Lovers and Liars

Lovers and Liars : A David Garrick Double Bill

Working on the Scenic Stage

Chris Palmer(AD)

Chris Palmer

(Assitant Director)

After a delightful exploration of Commedia Dell’Arte, it was time for our groups to perform our plays to each other. These performances were a demonstration of our work so far and they went very well, much credit to both groups.

As you know our performances this term will be on the Scenic Stage Theatre. The theatre is a difficult stage to work on, particularly due to the thrust staging, which presents our groups with several challenges, such as:

  • Blocking a scene so the action does not obstruct any of the sight lines.
  • Vocal projection and diction, ensuring that if the audience are seeing the back of an actor, the line is not lost.

This week the raised stage has been set in place allowing the actors to explore the space. There was a specific rehearsal dedicated to the actors exploring the different levels of the stage, giving the scenes some variation and exploring the comic potential. Once we had adapted to the stage, we worked on meticulously blocking each scene, paying particular attention to ensuring the sight lines were clear.

As the lighting designers are starting to plot and focus their lights, our rehearsals have moved out of the Scenic Stage, into alternative rehearsal rooms. Here our focus is on developing vocal clarity and working on the pace of which we deliver lines. Each rehearsal starts with a thorough vocal warm up, with exercises that help the actors achieve vocal clarity.

This is our final week of rehearsals before the technical rehearsals start. Therefore this weekend will be an intense few days of fine tuning all of our hard work in preparation for the performances.


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This entry was posted on February 28, 2013 by in DIRECTORS.
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