Week 4 BLOG
So we’ve reached the start of week 4 and things are getting serious. In less than 2 weeks we’ll be performing our show at the Globe! Needless to say there is still a lot to do, but the morale of the company is good.
We are now running sections of the play and it’s great to see how the scenes we’ve been working on sit within the story and within the tone of the piece as a whole. One thing I clocked is just how important music is in the play. Our amazing Feste, Katie Elin-Salt (told by composer Tayo to channel her inner Amy Winehouse), plays the piano and sings most of the songs in the show. Feste uses songs to provoke, ridicule and reveal hidden truths to other characters. For Feste’s audience, her songs are both pleasurable to listen to and at times overwhelmingly moving, to the point where they’re almost too much to take. Orsino both craves and then resents the heightened state that music (and love) creates in him while Sir Toby and Andrew, greatly impressed by Feste’s love song (“very sweet and contagious”) both need music to provide a different kind of release; they want to party.
Technical aspects of the show are becoming more precise. We are still working hard on the songs, dances and ukulele playing in the play. In addition to this, Twelfth Night contains two fights (and, in our production, a nipple twist!) so we spent Thursday afternoon with our fight director Kevin McCurdy getting to grips with them… Literally in the case of the nipples. Viola and Sir Andrew both fight “against their will” having been urged on by Sir Toby and Feste, and it was fun to work with Kevin on ways in which people might reluctantly fight.
My hair is blonde! Well, orange… but it will be blonde in a week or so after another bleaching session. Looking a bit odd (or odder than usual anyway) has really helped me to find the awkwardness of my character. I now feel that he has made a big effort to look appropriate, it’s just that his fashion sense is way off - hence the yellow hair and misplaced formal attire. It has dawned on me that Sir Andrew is taking etiquette lessons from Sir Toby who doesn’t always have his friend’s best interests at heart!
Back to ukulele practice!
By Tom Davey [Sir Andrew Aguecheek]
NEW BRIEF AVAILABLE – Design the Set
A creative brief is given to each member of the creative team working on the project. It is intended to help them structure their ideas and keep a focus on the director's intended vision for the production.
Take a look at the some inspiration on the walls of the rehearsal room in the images above, and head over to the interviews page to hear the creative team talk about some of the themes that are important to this production. Why not try making your own set for Twelfth Night and send it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.