The Dell

Intense rehearsal in tents

July 19, 2013

With a fortnight to go, we're into whole-act rehearsals, with props, weapons and the 'real' layout of campaign tents, stage lights and the like.

The director is sometimes less than pleased:

'Frenchies – get off stage and keep quiet!'

'Guess what – we're going to have to do that again.'

Or (to me in a scene which is supposed to have a great deal of pathos) 'Tim – stop upstaging the King – or I'll rip your arm off and hit you with the soggy end!'

Still, directors have many ways of getting us to do things the way they want them done!

The king wooing the princess on cameraThe most recent rehearsal, with tents in the background, was under stage illumination for the first time ('I can't see my script, it's in shadow!') which shed a new light (pun intended) on the King's wooing of the French princess, and led to your intrepid blogger getting a hard time from the participants for trying to capture the 'intimate' clinch on camera – but persistence pays off – as can be seen.

Fighting is (mostly) getting more realistic, and some of the scenes are going very well; however, as we get to grips with positioning the props and bits of set, there are the inevitable glitches:

'That table needs be much further stage left!'

'But you just told us to move it much further to the right!'

Many of the characterisations are now showing through, and lots of cast members seem much more French/lordly/common/stately/blustering/furious/fierce (delete as applicable) than they did a month ago.

by Tim Stoneman  |  No comments yet

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