1 Birthday Girl Director, 5 Actors, 1 Producer and 1 Blogger – Hello, for the final time!
Friday, as well as being Director Megan’s birthday, marks the end of Phase 1 of the Research and Development for Rock Bottom. The end of a week of exploration and evolution.
As the week draws to a close, a sense of all the techniques, exercises, stories and experiences coming together is felt. The beauty of Research and Development is that more often than not, even though a phase ends it marks the beginning of the next chapter in the production’s life. With that in mind, the final day lends Itself to summarising and evaluating.
The morning was spent again delving deeper into each other’s stories, with one actor using the words of the actor next to them. Then submitted material was worked and reworked finding the humour in deep and personal stories. Scripted work was revisited, and even more new material was discovered. Of course, birthday cake breaks were taken intermittently.
Amy, Sol, Jake, Janelle and Amy bring life and energy as well as sensitivity and understanding to each of the pieces they perform. From 2 minute exerts to longer, developed storytelling. Each of the actors brings something different to the table and in turn a wealth of talent is exhibited.
Throughout the week Megan introduced different ideas and methods. Each would build upon the previous and created a well-rounded and varied mix of performances. Having visited and revisited different stimuli and material, the week is concluded with a strong understanding of what was enjoyable, what was challenging, emotive, funny, effective and so on.
Rock Bottom, as a concept, is important and this week’s R&D is the first step in creating something powerful that addresses and makes the issue accessible through art. On day 5 it is easy to recognise the progress made in such a short amount of time and start to mark out a path for the next steps.
It has been a pleasure to be a part of this process and see such strength and joy built out of dark places. This is the start of a very exciting journey, and if the last 5 days are anything to go by, it’s going to be incredible.
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