Yesterday we achieved our first full run of the whole play – hurrah! We rehearsed in a different venue to our usual lovely Meeting House, and my word was it cold? Yes, yes it was. Originally it had been down as a costume run but this was changed last minute. This ended up being a huge blessing – the room was so chilly that Alex and I were going to put down our collective feet and refuse to strip off for the apres nookie scene!
The run went really well. During the previous rehearsal I had been really annoyed at myself; I hadn’t felt ‘in it’ at all, and our run of the Winter scene had just felt all wrong. It was made doubly annoying by the fact that Alex was buzzing off the back of Autumn and had felt it went brilliantly. I was beginning to worry that I’d lost momentum, but after yesterday I think I’ve discovered that my issue was simply coming in cold. Winter is a highly emotional scene which deals with all sorts of betrayal and latent anger, but because Gruach is controlled and powerful, she doesn’t break and yell at Siward. The thing I struggle with most is controlling the massive desire to let the anger out and just scream at Alex! I found yesterday that after Summer, I have the whole of Autumn to sit and stew, and this gives me perfect opportunity to channel my emotions into something more manageable for Winter. Yesterday, the scene felt amazing!
It’s really wonderful to see everything coming together as it is. After all our hard work on transitions last week we now have some really smooth scene changeovers and everyone’s characters are really solid. It’s also very obvious how proud everyone is of this piece (or is that just me?!). It’s a really challenging piece of theatre – it’s very wordy and there’s a lot of politics involved, but I feel like everyone has risen to this challenge so wonderfully. We’ve definitely created a beautiful, entertaining, clever, and thought-provoking show, and I can’t wait to share it with you all.
We’re winding down to Christmas now which is scary because it means we’re even closer to the end! Tonight we’re rehearsing spring and summer, then runs on Thursday, Sunday and Monday. Then we’re off til the 28t then back on the 1st for a tech! So close!
Oh also, I saw a Falcon the other day and got very excited. Here it is, looking all falcon-y. Like a falcon.
Peterborough Mask Theatre will be performing Dunsinane in the Knights’ Chamber at Peterborough Cathedral from 3-6 January and 11-13 January 2018, you can get your tickets at http://www.masktheatre.co.uk