No show, no props, no set.
The room was empty for a while, then some croissants arrived and then some people, in ones or twos and stood around with that first day of rehearsals kind of awkwardness. Everything has to begin somewhere so of course there is a first day but really you just want it to fast-forward to day two. That said, by 11.30 opening the space to the creative team and performers had filled an entire wall with A4 paper, suggesting enough material for about 3 shows on female pirates, which is exciting and daunting. An idea on a piece of paper is full of promise and potential but it is also 2d, unmade, and requires a commitment to some hard work to breath life into its potential.
The week, as they do, begins slowly and then gets faster and faster. The room fills with polystyrene mannequin heads, skateboards, pirate hats, a parrot (of course), and a ladder. Before we know it, it's Friday and the week has disappeared, cue more worry about how we are ever going to work fast enough if this week is anything to go by! But playing the game of doing a Friday afternoon 'run through', even though we have very little concrete material, pays off.
The performers before our eyes seem to find their pirate mojos and an excitement begins to bubble up inside me about the potential of what we really have, the 3D material already created, and the week ends with a spirit of 'aharrrrr'.
|Hey Mojo! |
Lucinka, Simone and Chloe
|Working with some of the props!|