Savannah's Theatre Blog

Week 4

Posted in IPP by Savannah on February 27, 2011

On Monday, we mainly worked on/started Rolling in the Deep. I was so, so happy with it at this point! Basically, I told Cathy my idea in a nutshell and we just put on the music and did it! It was wonderfful and soo much fun! We get to be really silly in this routine which I really love because it’s pretty much the only light in a pretty dark play. We added a part to it which was with police hats. I wanted to get down to the essence of what I was trying to say (happiness in childhood) and I’d thought of using costumes/playing dress ups like children would (and like we occassionally do). So we did this really fun thing with the police hats where we pick them up in identical motions and with identical timing but then Cathy starts to put her hat on and I look at her, then vise versa and finally we get them on at the same time! I’m so excited!

On Wednesday however, we had some difficulties. It was mainly with Rolling in the Deep which had been going so well! We (both Cathy and I) couldn’t seem to get into our inner child and get the energy/emotion right. It was very frustrating for both of us – I think – so I tried to think of games we could do to get into that stage of not caring what any one thinks and allowing emotions to over rule us. So we started by playing some happy music which for me is music from the Burlesque soundtrack (Christina Aguilera rocks my world!) and for Cathy was Florence and the Machine. This didn’t really work so we tried hot potato with the boxes, soccer with the boxes, chasy and we got a little bit further but no where near where I want it to be. I’m hoping that we were just having a bad day (which would make sense given that we had a lot of major assessment pieces due in a couple of days) and that when we approach it with a fresh mind tomorrow morning, there will be more of that carefree, joyous side.

Something that we worked on that I was really happy with was Turning Tables. What we did was break it down motivation wise, as in we looked at the different stages within the piece and figured out what our characters were thinking, why they were thinking that and the effects of their emotional state. So, it went something like this:

Throughout the piece, my character feels as though she is in control. The audience knows this is not the case due to the drug’s controlling through puppetry which she ignores/is not even aware of.

The piece begins with mirrorring and at this point, Pandora feels as though they have an even, equal and almost loving relationship. The drug thinks no such thoughts but is a manipulator and successfully gets her thinking this.

Only at the end of the piece is there a slight glimmer of realisation in what is really happening and that is when the drug drops her from the puppetry/lets her fall.

The Given Cicumstances:

  1. Who am I? Pandora (I’ve called my character this because I feel her as a ‘light’ character and I feel that the name is very fitting in relation to the play because of Pandora’s box; letting all the bad things into the world but hope along side it), 17 years old. She’s unhappy with her life, her family, school, everything because she feels that she’s not good enough. Using drugs provides a shelter, an escape from that insecurity. That’s why she started. She eventually realises that the drug is controlling her more than all the other influences (i.e. parents, school, etc.) who, she believed, were trying to make her perfect.
  2. What do I want? An escape which provides a feeling of strength in a way because she no longer has to be perfect; freedom.
  3. Why do I want it? Because it seems like the only option
  4. How do I achieve it? By using heroin. When that ultimately fails, she allows her friend to help her.
  5. What are my obstacles? Firstly: hiding it from everyone around me (eyedrops, perfume, long sleeved shirt), then: admitting that I need help
  6. Where am I?

Routines: In her bedroom

China White: In a bedroom of a new “friend’s” house. It’s relatively empty and the room is in pretty dodgy condition. The new “friend” is an addict and has been for a long time and therefore, spends money on drugs rather than furnishing.

Rolling in the Deep: Everywhere and anywhere.

Turning Tables: The same as RITD

Intervention: At Pandora’s house (Cat’s character has approached her in a place most comfortable to P)

Finale:A combination of Intervention and RITD.

* I realise that this is not in as much depth as it should be but when going through the scenes this week, expanding on this is something I plan to focus on.

Another good thing that happened on Wednesday was that we got some of the props that we needed. Whilst Cathy and I were working on Rolling in the Deep, I sent Geoff off to get syringes from the nurse (and to clearly state what we needed them for), then to the science department for a petri dish.

Whilst we a bit behind on our schedule, I feel that we’ve got a lot accomplished and I’m happy with how the piece is progressing! (Although we have like 2 tonnes of work to go but I managed to get quite a bit of work done over the weekend which is exciting!)

Week 4: plan

Monday:

Period 1: discussion

– Laban (briefly, see what work everyone has done, brief discussion)

– Character, inc. Stanislavski (briefly as we will go into more depth during routines)

– Theatre styles

– Costumes

Last 15 minutes of class/remaining time: finale, go through ideas, start linking, etc.

Period 2:

40 minutes: routines 1, 2 and 3, figure out how to get everything on/off stage

10 minutes: Rolling In The Deep – go through

Period 5: working on Finale

Tuesday:

Period 5: Lighting with Taleah

Wednesday:

Period 1 and 2: Focus on Laban as a whole class

Period 5: Lighting with Taleah

Thursday:

Period 5 – Turning Tables, focus on Laban

After School (4:30/5:00 – 5:45 – depending on how late production things run): Rolling In The Deep

Friday:

Period 3: lighting with Taleah

* No P5 rehearsal

The Routines:

Music: Heavy In Your Arms (Soundtrack Version), Florence and the Machine

Props: (what we have)

Cat Sav
  Head band (white Alice band)
  Mascara
  Perfume
  Necklace (to rehearse with)
   
   
   

 

Props: (what we need)

Cat Sav Other
Hair brush Necklace that works 2 X card tables
Hair clips/band Hairbrush 2 X chairs
Mascara/lip balm Eye drops/eye dropper  
Perfume Long sleeved shirt (?)  
Jewellery    
     
     

 

1st Routine:

–        This routine goes with the music

–        There may be a costume addiction (with Sav’s character) that is Cathy’s colour or the other way around

–        Time: 2:32 without costume addition

Why Cat’s character is involved:

I want to make it clear that she is my friend before I started to take the drug. This defines her first role.

*Optional: Cathy puts on something of her own colour to emphasise to the audience that it is her colour.

2nd Routine:

–        Cathy will be in this routine but her actions will go with the music (like the 1st routine) whilst Sav’s character’s actions will be slightly altered because the drug is changing/effecting her life

–        There Alice band will be replaced with eye drops in this scene to mask bloodshot eyes.

–        No interaction between the two although they know the other is there (Sav’s character is less aware of this )

* There may be costume addition/removal in this scene: long sleeve shirt/jacket , to cover up injection marks – EXPERIMENT

3rd Routine:

–        Cathy will not be in this scene because she is trying not to be dragged into Sav’s character’s problems (Cathy’s character is scared)

–        It will be totally out of order and not with the music. All props will be set up but ignored. This is because deterioration of physical appearance is a common sign of drug abuse

–        Cathy’s table will still be set up but she will not be at it. This is to emphasise her absence

* There may be costume addition/removal in this scene: long sleeve shirt/jacket , to cover up injection marks – EXPERIMENT

–        I like this less here because I think my character is too far gone by this stage to care.

How they will work:

There will be two card tables set up (by us) downstage right and left with the props already on them. There will be chairs set up to one side of the table (on each table) towards centre stage. Both Cat and Sav (in character) will walk off their respective sides, leaving the tables but in black out may go back to get them (not in character).

Other:

When we went backstage with Nathan ? after seeing Superheroes by Stone/Castro and Arts House, we saw tables set up in the wings with their props in a particular order so they knew exactly where everything was. This is something that is important to do for this sequence.

 

The Routines:

Music: Heavy In Your Arms (Soundtrack Version), Florence and the Machine

Props: (what we have)

Cat Sav
  Head band (white Alice band)
  Mascara
  Perfume
  Necklace (to rehearse with)
   
   
   

 

Props: (what we need)

Cat Sav Other
Hair brush Necklace that works 2 X card tables
Hair clips/band Hairbrush 2 X chairs
Mascara/lip balm Eye drops/eye dropper  
Perfume Long sleeved shirt (?)  
Jewellery    
     
     

 

1st Routine:

–        This routine goes with the music

–        There may be a costume addiction (with Sav’s character) that is Cathy’s colour or the other way around

–        Time: 2:32 without costume addition

Why Cat’s character is involved:

I want to make it clear that she is my friend before I started to take the drug. This defines her first role.

*Optional: Cathy puts on something of her own colour to emphasise to the audience that it is her colour.

2nd Routine:

–        Cathy will be in this routine but her actions will go with the music (like the 1st routine) whilst Sav’s character’s actions will be slightly altered because the drug is changing/effecting her life

–        There Alice band will be replaced with eye drops in this scene to mask bloodshot eyes.

–        No interaction between the two although they know the other is there (Sav’s character is less aware of this )

* There may be costume addition/removal in this scene: long sleeve shirt/jacket , to cover up injection marks – EXPERIMENT

3rd Routine:

–        Cathy will not be in this scene because she is trying not to be dragged into Sav’s character’s problems (Cathy’s character is scared)

–        It will be totally out of order and not with the music. All props will be set up but ignored. This is because deterioration of physical appearance is a common sign of drug abuse

–        Cathy’s table will still be set up but she will not be at it. This is to emphasise her absence

* There may be costume addition/removal in this scene: long sleeve shirt/jacket , to cover up injection marks – EXPERIMENT

–        I like this less here because I think my character is too far gone by this stage to care.

How they will work:

There will be two card tables set up (by us) downstage right and left with the props already on them. There will be chairs set up to one side of the table (on each table) towards centre stage. Both Cat and Sav (in character) will walk off their respective sides, leaving the tables but in black out may go back to get them (not in character).

Other:

When we went backstage with Nathan ? after seeing Superheroes by Stone/Castro and Arts House, we saw tables set up in the wings with their props in a particular order so they knew exactly where everything was. This is something that is important to do for this sequence.

 

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