Apologies for the late Day #4. I was swept up in the spectacle that is Bojana Novakovic and Ride On Theatre’sThe Story of Mary Maclane by Herself at Griffin last night. What a lady.
And Tim Rogers with that gee-tar (my heart be still).
The main lesson that I took away from rehearsal yesterday is the importance of both laughter and biscuits. The break is a crucial part of rehearsal as it allows people to breathe with each other, to make jokes and gossip (more than once have I been threatened with a ruined career if I dare to break the cone of silence), all of which lead to bonds of intimacy between the performers, writer and director.
If I could make a flow-chart on this blog it would look like this:
Biscuits and jokes
Laughter and comfort
which lead to
which leads to
A group of artists able to create work from a foundation of security and stability.
We’ve all seen shows where the performers look uncomfortable and unhappy with what they’re doing. This can generally be traced back to the director not being in key enough with his/her performers and what they are/are not comfortable with performing on stage, which is also able to be traced back to a lack of trust between performers and director.
Directors note: you needed more biscuits.