Happy Hour Blog – Day One (11/09/16)
Being allowed to sit in on a Tmesis Theatre Company rehearsal is like being asked on a date by someone you have liked for a long time; the unknown is exciting and a little bit scary.
As a recent acting graduate of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, I had the privilege of being taught by Eli Randle (Director of Tmesis) and after she saw my curiosity in working from a physical perspective, she mentioned to me about sitting in on rehearsals for Happy Hour; joining in on the warm ups and giving feedback from an outside eye.
Unfortunately, just like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, it seems to me that some companies are a bit sceptical about opening their doors to outsiders, as if they don’t want you to find out their secret ingredient for their everlasting gobstopper. So you can image how I felt when Tmesis welcomed me in with open arms (literally hugs all around) – it was like finding a golden ticket.
Although I am calling today “Day One”, this is actually not the first day of rehearsals for the company, as months of preparation from the creative team and a successful Research and Development process came before we even stepped into the dance studio today.
Our day began with Lois, the designer, talking us through the new and rather exciting set and costume design. The actor’s eyes all lit up as Lois spoke about the endless possibilities to be had with the new playground she has created for them and ideas for movement pieces already started flying around the circle.
It became apparent that the concepts being explored in this piece are so huge, so current and so utterly bewildering at times, that is the process of honing these into a clear piece of entertainment, following the storylines of four characters who all have different motivations.
Although this piece is ultimately based on a search for happiness, the underlying concept is actually somewhat dark. However, this did not stop us having plenty of laughs today and some brilliant moments were found solely through improvisation and playfulness.
So if you asked me about how my date went today?
We are going on a second date tomorrow…
By Sophie Cottle