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5th September Photo of the Day

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Coriolanus Production photo taken by Adam Trigg
In rep with Troilus and Cressida at Tristan Bates Theatre 18th August to 6th September, 2014.

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4th September Photo of the Day

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Troilus and Cressida Production photo taken by Adam Trigg
In rep with Coriolanus at Tristan Bates Theatre 18th August to 6th September, 2014.

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3rd September Photo of the Day

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Coriolanus Production photo taken by Adam Trigg
In rep with Troilus and Cressida at Tristan Bates Theatre 18th August to 6th September, 2014.

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25th August Photo of the Day

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Troilus and Cressida Production photo taken by Adam Trigg
In rep with Coriolanus at Tristan Bates Theatre 18th August to 6th September, 2014.

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23rd August Photo of the Day

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Troilus and Cressida Production photo taken by Adam Trigg
In rep with Coriolanus at Tristan Bates Theatre 18th August to 6th September, 2014.

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Troilus & Cressida and Coriolanus Rehearsals Day 15

The sirens that blared today signify not only the alarums of war, but also serve as a klaxon to the end of our three weeks of rehearsing at the Poor School. At the start of the day that fact was not resonating, but rather time has been fleeting. However, at the end of the day it was clear, and it showed evidently that we have been digging through these two very muscular texts. Running the whole, by which I mean both, plays in their entirety was the name of the game, and getting to have once last chance to just go for it in the safety of the rehearsal room. This was daunting and liberating in equal measures. The old ‘must get it right’ syndrome popped up for me, but melted away soon after, buoyant with the efforts of those around me, and that ‘fear’ turned to comfort. Two hours later, Troy and Rome had been visited and exited and we are now in possession of two rounded storming shows.

It happens in every rehearsal room, and I’m surprised I haven’t knocked it on the head by now, but that adage of endgaming, trying to picture the end product and aiming for it, instead of just living in the moment, was present for me in this process. Funny thing is, our show is both everything and nothing like I imagined it would turn out to be. And that’s a good thing.

So now we have tech and then it’s previews on Monday. If you need a reason to see these shows, aside from the obvious, it has to be the various pleasing tones of our cast. I’ve never worked with such a group of talented orators, from Dyfed’s soothing accent, to Chris’s musicality or Prince’s visceral tones, it’s caramel for the ears.

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Troilus & Cressida and Coriolanus Rehearsals day 13

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.

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