Friday, June 15, 2018

Three weeks in - getting on for four - and my heart is foolishly bursting with love for them. I'm sure I'll be cursing the fact that I have a passel of kids in it when we get to July and they all disappear on holiday but for now, I can't imagine anything more delightfully rewarding. 

Rehearsals are fun (though I cringe inside whenever a bad word is uttered in front of the children. Ironically as I tried so very hard to keep swearing out of this script in the light of the young children. I guess consequently I notice it far more when people vituperate.) and lovely and the grown people are being impressively, touchingly, forthcoming about their lives and experiences to date and how these can be used to shed light on our story. I wonder if I could just doggedly rehearse this for always.

(See how she respects my wisdom!)

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Four rehearsals in now and it's been nothing but a delight.
One of my poor cast had to drop out which is a huge shame as she was new, wonderful and could wonderfully do magic. I was hoping to squeeze a magic lesson in amongst the rehearsal schedule, in fact. But I shall have to abandon this wishful dream. She had extremely sensible reasons for not going forward with it and I am pathetically grateful that she decided this now rather than a month down the line.
On the plus side, I have persuaded my equally wonderful stage manager to take her place. So I'm stage manager-less currently but at least, have a full complement of cast.
I'm working with a bunch of young people who are entirely new to me which is an interesting experience. In recent years, I've had at least one whom I knew. But they all seem to be farcically bright, articulate and opinionated (in a thoughtful and excellent way) so I've pretty much lucked out. And the rest of my cast is a mixed bag of people I know delightfully well and total newbies. So the lovely exercise of trying to work out how to work with them to make them as good as they can be, has begun. 
Here they are for your admiration and viewing pleasure. (Most of) the beautiful ones.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Poor creatures. I forced them into improvising last night. And they even received this prospect with maybe slightly dourly faced but ultimate willingness. I love them fiercely already.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

My dear friend Ingrid sent me this recently. I love it. And christened it with our first rehearsal for a brand new super duper Fringe show, skirt. Man alive, I love it already.

(Let's see how long this lasts.) 

It was full of injustice and harrowing horrors. Just what the doctor ordered. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

More magic

I didn't like this guy quite so much but Billy set the bar very high. Mind, Renz's last trick was stupendous. And I do still want to become a magician when I get a little spare time.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Saw Billy Reid doing magic last night. It was an excellent antidote.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I saw a very gripping play a week and a bit ago. Gut by Frances Poet. Directed by Zinnie Harris. On at the Traverse for a little bit longer maybe.
It's nicely topical which always gets a show brownie points. It speaks of a couple with a 3 year old child. The child is out for lunch with his gran. The gran is busy at the till in the cafe, juggling tray and purse and trying to pay, when the wee boy announces he urgently needs the toilet. A guy behind them in the queue offers to take him. Crisis averted. All good. But then the gran relays this episode to the parents and they slowly, simmeringly, seethe with uncertainty.
It's a great premise. We don't know and they don't know at any point whether the stranger did anything other than take the little guy for a wee. But the feverish, over-excited and suspicious world that we live in, works relentlessly on the parents, driving the mother in particular slightly mad. It's an extra great story line in this era of fake news. What is truth when it walked out of the cafe with the kindly stranger?
Mainly you should see this because the story nicely lingers. But it's also brilliantly directed, excellently acted, has pitch perfect sound, is thoughtfully lit and will chill you to the bone.
Though if you have small children, I'd maybe stay away.