9 June 2014 • by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
In the Rehearsal Room: Idomeneus week threeIdomeneus rehearsal, week three: Checking our choices.
This week we've been thinking about the rough draft of the play we arrived at, at the end of last week and going over the choices we've made. We've been going through the scenes and asking ourselves questions about what we are doing, why we are doing it and how it impacts the storytelling. The major questions have been; who are these people? What story-telling languages do we want to use and do they work well together? How does movement feature in the play? What props are we definitely using and how should they be introduced into the playing space? In order to answer those questions we've taken a slower pace through the scenes and tried various ideas. We've come across lovely moments where we've discovered the possibilities of using props in multiple ways as they are left in the space after initial use. The actors have also been able to find interesting character viewpoints they can use to make the playing of the scenes clearer.
We've also spent some time checking the design choices we've made and discussing the best way to achieve the effects that we want. I really understand now the importance of keeping an eye on design elements and making sure that they are tested and achieved at the right time in the process.
This week we've had more of the creative team in the rehearsal room. Sound, movement and design have been in operation as we've been rehearsing. It’s been great to have more of the team there adding to the storytelling by offering ideas in the room. I can see how great creative collaboration is, the quality and richness of ideas generated when everyone is working together. It’s also great how quickly we arrive at solutions when everyone is around to offer assistance from their prospective disciplines.
It's been a good week for focussing in on each scene, filling in any gaps in understanding and figuring out how each scene should roughly be. We ended the week with a ‘wander through’ of the play. We could definitely see the benefits of the work done during the week, particularly how much clearer and interesting the piece feels. It’s all coming together nicely.