It is now Tuesday afternoon, and we are in the 2nd session of technical rehearsal for Betrayal. We rehearsed scene changes yesterday afternoon, and all that that entails, and on the whole it all went rather well, I think. It’s quite a complex thing to do actually, as the idea is that scenes disappear and appear without the audience seeing it occur. Without giving anything away (again, I can only suggest you come and see for yourself!), there are mechanical devices at play here that assist us, but we all have to get to grips with them first. Always good to be challenged at work!
So today we are incorporating all of those challenges, and layering on other coats of theatrical paint, namely lighting, sound, costume, props etc…and doing the walking/talking thing too - all very exciting!
I am currently in my dressing room, bedecked in my rather fetching waiter garb, listening to the rehearsal stop/start/stop again on the show relay system, and keeping an ear out for when I have to pop down and assist in the scene change between scenes 5 and 6 - who said men can’t multitask?...
We will be “teching” till 10pm this evening and carrying on tomorrow morning with a view to having a dress rehearsal tomorrow evening. Will we stay on schedule? Will we maybe even be ahead of schedule? Will I manage not to drop the corkscrew this time? These, and other questions will be answered when next I get a chance to type some more Betrayal-based musings on my laptop. Til then, dear reader, you can but keep a finger or two crossed that all goes to plan………
[Ed. "coats of theatrical paint" nice...might have to steal that phrase...err, it seems I already have].