Jonjo O'Neill in rehearsal. Photo: Ellie Kurtz.
Billie Piper in rehearsal. Photo: Ellie Kurtz
The start of this week saw more re-capping of scenes that had already been rehearsed, as well as work on one or two small sections that hadn't yet been put up on their feet. Two of the scenes that need more work than others, in terms of line-learning and familiarization, come towards the end of the play.
Tom Goodman-Hill in rehearsal. Photo:Ellie Kurtz
It has been another fascinating and productive week in rehearsals. There have been a number of parallel calls again. This is because the structure of the play being quite clearly divided between two plot strands and the two main relationships that run throughout.
Jonjo O'Neill in rehearsal. Photo: Ellie Kurtz
This has been an incredibly productive and fascinating week. Lucy has distributed more re-writes. These have ranged from fine-tuning language, to clarifying logic and making certain character-driven changes.
Rehearsal room for The Effect. Photo: Ellie Kurtz
At the beginning of Week 2, new drafts of sections of the play arrived. Lucy was often away from rehearsals, working on the script. In rehearsal, the script was developed by reading through certain sections. Each section was then discussed by the actors, Rupert and Lucy. Then, where necessary, Lucy went away to work on re-writes.
Rupert Goold and the company in rehearsal. Photo: Ellie Kurtz
On the Friday before rehearsals began, the Guardian published a controversial article by Ben Goldacre called ‘The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal’. The article was related to his recently published book Bad Pharma and asked several provocative questions. How much do you and your doctor know about the drugs that you take? Can we trust the validity and efficacy of drugs trials themselves and of certain medication as treatment for particular conditions? This article was brought into rehearsals on the first day and often referred to during them.