Good times, it’s Day 4, back after a short hiatus. Today was split between French Scenes and research. Further explanation may be needed on both. So here goes; with French Scenes, we break down the play into units based on whenever a character enters or exits the scene, whilst making also notes of a list of themes. Thus, at the end, you can literally, at a glance, identify the main themes that occur and also when and where they do occur, and with whom. It’s tough work, both mentally and physically, so much so, that we even had dance-related injuries…make of that what you will. As a result of this, we no longer feel that we are going toe-to-toe with Shakespeare, but rather that we are working alongside him, digging out the hidden gems buried in that poetic language we love so well. We shall be using the French Scenes in the days to come, but already we found an interesting and frankly, quite surprising revelation about the nature of the relationship between the title characters of Troilus and Cressida.
The second part of the day was centered on Research. That is, a concise in-depth look at a particular list of topics relevant to the production and the text. This will then inform the world of the play. There was a lot to digest, everything from Role of Women in modern Warfare, to Gender roles and even Mr. Shakespeare himself, with cameos from Elaine West to The Rock. It’s funny how as an actor, my purpose is to be a conduit of information to an audience, yet when speaking as myself I regress to that time I was five, giving a speech to the whole school. Something for me to work on I suppose.
Tomorrow we delve into Rome, and to the world of Coriolanus. Cannot wait!