Our first week at QTC is over: five days of work in the Studio next to the Bille Brown Studio. It is going to be officially named on opening night! Its a great space…good for intimate performance, which HOME is…our first week has finished with a lot of new changes, the set is coming together and the joy in the rehearsal room is palpable. Sometimes I pinch myself “I am in love with this moment’, a line from the play but also a line that I would use to describe my work right now.
We begin our rehearsals with a check in: we score ourselves, between 1 and 10…how are we and what are we wanting to get out of this rehearsal. This is a way of working that i have devised over the years, and i call it Relational Impulse Training (you can find a link to my research on this website). We take time to check in, to find out what we are wanting and where we are wanting to go. After check in we warm up stretching, vocal exercises (I love Flloyd Kennedy’s ap: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/being-in-voice/id638033585?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4. , demonstrating simple exercises that warms the voice beautifully. Flloyd has a company called Being In Voice http://being-in-voice.com. and if you want to learn more about voice, contact her.
After a good warm up we do a speed run. This is a great way of pointing out where our pitfalls are. This is followed by scene work focusing on what needs fixing –we are trying to incorporate more spec-actors (audience participants, thats you!). Travis accompanies my monologues with the piano, and his monologues with a soundscape.
We use paper people in rehearsal: they represent the real people I will be talking with when the show opens. Here is a picture of Leah, who is directing, surrounded by our paper friends. We end up with so many actors on stage: so joyful. Everyone seems to love being part of the stories unfolding.
We all lunch in the greenroom. The whole company and all the other productions happening in the building, gather in the greenroom throughout the day so it is a great time to say hello, catch up on the news and hear the latest gossip. I was told my my husband Bill that research has recently published that gossip is good for you! Music to our ears! So lets continue!
The afternoon session is usually a run of the play, with some stopping and starting trying to figure our new staging (“Where does that cube go?”).
We have few breaks: the time flies and we need to finish by 4.30 so I can get across town to The Paratrooper Project, a dance/theatre/installation piece I am part of at The Judith Wright Centre.
Can’t wait for next week. WE should be flying by then…can’t wait to share this with such vast demographic. This play is loved by the very young, the restless, the bold, the beautiful and the gracious senior members of our community. There is something in it for everyone. It spans the generations. Many folk came with their mothers, their grandmothers, their daughters and their sons. It is a piece to share…I will leave with you a picture of the set being installed today (Saturday) by Bev Jensen, Gabby Castle, Richard Jensen and some fabulous riggers from Queensland Theatre Company Rickie and Gavin.
And here is Gabby Castle, our Stage Manager, making sure it all works: