Three days of observing and then thrown in at the deep end for the Dress rehearsal on Saturday. Made mistakes but kept calm and quiet, so no problems. I suspect everyone thinks I know a lot more than I do but I am going to take the opportunity to learn as much as I can.
The play is wonderful. I cried through two run-throughs. (I then got home and burst into tears at the end of the TV Little Women adaptation – I’m very emotional at the moment). It’s about loneliness and connecting, and the actors are so good it’s not like watching actors – just people. The characters are unusual in the sense you rarely see the thoughts and feelings they convey here, but they are so ordinary there must be thousands of (real) people like them. I both identify strongly (painfully!) with them but the play has also made me question my own assumptions. I think it will get richer every time I see it. And it seems a great company of people. Everyone is really friendly and it feels like there’s no hierarchy (which strictly there isn’t in the theatre).
First preview tonight and my second time doing my job.
(I wish the photo above was my own – sadly not)