Happy Hour rehearsal blog- Day 3- Sophie Cottle
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?
Once upon a time, in a land where the Beatles were born and you can buy scouse for £2, the Tmesis Theatre Company entered the room for Day 3 of Happy Hour rehearsals.
A sense of calm and relief filled the air, as Jen took us through a Yoga warm up, which was well needed for our aching muscles. In stark contrast to yesterday’s military madness, this got me thinking…
I can see how each actor brings a small part of themselves to their character. For instance, Adam’s character is the manager of his sector; he is the person to look to when things go wrong and he strives to be like Superman. In parallel, the real Adam works well as a leader and his high intensity workout mirrors his drive and determination. In another instance, Jen’s character is extremely poised and in control (for the most part) and real-life Jen’s guru attitude reflects this perfectly.
The exploration continued as an improvised staff disco happened, bringing more snapshots of their wants and desires. Digging deeper, we spent a good chunk of rehearsals today exploring Ian’s character, Dave, as we were intrigued to find out more about what makes this guy tick.
Over lunchtime, talking to Ian, he admitted to the group about his addiction to crisps. We then seemed to hold some sort of fried potato intervention to get to the route of Ian’s problem. This totally echoes something that would happen to Dave and Ian brings his lovable comic charm to the part.
Through all of this, I don’t wish you to think that Adam is a power hungry enforcer, Jen is a goody two shoes and Ian is a bit of a loser; but rather that these actors work with their energies to then create a character which is a sideways step from themselves.
When it comes down to it, what’s fascinating for us as audience members is being able to see an aspect of ourselves in those on stage, to relate, feel with and for them.
Today I realised that I can see an aspect of myself in every character in Happy Hour and maybe I’m in search for happiness too? Well, maybe we all are…
Mirror, mirror on the wall, you show us what we look like, not who we are.