Rehearsal Diary | Charlotte Tomlinson, Assistant Stage Manager

This week we have been rehearsing our show Due Course full time, Monday to Saturday. As one of the two stage managers in the ensemble, I’ve been pouring various combinations of liquids (including black tea and soda water, apple cordial and very weak lager shandy) into several different receptacles to feign alcoholic drinks.

At other times, myself and Elanor have been resetting crates for the stage, helping the designers to paint flats and going on shopping trips – whenever we haven’t been in the rehearsal room on book, taking notes and acting as prompt. The week has been intense but enjoyable.

One of the most memorable moments for me was standing in for Ellen for a run through. I am not an actor, so this was a rather strange experience – and I was on the verge of bursting out laughing a number of times! I honestly don’t know how the actors do it, but I guess that’s they’re job!

I’m looking forward to getting started with the performances, and our tech day at Create theatre in Mansfield on Monday. It’s going to be another learning curve…

Charlotte Tomlinson, STEP UP Creatives Assistant Stage Manager

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