12 January 2015 •
'Kalki' Rehearsal Blog- Week 3Rehearsal Blog – Week 3
Having worked around the Christmas break, we are now in to our final week of rehearsals for ‘The Chronicles of Kalki’, and in a weeks’ time we will be mid-tech at the Gate Theatre, putting the finishing touches to the show and preparing for opening night on 7th January – get your tickets now! It’s all very exciting and seems to have come round very quickly, in the best possible way!
Having taken the play apart and rehearsed it separately, scene by scene in chronological order, rather than the order in which the scenes appear as written, this last week has been about putting the play back together, and knitting all the flashbacks back in with the ‘real-time’ scenes. It has been one of those exceptionally satisfying experiences where you realise just how much all of your prior work has helped you get to the point you’re at now. With a ‘real-time’ sense of play embedded during week two, we have now been able to make sense of the piece as a theatrical presentation – jumping between this real-time and the more theatrical world of the imaginations of a pair of fifteen year old girls. This has been helped by an increased involvement of the design team, as we start to think practically about how lighting, sound and costume can help to differentiate between these two worlds. What’s so exciting about this play is seeing a world very close to what we all recognise – that of bland, formulaic institutions – being peppered with the epic scale that a teenage god brings! The school Kalki turns up at – and its pupils – become inspired by shape-shifting deities, comic-book superheroes and film noir aesthetics. We hope to bring this same clash of styles in to the theatre, and it’s been very exciting to put the stylistic halves of the play back together and see how the conflict and compliment with each other.
Practically, we have now started running the play in its entirety. The cast are all off-book, and the blocking is all-but finalised. It is very satisfying to see that the shape and structure of the piece are looking solid, and we can now use the final few days before going in to tech to refine and polish. ‘Kalki’ is very nearly ready to be unleashed on the public!