Anyway we got of the plane and headed straight into a 5 hour rehearsal in which
I got to meet the 30 odd
members of the Polish cast for the first time. And here is the first hurdle. Never have I done the same project twice with different people in such a short space of time. The triumph of what we achieved in Ostrava and the wonderful people we met and became friends with there still ride high in my mind. And yet in order to engage with and create something new and wonderful here, it will be necessarypush it away a little (just a little) so that what we do here truly becomes its own unique adventure.
Our rehearsal venue is the Gdansk Fine Arts Academy department of sculpture and is an amazing place.
Have a little tour.
The first day we spent doing lots of games and while this is fun it is also hard work. It allows us to see how a cast will engage with each other, with the director and with the silliness that is generally part of the acting life. And the cast responded with such a wonderful level of engagement that it was a truly wonderful day. The pictures that litter this post are an example of how silly these folk are willing to get - and that's a good thing.
The second day. A lovely Sunday was mostly music and my word what a musical bunch they are. There are a lot of musicians in this crowd and among the instruments people brought to play with are a violin, a recorder, 2 guitars, a bass, a digeridoo, a hand drum and a mouth harp!!!
Here's an example of the cast trying out a 4 part number form the show
We ended this day with a hilarious summary of the play which I got the cast to act out. Needless to say there was much laughter, from a company that range from 8 to 70 yrs old. We have also brought 4 members of the Czech team with us and it is beautiful to see how everyone is meshing together. It's lovely to see a couple of members from our show Pericles from 2 years ago
And finally I'd forgotten how beautiful Gdansk was at night