After a jam-packed couple of months the Easter break comes as a welcome and much needed time to rest. Alas I don’t think we’ll be making it to Mass, but we shall be witness to the resurrection of our social life! Now that is something to be thankful for…
With such a busy schedule this year, including the creation of two new pieces, we have had to be much more organized with our touring and rehearsals, but thanks to our brilliant producer Sarah Wilson this has been possible. For the next couple of weeks we will be bunkering down at Hertford Theatre for an intensive devising period for The Man in The Moone, due to be premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. Our aim at the end of these two weeks is to know what the show is, where it’s going and how we’ll make this happen on stage. This means when we restart rehearsals in June we will not be devising but perfecting what we have. As we don’t work with a director an important part of the rehearsal process is the showing of work-in-progress. Associates of the company are invited to give feedback on a presentation of the work as it stands at that moment. It’s a incredibly vulnerable experience performing unpolished work, yet it is a necessary one, as it gives you so many answers: what works, what doesn’t and what is missing.
The time off has also allowed the many ideas floating around in our heads to settle. Time off provides distance from the material in creation, which subsequently gives you a much clearer view of your progress. Devising is difficult – an extremely inexact science. Time away from the rehearsal room is at times just as important as time in the rehearsal room. Perspective is easily lost when you are so heavily involved, but we have managed to allow ourselves time away. The results of this time spent reflecting, allowing ideas to settle? Those ideas are beginning to show themselves in the piece. It feels far more developed at this early stage than anything else we have previously done. That said, the real test though shall be when we perform it for an audience.
PS We have our first teaser trailer for The Man in the Moone! Animated by Christopher Harrisson, it is the first in a series to be released in the run-up to the Edinburgh Fringe. You can see it here!