day of loren

Today I’m at Loren’s flat working on Sexing The Cherry and also helping her design her own website, which may bear a striking resemblance to mine…hmmm. Watch this space…

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winding back up

After a lovely and quite restful (in between carrying on with the kitchen re-fit) Christmas, now it’s time to start getting stuck back into work. Winding back up again. Casting Gotcha and meeting with the creatives for that are the biggest priority at the moment, though am also off to ENO this afternoon to meet with my composer for the porn opera.

Then January is very busy in a sporadic way with lots of little things; some workshops at the Young Vic, a training workshop with the RSC a few rehearsed readings (Hampstead and Young Vic) and then a day back in Stratford where I did my year out (with Year Out Drama Company), talking to the current students. Strange to think that was nearly 10 years ago…

winding down

Winding down for Christmas – just one meeting today – off to the Southbank to have a design meeting for Gotcha – all very strange for me not working with Will and therefore having to have official and scheduled meetings to talk about design. Good for me though, it’s so easy to not articulate aesthetic thoughts when you’re married to your designer.

Then an afternoon of more Sexing The Cherry re-writes. We have a rehearsed reading of it at the Young Vic in Jan so want to get it as close to performance standard before Christmas so give the cast some time with it over the break.

young people

Back from the snowy wilds of Wiltshire just in time to run another puppetry workshop at the Young Vic. Lots of fun with feathers and googly eyes and a very excited and excitable group of young people. Then a meeting about directing a production of The Tempest next autumn along with two other young directors simultaneously directing two other late Shakespeare plays with the same company of actors to be performed in rep with eachother. An interesting idea…hope it takes off.

going home

The snow is falling thick and fast. Went into town this morning for a quick meeting with the Supermodel’s agent to try and work out a time to have a reading of the play at Hampstead in Jan. Hope we can work it all out before everyone leaves for Christmas.

And yesterday was the last day of wonderful wonderful Points of Light R+D. So rich, so inspiring, so much material from three days. Hooray! And the staff at the Hangar are so lovely and so supportive. Which is just as well as we’ll be spending a lot of time there next year trainng Loren up.

Now to jump on a train back to the West Country for a pre-Christmas Christmas with my family (as I’m spending actual Christmas in London with Will who has a get-in for Theatre Deli’s A Doll’s House starting on Boxing day!!!) Hope the trains will be alright with all this snow…

the wonder that is loren o’dair

Loren O’Dair is a creature of air.

She floats and she flies with grace and with flair.

She spins and she twirls with nary a care.

Yes Loren O’Dair is a creature of air.

So today was – as my little poem attests – a great success – launching Loren skyward (via the means of aerial equipment). How thrilling to dive into a totally new discipline with such wonderful artists, and such openness. If only all rehearsal processes were this free and this inspiring. Hooray is all I can really say.

pol r+d

Today I plunged into the unknown and terrifying new genre of dance theatre/circus theatre for Points of Light (well the circus part starts in earnest tomorrow when we get into The Hangar – today we were just doing floor work in Jacksons Lane). Exciting, terrifying, brilliant. And working with all my favourite people – Loren O’Dair, Jessica Dannheisser, Kate Lane and Layla Rosa.

Then a quick dash to Riverside from some auditions for Gotcha. Now three hours of admin to catch up on – I wish admin went away during rehearsals. It feels like it doubles!!!