Radio Ara interview

On 21st July Cindy, Lina, Tiara & Tony were invited to talk to Wendy Winn of Radio Ara about the show for her weekly culture programme: "Corner Café".

We did it on zoom of course (what did the world do before zoom?)

Lina, Tony, Tiara & Cindy in interview with Wendy Winn of "Radio Ara" 

Wendy was, as ever, on fine form - putting the interviews at their ease and cvovering a wide range of aspects relating to the show. The interview will be broadcast and put out as a podcast sometime in late-August.

Watch this spot. 

Set building

Over the last couple of days, the initial work constructing the framework set for the show has started.

The idea is simple ... it has to be, because we don't know for certain which venue we'll be using. So there will be a 5 meter wide by 2.60 high frame, with a short overhang ... like the canopy on a bed.

Tony with the side pieces to the frame.

This will be open at the start. Then, as the play progresses and Jean and Marilyn enter the "redhaired world" red drapes will drop across the back and sides to create the effect of the frame of a 4-poster bed.  At least that's the plan!!

On Wednesday 5th Tony built the frame (in pieces) and on Thursday Ilaria ... just back from Berlin ... came to confirm the mesasurements for the material. Time to go shopping for cloth!

Ilaria measures for the material 

Rehearsals (and blocking) start on again Monday. With one month to go things will start getting serious :)  

Rita's second workshop

On 23rd July, Rita returned for a second workshop to help the actors open up vocally thrlough use of physicality.

Unfortuately Lina was absent due to illness ... but Cindy and Tiara seemed to have fun!

Take a look!

And we maybe on a short summer break - but that hasn't stopped the publicity machine turning.

Check out the interview with Assistant Director Tiara Partsch in the "chronicle.lu"

https://chronicle.lu/category/amateur-dramatics-choral/33597-budding-young-director-discusses-upcoming-bgt-play-davids-redhaired-death 

 

Delano Photoshoot

 On Tuesday 21st, "Delano's" Duncan Roberts met with Lina, Cindy & Tiara to discuss their theatre experiences and whatit's like working on "David's RedHaired Death". It was a fun and lively conversation and will be published in mid-August (watch this space).

Then on Wednesday 22nd Romain, the "Delano" photographer came to the rehesarsal space (well, the garden out back actually) to get some shots of the cast. 

And let's be honest ... Cindy lonly needs a guitar here to fit the whole "country dsinger" look :)

Shopping Therapy

On Wednesday 15th July we decided to do something a bit different. After spending just over a week working through the first Act, talking about and working on character, intention and the structure of the play, if was time to put the characters into the real world.

So we exchanged workshopping for real shopping.

We met late morning by the Pirate Ship park (I'm sure it has a real name, but hey ...). Here Cindy and Lina used the standard walking exercise to find the rhythm of the Jean and Marilyn. Then they hit the town.

Firstly they had to go shopping alone ... the redheads as they were before they met. Tiara shadowed Jean & Tony shadowed Marilyn until they each ducked into a store. Marilyn was reasonably direct. After a short walk and a not very appreciative glance at a piece of modern street art, she browsed at, then went into the Libraire Francaise. Jean was more dilatory, walking up and down the main street - turning heads as she went apparently! - before determinedly entering H & M.

15 mins later we met up at a café to see what they had bought. Marilyn emerged with a copy of Virginia Woolf 's "Mrs Dalloway". She probably won't read it - but she likes the idea of having it on her shelf. Jean came back with a pair of cool sunglasses, just to add to the Redhead allure ... and a plastic cup with lid and straw ... adorned with a cute dinosaur (of course). Perfect for the long stretches in the car on the way to Marilyn's, or at least until the next Macdonalds!

Then it was time to go shopping together - the Redhaired Twins in action.

From a body-language aspect it was good to see not just how comfortable they looked together, but also the individual dynamics - Jean (Cindy) dragging Marilyn (Lina) into "fun" shops, anything with a brightly-coloured display, while Marilyn went for the "small but beatiful" - procelain, paintings, jewelry. 

It's a good way to bring characters into - put them in a real-life, everyday setting and watch them settle into their skins.

And fun to watch!

Now back to the rehearsal room.        

First rehearsals

NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:

Rehearsals for DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH started on Wednesday evening with a read-through and meal with the whole company.

A very strong reading by Cindy and Lina and lots of great ideas on interpreatation and design from Tiara and Ilaria. This is has the maskings of a strong and creative team and, as Director, I'm lucky to be working with them. 

On Thursday came the publicity photo-shoot with Alfonso Salgueiro:

 http://www.alsalphotography.com

We very quickly found the image we were looking for - so thanks to Alfonso for his intuitive work and to Ilaria for the costumes and set-up

Here's the image

  Hope you like it!I'm looking forward to getting into the rehesarsals proper next week. If they're as good as the first meetings it's going to be fun!

5th July 2020

 

WORKSHOP WITH RITA

On Tuesday 7th Rita Reis joined us to give one of her amazing workshops on breathing and movement. None of the group (except Tony) hads worked with her before ... but it all clicked really well. Her techniques for freeing up the voice and using that freedom to throw the text around creatively, really helps to unlock aspects of character that might othewise remain unexplored.

nd getting the actors to roll around on the floor is always useful ... or at least fun to watch!

 Tiara seems grateful she's only assistant directing this one! 

 All in all it was both fun and empowering. We're looking forward to seeing Rita back on 23rd for a second session.