A Postcard from Australia!
Posted by Rehearsal Room on 9th Mar 2012 at 10:02 | 0 comments
Australia! We have arrived and already I am a little in awe of Adelaide Festival’s Rohan Yates, our Production Co-ordinator. 4 months ago he was sent a copy of our props list and numerous photos of the set, and from just these he has managed to assemble piles of almost identical junk to that which has gone ahead of us to the States. For those of us who know the show it’s like looking through a mirror – everything is the same, but a bit different. All the more remarkable given he’s been working in Australia on a play set in 1960’s London!
Lindah, Liam, Sean and I spent the best part of Tuesday thrilled and filthy, unpacking boxes and delighting at the familiar: the Electrolux, toaster, stove, and of course our beloved Buddhas; each one smiling, blindly unaware of his fate.
The Cartaker at Her Majesty`s Theatre
Amazingly, I love techs! Not everybody does, a week of long days in the dark can be stressful, exhausting, and boring – but for me, it’s one of the reasons I do my job. In a tech everything comes together for the first time, and for a DSM it’s when their job really begins.
Naturally, I find myself in yet another dark corner, albeit on the other side of the world, surveying an array of monitors, buttons, microphones and a DSM’s primary technical tools – a pencil, ruler and rubber!
Cueing is relatively easy as we are working from the map created at the Everyman 2 years ago, it’s not long before it’s all come flooding back and I feel as if I have never done anything else but call this show!
Obviously you can never know how an audience, especially one in a new city, will react but when we finish, and the final image of the production is lit it still gives me goosebumps; and so I know that whoever is in our audience come tomorrow night for the first of many shows over the next few months, they are in for a real treat!
Deputy Stage Manager
The Caretaker international tour opens at the Adelaide Festival on 8 March before touring to San Francisco, Columbus and New York.
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