lot of questions for me about who does what, how it looks and feels etc., Bridie working away to 5,6,7,8s, in the background to Mr Scruff beats, leaving me feeling like I had a bowling alley installed in my head. . . The show started to take shape. We trashed, re-thought, segmented, co-related and over-laid the blocks of work into a First Draft.
Tomorrow, I will present the 1st draft to the company with all the pride of the Mayor of Poundbury, unveiling a water feature at the nearest motorway service station. Once the fantastic cast grasp what the bigger picture is, and as Phil continues to inspire, I look forward to our first full rehearsals at Riverfront, which will be more akin to the Mayor of Madrid unveiling a statue in tribute to Fallen Heroes.
Many thanks to Bridie and Phil for today.
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