Here again. Ok!
So Brotfabrik is the German word for 'bread factory', and also the name of the cinema and theatre space we are making a show that we perform tomorrow. I haven't been messaging as often because this show is such a brave and massive undertaking! We each have a few scenes of The Seagull to learn PLUS I have been given the opportunity to keep working the storytelling techniques I was trying in the first showing to write the connecting pieces that will join our performed scenes together! Awesome excitement all the time! Yes... so I've been writing that. It is all done! Here is a little example, this is what we will open the show with:
Tai: The Park on an estate
Ben: A lake, a seagull
Tom: A wide avenue
Runa: A rough stage
Andr: Prepared for an amateur theatrical performance
Jaci: A single work of art
Tai: Rough amateur
Ben: Work of art
Andr: Theatrical performance rough stages just the curtain open space no scenery
Tom: Konstantin is a playwright
Ben: Nina is an actress they are in love
Runa: Arkadina is Konstantin’s mother an old actress
Jaci: Trigorin is her lover a novel writer
Andr: And I am Konstantin
Jaci: And I am Nina
Runa: And I am Arkadina
Ben: And I am Trigorin
Tom: And I am Konstantin
Tai: And I am Nina and I am the seagull
Andr: And an actress
Ben: And I am Arkadina
Runa: And I am Trigorin and this floor is Trigorin
And so on.
So that's been the bulk of my life lately. I am very excited to be writing and I feel really supported by the collective in finding my voice in the work.
Today was a case of running the storytelling rhythms and testing the actions of the performed scenes. In the performed scenes it's important to note we haven't got set casting, so in the first scene the actors will be audience members. In one scene later on Andrew, Ben and I play Arkadina while Jaci plays Trigorin. We are having fun with the quality of combination of casting. I will play Nina in the fifth scene which I am excited and terrified about. We are testing it tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes. I feel an enormous amount of potential in the form of work we are making. We show tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.