With preparations for previews well under way, The Caretaker Assistant Director Chino Odimba took a quick five minutes out of the rehearsal room to fill us in on all the latest updates from week 4.
If the last three weeks have been the slow saunter through the tunnel, mascot happily dancing in front of you, this week is the bit just before the referee throws the coin up in the air.
And now imagine that before all of this, this is the first time you have been on this particular pitch, in this particular stadium…
Weird football analogy over…
Having spent most of the rehearsal time so far in a one of the lovely rehearsal spaces at Bristol Old Vic, we are now moving onto the stage.
This may come as surprise but for most productions, the cast do not start using the stage space until the final week of rehearsal.
It is a week of testing everything that we have been doing in the rehearsal room – and sometimes having to rethink scenes. There are people everywhere – technicians, costumes makers, dressers, stage managers, producers, sound designers, lighting designers, and the cast all trying to get the best of the week before we open to you – the public! We might even spot our Artistic Director Tom Morris popping in to see how things are going…eeek!!!
This part of the process is where all the ideas about costumes, lighting, sound and set come together to make the show that we will all be seeing in under six days! The set will be ‘dressed’, things will be ‘flown’ and the several gallons of coffee will be drank!
There is also a lot of excitement to see the final look for each actor…we have had some glimpses of costume but yet to see them in all their glory.
My role as Assistant Director will mean I spend a lot of time with the actors helping to them to feel confident with who their character is, and ensuring they know their lines as best as possible. Right until the opening previews, we will now be working to make the show better and better, and find new things that we didn’t, and couldn’t, have found in the rehearsal room.
I’ve had a fun time being Assistant Director for The Caretaker – it is a play that I love very much so feel especially honoured to be working on it. Seeing the process of a play from the initial reading of the script to the realisation of it on a stage is something quite special indeed.
For now, I’m strapping my boots on, waiting for the whistle to go, and for kick-off!!
Wish us luck…and see you there for a post match drink or two!