22 December 2014 • Alisdair Pidsley
'Kalki' Rehearsal blog - Week Two‘Kalki’ Rehearsal blog – Week Two
Week two of rehearsals for ‘The Chronicles of Kalki’ has been and gone, and we have achieved so much. Week one seemed to be revealing more and more insights to the play, but as soon as we left the simultaneous safety and restriction of the table, and put the play on its feet, we discovered how much more there was to uncover. This last week has been about finding practical solutions to some of the questions raised in week one, and about allowing a physical experience of the text to inform decisions about character. As soon as you leave the ‘round-the-table’ work, actors begin to discover so much more about their characters – the way they move, talk, interact, and it has been a joy to see the cast flex in to their characters in this physical way.
‘Kalki’ is a play (no spoilers) comprised largely of flashbacks, which means that the timelines are all over the place and can be difficult to keep track of. The play starts, for instance, half way through (chronologically that is), and then proceeds to jump backwards and forwards. What Alex decided to do at this stage of rehearsal was to reorganise the play and rehearse the scenes in chronological order. This has been a fascinating and exceptionally useful process, and has given the cast a very clear insight in to the ‘real-time’ trajectory of their character’s journey through the events of the play. What is more, it has meant that we have spent most of the week rehearsing in 3s – with Trevor absent from the ‘first half’ and Amrita not needed for the ‘second half’. This creates an exciting dynamic because it means that two key characters who we see in alternating scenes but who never actually meet have been apart from one another in the rehearsal room for a week. There’s a sense of mystery and secrecy developing, which in a play concerning a police investigation, is a handy thing to have in the rehearsal room!
We have also had the added advantage this week of using a ‘mark-up’ of the stage in the rehearsal room, so that preliminary blocking is beginning to be worked out. Furthermore, bits and pieces of set and props have started coming in, which are invaluable in helping us consider the practical implications of a scene, and on Wednesday, Maddy, our designer, brought in some costume for a preliminary costume fitting – very exciting!
We now head in to what for most people is Christmas week, and for us is week three of rehearsals (with a few days off for Christmas celebrations in the middle!), and it’s exciting to envisage what new discoveries we might make this week. There is also a tangible sense of excited anticipation as the time when we get to share this play with all of you draws nearer! As a Christmas treat – keep an eye out for our trailer!