Director Natalie Abrahami, Chris Logan as Nick Bottom, Michael Dylan as Francis Flute and Justin Avoth as Oberon, in rehearsal for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo: Keith Pattison
My prediction last week that our rehearsals would get busier proved to be more than accurate. This week we have begun to put the production on its feet and sketch out our initial ideas for how each scene might be staged. Possible ways of looking at the scene are discussed and some of them are played out in the space. These different versions are mined for useful discoveries and so we slowly begin to build up a picture of what the piece is going to look like.
We have also welcomed some new people into our rehearsal room this week. Tom Mills (Composer and Sound Designer) has been in to work with the fairies on their lullaby and with Chris Logan (who plays Nick Bottom) on the song he sings just after he is transformed. Georgina Lamb (Movement Director) has begun to work with the fairies on a Busby Berkeley-esque movement sequence that they use to lull Titania to sleep. Vocal coaching sessions and costume fittings all have to be scheduled in alongside our main rehearsals which has resulted in Catherine (our Deputy Stage Manager), Natalie (Director) and I spending lots of time hunched over diaries and copies of the script to try to find the most efficient way to use our time.
Next week heralds the arrival of some of our key pieces of set which will mean we can start to get a really clear picture of the world in which our play is set allowing us to cement the discoveries we have made this week.