Right. Time for the biggie. Another go at the puppet show. Steve had obviously been working hard at his lines and it made a big difference. A few other people were stumbling a bit though. The actor’s immortal phrase: “I knew them when I was at home!”
This scene is going to take a lot of rehearsal – it’s very demanding, with so many different mini-dramas going on in different rooms at the same time, with the action switching from one to another and at times running in parallel. We’ll get there, but it’ll take a lot of hard work and commitment, which is what I got from them tonight. Rehearsals are now going on from 7.30 – 10.00, which is a long time, especially after a busy day. Not for the first time I feel envious of professional directors, who have their casts to work with all day and every day, not just for a couple of evenings a week when they’re tired to start with.
We did the two scenes in Act Two, after which I gave notes to try and sort out a few problems and suggest ways to bring out the comedy. Then we stopped briefly for everyone to get themselves a drink and look over the lines which were causing them problems before hacking back on with the puppet show scene. As usual, it was better the second time through, but nevertheless it highlights for each person the bits they need to work on by themselves. Knowing this cast, I’m sure they will. Thanks, guys. All I can say is that I’m sure it will all be worth it in the end.