Emma Hayes | Due Course | Performer

Sunday 9 June 2012

Sunday was our last meeting before rehearsal week and whilst the pressure is definitely on, it’s exciting to think the show is now only just 3 weeks away!

We spent the morning looking at two of the four short plays in the production. This gave us a chance to contemplate character motivations in more depth, and explore the relationships between them. It also gave the performers a much needed opportunity to go over their lines!

In the afternoon however, we all came together as a group and started working on the prologue. It was really nice to all be back in the rehearsal room as an ensemble and get everyone energised and involved. We spent some time experimenting with noises and physicality, creating different shapes and images, as well as trying to develop a language of movement for the whole piece.

Due Course rehearsal 9 June - 'Maps' Due Course rehearsal 9 June - 'Rain tableaux'

Whilst this was fun and we came up with some good ideas, we also came up with a lot that didn’t work. I think for a while this left some us feeling a little despondent and lead us to doubt ourselves. But spending time playing around and discovering that some things just don’t quite work the way you thought they would, is of course, a natural and very important part of the rehearsal process.

It was late in the afternoon when I think we all just started to panic. Instead of enjoying experimenting with ideas, we weren’t sure what to do next and were suddenly in danger of trying to ‘play safe’ as it were, forget what we had worked on, crawl into our comfort zones and hide behind the text. After some deliberation though, we realised that we didn’t want to do that at all – we still wanted to push and challenge ourselves as theatre makers, but at the same time, we had to make sure what we were doing served a function. This was evidently a significant experience for the group that will really help us in next week’s rehearsals.

We finished off the day by looking over some more design ideas and now I’m really excited to see it all start coming together!

Emma Hayes, Performer, STEP UP Creatives Ensemble 2013

Due Course will tour to five venues across the East Midlands – Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 July. For more information visit our website.

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