"That was a lovely reading. Absolutely super." says Paul.
A tea break follows. The actors stretch their legs and chat about what lies ahead.
Paul then outlines a little of his vision for rehearsals. "During this first
three week period, I'd like you to be bold. Try different things. If you think, well, yesterday I did this character sadly, or I did this character solemnly, then next time try for fast, or heavily ironic, or deliberately comic, or play it straight and see if the comedy comes through."
Don't be shy about pushing things to extremes
"It's much easier to pull things back if we need to" says Paul. He doesn't want his actors to worry about giving a performance in rehearsals. This is a process, and performances will come.
You're all so good already
After the initial three week period they will start firming up the moves, and blocking. This is the process by which the director and actors decide
where on the stage the actors will stand at any one time, taking account of sight lines for the audience, the set, and the lighting design.
And with that, the read through is finished. Rehearsals will start very soon. Each scene will be considered in detail; character motivations, plot, and meaning will be discussed at length. The play will not be performed again in its entirety by this group for several weeks.
The actors, on the promise of a free drink, head downstairs to the Grapevine Bar, all smiles and excitement. This will be a happy team.
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