First day of rehearsals:
There’s the familiar crunch of sparsely scattered gravel in the car park, birds singing in the sunshine and a couple of fellow actors by my side (Neve Doyle and Hayley Evenett) talking about how tricky the Suffolk accent is to master (or is that Maaster or Marstah…). The gravel crunch is familiar as this is the second time I’ve rehearsed at the Brewhouse in Pulham Market; Stuff of Dreams rehearsal HQ. It’s exciting to be back and to start work on Ray Rumsby’s Forgotten.
We enter to find Cordelia Spence (our director) standing with Nick Murray Brown and Thomas Wingfield (who complete the cast) all holding hot beverages. I later discovered that Yorkshire man Tom, who I’d presumed was a tea drinking fella, consistently rejects the cliché by favouring coffee! Which leads me to the greatest challenge I foresee with the play; I was born in Norfolk and will be playing various people from Suffolk… (There’s a friendly rivalry between the two counties. See number 5 and 20 here.
Cordelia kicked off with some dancing to get us all warmed up. Nick played accordion as the rest of us bustled about trying to waltz. More exploration of movement later and elements of physical theatre may inform the relationships between the characters and the naturalistic moments in the text. Then singing in unison, concentrating on blending our voices together. Blocking of scenes followed, problem solving and a consideration of space (the set contains a boat!).
With a host of 45 characters to portray, every day will bring something new and I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow!
Cordelia shows an excited cast the two poster designs for Forgotten.