It’s the end of week 3! Crikey how did that happen?
The process over the last few weeks has been quite slippery as there are still some parts of the show that we are not quite settled on and some creative problems we still need to solve.
In Week 2 we worked on a broad sketch of the whole show, trying not to get bogged down in detail but to work through everything to get a sense of the story and truth of our character. We made some big choices this week, changed the order about a bit, cut some material, brought in whole new ideas.
In Week 3 we started to work on detail, enjoying choreography, finding the precision needed for certain moments. We also invented a ‘Think Script’ for our silent character which records what she is thinking at every moment. We discovered that the audience are really engaged when we know what our character is thinking, when she shares it with us. So now in creating each scene Melanie talks out loud to us during the scene sharing her thoughts. I type this out furiously and then when Melanie is rehearsing she can find non verbal action, looks, facial expressions that communicate these thoughts.
The beginning and the end are still the parts that need the most work. As the meat of the show gets stronger we seem to be getting clearer about what we need though. Each Friday for the last week so far we have finished with a run of the show followed by a discussion and feedback session with everyone about where we are at and how things are reading. The discoveries we made after watching the run-throughs has been the driving force for our work for the following week and after the run this Friday we have a much clearer sense of what we need to do.
This week we will focus more on the technical elements of the show and tomorrow we start having audio visuals in rehearsals. This will flip the show upside down, inside out all over again!
Wish us luck!!
Caitlin and Melanie x