12/09/2015 *Thick Geordie accent* Day 2 in the Happy Hour House.
So people read yesterday’s blog… Yay! However, much like that of the Big Brother experiment concept in Happy Hour, I then realised that the cast and crew might become subconsciously aware that anything they said or did in front of me would be written in my blog. Some of the actors joked about who would be mentioned first and there was certainly a clear winner in my mind…
The man, the myth, the legend that is Adam Davies. Adam led the warm this morning – I use the word “warm up” loosely as it was more like being thrown into the fiery pits of an army boot camp. Although this high intensity form of training was tough and crazy, it really pumped everyone up and there was a sense of achievement (plus a whole lot of sweat) in the room when we had completed the full workout.
I then had the pleasure of meeting Chris Fittock, the writer of Happy Hour, as he handed around new scripts that were hot off of the press. Table reads aren’t necessarily something that springs to mind when you think about the process of devising a physical theatre show, however during this experience, it became apparent that this is fundamental. Working with a writer in the room is really nice, as they can create words that are personal to what that actor is bringing to the character – a beautiful thing to behold.
Another true beauty was seeing the actors play with the new set, which was delivered and constructed this morning while we all got an extra hour in bed. It’s a rare luxury to have a full set in a rehearsal room, as often actors are unlikely to be able to investigate it until show week. Watching them play around with the potential of their new environment, brought a static piece of construction to life and suddenly we were in the dystopian world of Happy Hour.
So what did I learn today?
Tmesis has a very inspiring vibe where each and every member of the company brings something to the table. And the way in which Director, Eli, works allows the cast members the time and space to uncover moments in unexpected places. When improvising, Eli doesn’t just stop the actors if she feels something isn’t working like some directors might. Rather, she lets them muddle through and sees where it leads them, which I believe shows a real sense of trust and openness.
With this, Tmesis actors know that in fact, Big Brother is not watching them and therefore they have the courage to take risks and that’s where the magic happens.