Spanish Tragedy Rehearsals Day 11

Today saw The Spanish Tragedy ensemble begin the staging of this epic work! We experimented with starting the play off in an interesting and rather postmodern way – you’ll have to come and see it to find out how! – which will hopefully launch the actors and spectators into the first scene with a great deal of energy for the performance. Playing with space and perspectives is something that this production will do in various interesting ways: confining some scenes to small sections and corridors of the stage space, and giving others more freedom, thus creating different atmospheres and dynamics for each scene. As we get into staging, technical and design elements are starting to come into play more: this afternoon we had a discussion with the Costume Designer, Nicki Martin-Harper, about the 1930s-esque costuming for the production, including the colour schemes and plans for various characters. Lighting effects for the first ghostly appearance were also discussed as well as the possible set and design elements for the show. This is where things get really exciting as we get into the final week of rehearsals before previews next Tuesday…
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