We’re a scary two weeks away, and it’s feeling good on stage. Now Tim’s focus has moved away from the rather fantastic Porter’s Lodge, and we have his full attention, we’re getting familiar with sound cues and finding out what they sound like in the theatre. Today we had some of the set to play with as well, and it started to feel a bit more real.
Distressingly, every time I complain to someone that I’ve got too many lines, they just roll their eyes at me and say “well you DID take the part of the title-role, what did you expect?” – which is a fair point. It made me realise what Peter Crerar has been going through all these years :D. And in fairness to Peter, I have his words ringing in my ears nightly… “there’s no secret trick to line-learning. I’m not ‘good’ at it. You just have to work at it.” And that is what we have been trying to do…. We’re at a stage, I would say, where we each have a strong inkling of the GIST of the line, but not necessarily all the words, (he really does like his adjectives), and certainly not in the right order.
We’re still playing about a bit with the characters, but they really are starting to “spring off the page now” (as it were) and we’re relaxing into them a bit more… as well as building confidence in each other. When you can nervously glare at your fellow actor, and he immediately picks up, and nods “I’ve got this”, because you left a prop the other side of the stage, and he grabs it wholly in character, you know you’re reaching a state of trust.
We also met our hair and make-up back stage today, which was exciting! Leah sat through our whole rehearsal, looking only slightly perplexed, and even accepted a huge pile of flyers, which she’s promised to distribute around college “shamelessly”. We said that was a key requirement of a good flyer-er.
And as for the very busiest member of our cast and crew, well, I hang my head in shame, and confess it now… it’s the prompt. She’s very long-suffering. She even had to project quite loudly over some banging going on in the back of the theatre today… we’d go, pathetically, “line???” and she’d give us the line, and we’d scamper over to her and ask her to shout it a bit louder.