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In the days leading up to Opening and Press Nights for our production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the the Brockley Jack we’re going to be showing you behind the scenes in the rehearsal room in our Photos of the Day, and our 60 Second – Meet the Cast posts.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg
Brockley Jack Theatre 23rd February – 12th March, 2016
We are deeply saddened to announce that due to a serious road incident involving our Director, we have taken the very difficult decision to postpone our forthcoming production of Henry V.
We want to thank everyone for their support and we look forward to sharing our all-female Henry V shortly.
Today was a day that saw many babies being born, a gardening adventure that spawned a new epic nautical-themed musical that was swiftly cancelled, and a crowing of the King of the LX tape. Confused? Good. It’s just another morning in the rehearsal room.
Since last I wrote, we now have a shape of Coriolanus, with the end of Troilus and Cressida also creeping into view. It’s a tremendous relief to be at this position for the staging of Coriolanus, as we are no longer at odds with the unknown, but now know the potential of the piece, and can work towards expanding it further. We now have our balloon, and we can now focus on getting as much air as we can and fill that balloon ’till it nearly pops. The figurative balloon for Coriolanus, and the literal one for T & C.
Interestingly, the issue of pace came up today. It was notable to see, that when the pace is energetic, the text flies off the page and the story races by, and you find yourself many episodes later. This production wont be a self-indulgent piece of angst and strife, but rather a ballsy, punchy, punchy-ballsy Shakespearean jackhammer.
Tomorrow we once again delve into Troy, as Rome waits patiently. We are hitting a stride, good thing to, with previews peeking around the corner.
And we embark into the third and final week. There is still loads of time left, depending on how you look at it, but being less than a week from previews does stir something inside. Passion, excitement, nerves? All three maybe. We started the day with a look at our movement, and in particular the levels of energy we bring into the room. Not being a morning person, I must confess there are times when it takes the motor a little longer to get going. But it’s an important consideration. The level of energy you bring can have a domino effect on those around you. When it comes to show-time you want to come out of the gates full throttle, and take the audience away with you right from the get go, rather than delicately revving your engine for the first few scenes.