One last light day

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

One more light day, and then the women from Macbeth/MacBett will join us. We worked with Warren in the morning. Oh my God. What amazing work. Creating the soundscape for Hades. Really incredible. Vocal sounds that send chills up your spines, and an ascending line that is relentless. He works so amazingly well with all the different voices he has, and somehow, out of this melange, he creates a remarkable score. Josette, and Veronica, and Charmion, our voice coach, were all brought in to listen once we had learned it, and were genuinely blown away. So a really pleasing morning of work.

The afternoon was dedicated to supporting the rest of our cast. Five of the British women are also performing in Macbeth, and Ionesco’s tragic farce, Macbett. (It’s hard to believe how hard they are working. Seven shows a week plus 7 hour rehearsal days! Yikes.) And on top of that, four of them are understudying, and we went to see their run and have them introduce us to the Swan stage. Most of the Canadians had already seen Macbeth, but not me. So I was quite pleasantly surprised that the Martha Cohen stage at ATP is practically a reproduction of this space! So I feel quite familiar with it. Which is a joy, and a relief, and provides a great level of comfort for playing. The women did an excellent job: it is a very complicated production full of special effects which makes understudying a real challenge. But they rose to it. Afterwards we had “tea and cakes” up on the top of the Swan Theatre, where there is a terrace from which you can see five counties! So beautiful. 

Then we had about an hour to work on the stage. Charmion took us through some voice work, and it was excellent to meet the space, and get a sense of it to take back to the rehearsal hall with us. 

In the evening I had the privilege of seeing Sir Ian McKellan give his King Lear, in a stunning production directed by Trevor Nunn. It was a great production. The most gratifying thing to me is that several times I was able to say to myself, “what a great play this is”, which to me means that the play was in no way overwhelmed by the production, and that the acting was clear, generous, and honest. What a gift. Yum.

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