lets get physical

So yesterday was another breakthrough day in rehearsal – got very physical…to the extent of throwing chairs around the room. It was brilliant.

Also had a great meeting before rehearsals with Daisy from Circus Space about Metta being more involved with them. 2011 is the year if amazing, and also the year of circus. I wonder if they’re related?

Then after rehearsals a production meeting, followed by a creatives lighting and sound meeting. Still getting used to not working with Will…


valentines day

We don’t rehearse Mondays so I have the day off, hooray. But will is in tech down in battersea, no Hooray. So off to meet him for a not-very-romantic lunch of chips. Then meeting Adrian from Jacksons Lane this afternoon. Then off to see The Heretic at the Court, this evening.


Hooray! Got through the stickiness and the hardness finally and had a bit of a breakthrough in Gotcha rehearsals. Massively helped by spending the afternoon playing games.

And before that a breakfast meeting with my movement director for Stc, and after that an aesthetic meeting for Stc with Will and my illustrator and my costume designer. And then dinner with them and our producer too.

A happy day.

still hard, still good

But the cast are amazing. So very excited about where we’re going to end up.

Still getting used to the no puppets, song or circus…but also great to work on the real psychological detail. And amazingly precise and muscular writing.

Then had a meeting with our producer for the Hampstead show, which was great though I was a bit out of it from the tiredness of rehearsals.

day two

Hard but good. This play is seriously intense. And all four of them are pretty much on stage all the time. And it gets pretty graphic. Phew.

Meant to be watching the film Kes now as research but alas it won’t play on my computer so will have to have an early night. Hooray.

first day of gotcha

It’s such a joy to be able to walk to rehearsals. Especially on a day like today when the skies were so clear. Hooray. Maybe I should work at Riverside Studios more often!

And model showing, read-through and table work all went well. Although I think some of the cast (who have predominantly worked in TV) were a little perplexed by the concept of table work – in TV they have no rehearsal they just do it! Who knows what would they make of working with directors who do weeks of table work?

But they’re a brilliant bunch and I have a totally wonderful assistant director in the form of Alex Brown. Then we all trundled back to mine in the evening for a (PBM tradition) first night dinner. Conversation was pretty intense and not a little revealing – so that’s the cast bonding done, and it’s only day one!

the storm before the calm

My last day of meetings and madness before I get my head down for the relative calm of rehearsals.

Starting with a meeting at the V&A about this folio reading. Then meeting a producer called Lucy, who I met at D&D, then a movement director called Lucy, who I met at that RSC workshop I did in January. Then a meeting with our Metta producer for the Hampstead show, then a meeting with Hampstead.

In between am reading poetry on the tube – must make time for art amongst the practicality of meetings. How is it that words have such power to move, transport and transform us? Poets are the bravest artists, for baring their souls, without the expectation of applause.