I think this may be my favourite stage of making and rehearsing a show. Everything has a place, and you get to fiddle and fine-tune and work out how you might get from one section to the next.
Daisy, Chris and I started day six by listening to pieces of music we had found. What would work best where? What effect would certain pieces have on the audience? Would it work with me and the text, or against it?
We set up a little stage ‘nook’ and tried out different lamps, then we tested the music for various points. The aim of day six was to bring the various layers together, lights, music, text and action. We had one of those ‘wow’ moments that only ever really happens in rehearsals, and you kind of wish the audience were there to see it.
We ended day six with the first, proper, full run and it felt good.
Day seven was made up of tweaking, refinement and chocolate treats. We worked through small bits, shifted some music, made something resembling a cue sheet, and did another full run. By the end of day seven the show feels it is at the point where it is ready to be shared with an audience. The first performance is on Tuesday, it will be an experiment and a test. It’s only been shared with others in a bare form, just me and the text and a chair. Over the past few weeks it has grown, shifted and changed shape. How will it feel for the audience? How will it feel for me?
The last few weeks have been exhausting, hard, wonderful, emotional, anxiety-provoking and therapeutic. I have learnt a lot, and have to say a big thank you to Daisy and Chris for their understanding, generosity and wonderful creative brains.