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.

lateness

Wow, I still haven’t blogged about last thurs and Fri. I’m getting remiss. I’m so busy my head is spinning (like a whirlpool that never ends).

So what have I been up to? Spent thurs morning cooking for this massive dinner party we had that night, then off to southbank for site visit for STC, followed by budget meeting, followed by creative production meeting – there are so many creatives on that show my main task isn’t directing the actors but simply marshalling the creative team. We’ve still yet to get everyone in the same room at the same time, but hopefully at least small pockets of the team are on the same page as eachother and of me. Then a quick dash across town for a meeting with a venue who might co-produce this tempest/winters tale/pericles project. Then back to the flat just in time for our first guest to arrive for dinner.

Then Friday…started with a 9am meeting with a movement director – lovely and amazing artist Clare Whistler – who I met at D&D and who I hope to collaborate with on something. Then a brilliant meeting with Jo Read, who runs Lamda, on how to run regional theatres – which is definitely one of the dreams. Then back to the flat for some intensive email and admin before I left for the weekend for my friend’s hen do. So hoping to switch off completely for the weekend but got phone call from Hampstead at 6.30 scheduling a meeting tomorrow so have had to do furtive early morning emailing to stay on top of things. Nonetheless it’s still been a glorious and super relaxed weekend so feel in a really happy place to start Gotcha rehearsals from on Tues. Now off to brunch…

company

Today I had many meetings – which has I suppose been a recurring pattern over the last month – though quite looking forward to the less scattered recurring pattern of actually being in rehearsals for three weeks, starting next Tues.

Started with a meeting at the Young Vic about running more Director/Designer workshops – so many ideas – I think we’ve probably got a year’s worth of workshops to do! Then met with a peer director – Lucy Bradley – wanting advice on setting up her new theatre company (Pinhole Theatre). In other happy company news Metta became a charity today – hurrah! And it’s great advising people on their companies because it makes me articulate (and more¬†fundamentally¬†simply think about) how we run ours.

Then met up with the wonderful Nimer to talk about all our future collaborations Рwhich shall be marvellous and many. And then another meeting with another peer director РSarah Chew who runs Critical Mass with whom I also hope to collaborate in the exciting and hopefully not too distant future.

music, folio and autumn

A day of lovely juggling. A fantastically productive lunch meeting with Jess to talk through the music and sound for STC. Then off to look at a facsimile of the first folio, from which I’ll be directing Sam & Tim West in a reading at the V&A in March. Then a meeting with Riverside about them co-producing a show in the Autumn, with Jagged Fence (the company behind Gotcha).