Part 2 - Jan 14 - Getting on their feet:
the first few sessions of reading, the actors are up on their feet,
doing blocking. The internet says the term comes from a practice of
‘using small wooden blocks to represent actors, moving these about on a
miniature of a set of a planned work’. For these guys it’s walking
through the script, half reading, half acting, getting the feel of
things – sometimes calling out ‘line!’ when they need a hint from the
production crew. Sometimes calling a stop to say – ‘wouldn’t it be
better if I stood over here?’ Or ‘would my character know this at the
It’s fascinating watching them work – I can see why the Actors Nightmare is a play about forgetting lines.
continuing to study the faces. It’s challenging, as each actor has
multiple roles in the play. Each time I’m wanting to portray them
slightly differently. I’m imagining once they’re in costume it’s going
to look even more impressive. People changing age and persona right
before your eyes.
was glad to get a good one of the playwright, Beverly Cooper – she was
only here for a few days, so I made sure to get a few of her. And of
course, the director, Roy Surette. I’m not sure what’s the right thing
to say about directors – puppet master? collaborator? cheerleader? It’s
certainly some of all of that.
the actors block the scenes, sometimes a posture will happen, just for
the briefest second, that really tells the story. Here’s a couple from
early in the play, as the school kids are just finding out that their
friend has been murdered.
the end of a session I grabbed a shot of Steven Truscott's bike leaning
in the corner, with some other props – a detective’s hat, some old
bakelite phones, a super 8 movie projector. I don't know what some of
it is for, but I know that bike will be in a big scene soon.
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