It has finally begun. A month long marathon into the unknown.
Our EdFringe show, 'Down&Out in Paris&London', has been through two rigorous R&D weeks and several major rewrites by our Director, David; now we are ready to crash test this beast and whip it into shape.
Monday – Start Time: 10:10 (Meant to be 10:00 but CityMapper Betrayed me) – Munch: Falafel Salad w. Yoghurt-coated Cranberries – Finish Time: 17:45
Eight hours around a desk; first for a jolly old readthrough, then meticulously actioning the entire script. For those of you who are unfamiliar with ‘actioning’, it basically means ascribing a playable action to each line in the text; for example, if the line reads – “I love you, Mother” – You’re action might be “to comfort” or “to praise”. Actions help you shape the emotional journey of the play and how each of the characters interact with each other. It’s essentially personality development … but with highlighters. It’s a lengthy and mentally exhausting task and it took nine of us all day to make it through a mere fifteen pages of text.
Clearly we were out of practice…
Tuesday – Start Time: 10:00 – Munch: Falafel Salad w. Banana – Finish Time 17:30
By the end of Tuesday, we had got into the swing of things and managed to knock out the rest of the forty four page play… With time to spare!
We had enough time on Tuesday to smash two other important tasks; ‘Uniting’ and ‘Locating’.
Uniting is a very useful tool for rehearsal management and line learning. You go through the text and mark out a unit based on the subject and/or context of each individual section in the play. This way, we can plan rehearsals based on these bite-sized units, and learn lines according to a particular subject of the play, or location.
Locating is exactly what it says on the tin; where is the scene located. This is very important information when devising because it allows you to work out what settings are returned to the most; which are the most vivid; and which locations need to be quickly converted into others. Once you know exactly what your locations are and what you need to achieve from them, you can invest your time most wisely into the sections that are most returned to, or require the sharpest conversions.
Already, I am loving this week. They whole team is a joy to work with and I learn so much from all of them. It’s a real privilege.
Also, I get to play a Russian communist conman... AVIT!!
Missing the RSVP team already (esp. Lulu, Emma, Nieve, Daniel and The Dark Lord Keith), but this is what it’s all about. I’M BACK BABY!!