Getting back to work in a company is absolutely critical for anyone who ‘teaches’ acting. I have learned so much this time around – do we ever stop learning I wonder – about this most elusive and testing art form that, in part at least, is about ‘Behaving truthfully in imaginary circumstances.’ Stamina, focus, preparation, humility, rolling with the punches – all the stuff we go on and on about becomes meaningful yet again when experienced.
There’s another kind of orchestration happening in the backstage area. It has a rhythm of its own, conducted by the Stage Manager, and one never heard out front.
I sit waiting in the wings during tech rehearsals and listen to the sounds around me – music and sound effects, the gentle rumble of stage machinery, whoosh and click of scrim drops, motion of the actor’s feet, onstage voices, and the cue calls orchestrated by our Stage Manager, Peter Sutherland.
Pete’s resonant voice is calm, focused, and in tune with the show’s momentum. I swear he is timing his standby and go cue calls to the beat of Tony Brumpton‘s (and Giuseppe Verdi‘s) music and the play’s ambient sound effects. It is wonderfully reassuring.
A new production begins – rehearsals get underway today – just after Christmas for QTC’s first production in Season 2016: QUARTET by Ronald Harwood. I’m delighted to be tackling the role of Jean Horton – diva extraordinare – and sharing the stage with some terrific Australian actors. Here we go!
About time I got back to some writing here … have started to miss it lately … tidying, editing, and archving happening
Just realised … it’s the first time in a month I’ve been on my own. Feeling just a little discombobulated.
Travel can do that to you.
Good casting and a supportive creative team make directing almost a breeze.