Well, I’m back, face down in the hefty maternal bosom of my native England. Farewell Paris, hello cheddar cheese.
Last week we moved into our new rehearsal room at The Art Organisation (TAO), on Station Street in my hometown Nottingham. It’s a former industrial building that’s been reclaimed for use by artists. The building next door has a fantastic gallery and cafe, which I highly recommend if you’re ever in the area. (Website here.)
In the first week of rehearsals, I worked on the show using very little text, focussing on play and sometime more abstract or expressionist movement. In the last couple of days we’ve put the voice back in and rediscovered a direct engagement with the audience to go with that. I’m having a lot of fun improvising.
I also blew a lot of money in a pet shop recently but the acquisition of a SuperPet Critter Cruiser and a Hamster Moon Module have enriched the creative process no end!
Yesterday, we had one of those ‘breakthrough moments’ which make you think, “Wow, we’ve found something really great there.” And simultaneously, ”Hmmm, well that does change everything really, doesn’t it?”