Justin Avoth as Theseus and Emily Joyce as Hippolyta in one of the film clips from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo: Keith Pattison
On Monday we transformed our spacious rehearsal room into a busy film studio for the day in order to film all of the audio-visual sequences we’re using in the piece. Ian William Galloway (Video Designer) arrived laden with lights, tripods, green screens, cameras and lenses ready to capture the sequences we had rehearsed the previous week. It was a brilliant and busy day during which we got a glimpse of some of the beautiful costumes, which Antonia Rudgard (Costume Supervisor) and Tom Scutt (Designer) have been busily sourcing, and the key pieces of set which have been built already.
We have now roughed out a shape for the whole piece on which we can build. The company are working enormously hard, grabbing time in corners of the rehearsal room or in the corridors outside to go through lines, refine scenes and test out ideas which all feed into the main rehearsals. Week three is a really exciting time. We have made so many discoveries about the world of the play and the people that inhabit it and this is the time when we can begin to knit everything together.
We’ve been really lucky to have so much of the set and so many of the actual props with us in rehearsals. The room seems to get added to every day. Even as I type two enormous film studio lights have just arrived and we will now be able to weave these new items into our play.
Next week is our final week in the safety of our rehearsal room before we head down to Southampton where we will be joined by more set and more people as we begin the long process of technical rehearsals. Can’t wait.