Theresa Keogh was a member of last year’s STEP UP Creatives Ensemble (2012 /13). She is now our Resident Trainee Director and is currently assisting on The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock. She’ll be writing a regular blog about her time in the rehearsal room…
Our first day of rehearsals started at the beginning – with the script. Assembled round a table were the New Perspectives team, the cast of actors and the brilliant playwright David Rudkin. From the very first page the read through demonstrated what an incredible script we are working with. Rather than the straight biographic depictions we are so accustomed to, this is a script which reflects the man himself. The non-linear narrative not only transports us through the recesses of Hitchcock’s mind, it shows us the way an artist works. Witnessing a script so poetic, rich and original being brought to life by such an incredible group of actors made it clear we are working with another talented artist – David Rudkin.
The poetic nature of his script with images so beautifully conjured up through the language is complimented by his integration of filmic references and soundtrack; his knowledge of Hitchcock is unparalleled. A script analysis lead by our Director Jack McNamara immediately followed: allowing the actors to delve into their characters and the script itself. Each of the four strong cast have a huge task. Not only for Martin Miller who is portraying such a famous and distinctive figure as Hitchcock but also for Roberta Kerr, Anthony Wise and Tom McHugh who are all playing two or three characters each. Discussing this at the script stage was vital as these doubling of characters was suggested in the script – they are thematic doublings: each character casts new light on the other.
Starting with such a beautiful script makes me excited for the weeks ahead and the coming transformation from page to stage.
Theresa Keogh – Assistant Director