First off – it has been brought to my attention (thank you Peg and Caron!) that last week’s post failed to mention two extremely funny happenings that contributed to the ‘beautiful chaos’ I was talking about:
1) that Mike knocked over a flat. We all watched dumb founded as it fell in seeming slow motion to land on the bench. Thankfully no one and nothing was injured, but it was pointed out, rather dryly, that perhaps that ought to be the next thing secured in place!
2) that the script calls for Caron (playing Ruth) to have great difficultly opening out a garden chair. During the scene, that pivotal moment came around and the chair opened out as smooth as butter spread on warm toast. It was a thing of pure beauty and completely wrong which, or course, had us all in stitches! …
Now to this week, aka the final furlong:
Two good runs through, we’re coming in at about 2 hours in length, which will mean curtain down comfortably before 10 pm. All good stuff! Also the set is nearly finished – final push this weekend – Jim and Brenda who have designed and built it and it looks amazing – again! A house with bricks, and a garden with plants (none of them live (phew!) to keep in with the old theatre superstition).
I can’t believe this is coming to an end already… 14 weeks! Where has all that time gone? Well, you know what they say about time when you’re having fun, and we’ve certainly had that on this production. What a blast! And, because we all knew each other before we started then we really did turn into a proper little family. It is going to be so weird not seeing all these wonderful, thoroughly lovely idiots twice a week!
There’s Mike and Gethyn, with whom I have the majority of my scenes and both have been a joy to act with. With Mike my character, Annie, tends to be very vulnerable and he and I have been bouncing off each other like a dream. He comes up with these lovely bits if business that just add soooo much that you didn’t realise was there. And Gethyn – such perfect comic timing. I am much more tense and uptight with Gethyn’s character, so he gets all of that thrown at him, and he is so amazingly vague in return which is exactly what Tom, his character is: vague and dim. Really lovely stuff – who knew such embarrassing awkwardness could be so much fun!
Then there’s Jeff and Jeannie, with whom I share ‘window scenes’. They are not in the script but something Peggy, our director, dreamt up. We had an amazing time coming up with our fake conversations that no one will ever hear, and daft bits of action. Jeannie and I also have this brilliant moment at the end of the play where she is ranting and I quietly put her in her place. Directly afterwards we have this stare-down that lasts a couple of beats and it has been a point of mine of try and make her laugh during that moment. Jeannie laughs so easily – so amusing! Little things please little minds, as they say!
Caron, my excellent friend who is playing my older sister and nailing the making-baby-sister-feel-bad bit. We have had great fun throwing sarcasm at each other. If you can’t bite chunks out of your mate then who can you (to quote Peggy)???
Anyway, next week is show week … may we all break legs!
…. oh, and by the way, if the boys don’t walk off with this play I will die of surprise on the spot – they have spent the last 14 weeks trying desperately to one-up each other! Hilarious!