Merchant of Venice Rehearsals Day 12

Actors are athletes.” Our cast certainly need to be. The purpose of the daily warm-up is becoming very apparent – our production puts a great demand on cast fitness. There’s not a great deal of sitting down so far, and every ensemble member is involved throughout. The opening alone would exhaust many people!

We are one week away from our first preview. I have no idea where the time has gone. Looking back, the last two weeks seem a whirlwind of caskets, transactions, good ideas, odd ideas, collaboration, a lot of words and keepie uppie. But there is a definite sense that everything is coming together. The purpose of games are being made clear as we stage the text; watching the cast it’s hard to believe most of them were strangers three weeks ago.

Our days are flying fast – soon enough I’ll be writing that it’s our final week of the run. Let’s hope you fitted in a show!

NP

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