Merchant of Venice Rehearsals Day 4

We spent the morning looking at the effects of walking and how we walk. To walk with a negative or passive energy effects everything, as was displayed by moi quite beautifully.  
We gathered all of the pictures we have collected over the last couple of days and began to think about Venice itself and how that might effect who we are. The funniest things can have such a huge bearing on a character. What books do they read? Do they read? Do they prefer a bath or a shower? Or neither? 
After that we started trying to work out the timeline of the play, for those of you who haven’t read the Merchant, old Billy Boy can be somewhat ambiguous with his timelines and distances travelled. One thing that does seem to be thrown up a bit is this idea of Balthy being the original Good Time Guy. Like a really camp Gatsby. I absolutely love it and think it could potentially lead to a series of spin offs following his lavish exploits.
‘Tricksy Thursday’ kicked off with the usual warm-up , a variety of exercises focused on a sung number pattern. For someone who has a bad relationship with numbers this can get quite tense… The rest of the morning was devoted to movement: thinking about which body part we lead with, experimenting with different styles of walking and making strong connections with other people as we pass them. We also considered slow-motion movement, and discovered the intense concentration and effort this demands. This all feeds into the ensemble work that will feature in the production. Taking a break from movement, we examined the various images we have accumulated, and how these might, or might not, tie into our play. This sparked off numerous discussions and ideas, leaving us with a bit of time at the close of play to reconsider our French scenes with a focus on time and location. If Shakespeare had been specific about the amount of time elapsed between scenes, like Ibsen, it would have been far less complicated! But also far less interesting and challenging, and, yes it’s true, fun. 

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