|Lynn Kennedy, in rehearsals for LIMBO|
Though I'm also completely wrong about one person plays. Working on LIMBO has allowed me work to on this with Lynn, the advantage of a one person play is that it can allow us to create a much more personal connection between you the audience member and the performer. More so than with a larger cast play. When rehearsing the show Lynn and I were very careful in not pushing the audience away but drawing them in. First establishing a connection with the audience and then allowing the character to pull back a bit and try to hide her emotions. Using Pinter (a popular lad in the Citz this month) style characterisation to hide our characters true emotion beneath a mask. Drawing the audience in as we see her struggle against her inner turmoil. I think the result creates a very dynamic and heartfelt performance, that Lynn creates beautifully. The key being not to through to much directly at the audience but giving the character and the audience space to think and feel.
Yesterday evening was the opening night and I hope the production does not keep the audience at a distance, instead, drawing you in as an audience member so you feel connected to the character, as it's only the two of you in that theatre, no-one else.
8-10 March, 6.30pm