INKBLOC Ensemble Rehearsal Diary – Week 7

Intensive rehearsals continue ahead of INKBLOC Ensemble’s debut show LEGO BeachHere, company member Krista spills all the beans about the very latest INKBLOC shenanigans.

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This is it. The half way mark has been reached. There’s no turning back. It’s all very dramatic. The company entered the room on a mildly sunny Monday morning with their battle armour at the ready. Producer Amy has schedules in hand, MD Alison juggles every quirky instrument ever made, whilst costume designer Jennie wears her measuring tape like a neck scarf. And me you ask? Well I had a peanut butter and jam sandwich in one hand and a notebook larger than life in the other. What more does an associate director need?

After Mondays rehearsal we filmed a video explaining how to get to 1532 Performing Arts Centre, the space in which LEGO Beach will set sail into the world, and like tuna swimming around the ocean we know you’re going to be hooked.

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It’s been a tiring week for every member of the company as we plough through scene by scene, cleverly guided by our much loved director Claire Crawford. ‘The anoraks’, played by the ensemble, have been a focus for us in the rehearsal room this week. They are at the core of our piece, tying loose ends together and driving the action forward as the plot thickens for Lou and Jo. If our piece was a song it would definitely be a mix between Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and Survivors ‘Eye of the Tiger’. Intrigued? I would be as well.

On Thursday afternoon we all headed over to Monica Wills House to visit the chat-back group we had previously done an intergenerational project with. Once everybody had had a cup of tea, one too many biscuits and a natter we shared a few snippets from material we’ve created. It went down a treat.

It’s been a busy week to say the least, but it’s all part of the fun that comes with being an INKBLOC member. We’re moving full steam ahead into week 7 of rehearsals and there’s only one question on everyone’s mind…will be beat our high score of 50 in fives?

INKBLOC Ensemble are this year’s resident Made in Bristol company – Bristol Old Vic’s theatre training course for ages 18-25. For more information about the programme, click here.


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