Monthly Archives: April 2013

Apr 30th Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day Apr 30th

Lear and Dido: Queen of Carthage Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg.
Greenwich Theatre 14th May – 1st Jun.

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April 30, 2013 · 6:25 pm

LEAR and DIDO Rehearsals Day 6

We’ve started the second week of rehearsals with all guns blazing. DIDO has come under our scrutiny today, as we’ve combined textual analysis with staging the opening quarter of the play. The day has been full of sex, puppets, love and confusion – and that’s just the warm up! Terrible joke aside, it has been riveting unearthing the seeds that Marlowe plants early on in the play, which later gain meaning through the course of events that follow. That was frustratingly vague of me I know, but I don’t want to give anything away! We have another day with DIDO tomorrow, and I think we’re all raring to get as much on its feet as possible and really start seeing the shape of the play and the world of Carthage.

RH

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April 29th Photo of the Day

April 29th Photo of the Day

Lear and Dido: Queen of Carthage Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg.
Greenwich Theatre 14th May – 1st Jun.

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April 29, 2013 · 10:12 pm

LEAR and DIDO Rehearsals Day 5

Day five of rehearsals brings the first week to a close and we’ve packed so much in already. We had another amazing workshop withAscanius (Our Puppet Boy) and found out just how tough operating a puppet can be – you can get frozen in some very uncomfortable positions for a long time! Apart from being very demanding though, getting to work with Ascanius, our puppet – and Alice, our lovely puppeteer, is a fantastic experience. We’re all getting to grips with examining all the details of exactly how this puppet walks, lies down and breathes, where he focuses and what he pays attention to. It’s a real process of getting to know him as well as how to work together to operate him. Best of all though, are the tiny moments when his perspective on the world suddenly come to life in his movement. Seeing how his personality will shine through when we’ve mastered him is really exciting.

We also set the opening sequence to Dido today! Using some of the beautiful music that we learnt earlier in the week underneath the Prologue, we set the tone of a contented, earthy idyll. This serves as a brilliant foundation for the play as Carthage is instantly set up as the ‘Golden Age’ sanctuary which Aeneas has fled to. This is pretty abruptly broken by the Gods and their mischief though which really enables us to dive straight into the play. If the opening sequence is anything to judge by, the rest of the play will race forward with a lot of pace and energy!

JH

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April 28th Photo of the Day

April 28th Photo of the Day

Lear and Dido: Queen of Carthage Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg.
Greenwich Theatre 14th May – 1st Jun.

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April 28, 2013 · 4:27 pm

LEAR and DIDO Rehearsals Day 4

Day 4. We tackle Dido! We began today with a quick warm up and a character name game (oh it’s all still a bit confusing) and then dived straight into breaking down Dido Queen of Carthage . This entailed the company breaking down what was occurring onstage and accenting offstage, in expressive and overplayed ways, the major points of what were being said. We charted themes, imagery, subject matter and other information that will help us map the journey of the play later in the process. Oh, we do know how to have fun. So, by lunch we had reached the interval and after some cheeky shenanigans in Dido’s cave (oh, naughty!) we were able to map out the first act. Visual patterns began to form between scenes and stresses on themes and imagery became much more apparent after seeing the play up on its feet. Being able to listen and react opened up the play massively in comparison to how it would have been if we were to sit down and read it. After lunch James, Lazarus’ project composer, came in to teach us some wonderful songs he had been working on. There was one for Dido and one for Lear and, after our screeching and keening had finally settled, they both began to sound rather beautiful. Next week we’re learning more of James’ pieces and I think we’re all very much looking forward to it.
Today was a great day to see Marlowe’s play (both first and second acts) up on it’s feet, but we have literally only scratched the surface. Tomorrow, our final day of week one (By Jupiter, it’s gone quick!), we will delve even deeper into the text. Bring on the singing and dancing!

JT

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LEAR and DIDO Rehearsal Day 3

The third day of rehearsals down and we’re starting to gather pace on Lear. We choreographed and set the opening sequence today and created some beautiful and shocking imagery that will open the play with a blast of energy.

We also had a really interesting morning presenting our research topics back to the group. There was so much useful information to ground both of the plays. In particular, it’s the tiny specific details that prove the most helpful to me. For instance, the ‘role of women’ research group found a great image of Russian Revolutionary women soldiers lining up to have their heads shaved ready for service. There was a whole gamut of information to take in – from the type of floors in the buildings and how the architecture of each period would feel to live in, to the ‘make-up’ (including elements of mercury and sulphur) that Elizabethan noble women would wear every day. The research has contributed so much to findings great levels of specificity in the plays that I feel I can come back to both texts with some fresh perspectives and much deeper understanding.

JH

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