12 January 2015 •
'Kalki' Rehearsal Blog- Week 4Rehearsal Blog – Week 4
Kalki has arrived at the Gate Theatre! We have now moved out of the rehearsal room and are in the midst of technical rehearsals in the theatre itself, before opening to audiences on Thursday evening. It’s all very exciting and we can’t wait to share it with you.
The final few days of rehearsal around New Year were full of doing runs of the show, getting used to the shape and pace of it as an entire piece, and then going back through with a fine-tooth comb, doing working notes to refine, finesse and add texture. It was a joy in those final days to see how the cast were still eager to play and experiment with their characters, and push their own performances. They are still finding and adding nuances, and it has been mine and Alex’s job to help them to incorporate those nuances as the production as a whole takes shape around them. We’d had costume in the room for a while now, but in the final few days had the added bonus of our sound designer, Alma, in the room with her musical box of magic tricks (a laptop!) dropping in sound cues and musical underscoring. This has given both the actors the opportunity to experience what it’s like to respond to an audible world being created around them, and the creative team a chance to see (and hear!) what works and what doesn’t in the world of Kalki. It was also exceptionally exciting to welcome the writer, Aditi, in to rehearsals and to have her input. Aditi came over from the States in October to workshop the play and ‘translate’ the language from the American schoolyard in to a recognisably UK world, but hasn’t seen any of the work since then. Nevertheless, it still feels like we have all been able to benefit from a close, collaborative relationship with Aditi, and there’s been a nicely structured feeling of completion, having her involved in the early work-shopping stages and then coming in for the final days as well.
So now we are in the beautifully intimate, astonishingly adaptable space that is the Gate Theatre, and is the set-build is finished off we are beginning to run technical rehearsals as we knit the final stitches of this production in to place. It has been a joy to work on this production, and to see all of the different elements come together. I am exceptionally proud of the piece, and I know that the rest of the team are as well. Now, all that is left is an audience, is you guys. And Kalki, of course. Kalki will no doubt have the final word.