7.40pm, phone call from Alex – the A14’s a giant car park. I’ll be with you as soon as I can, but don’t hold your breath.
Obviously the same thing was happening to Martin, Paul and Steve. Which left me with Chris and Rachel. Which is handy because there isn’t actually any time in this play when their two characters interact with each other. Umm. Well, we’ll just have to wait a bit.
Eventually the others arrived and we were able to get on, although as usual there had to be a fair bit of people reading in for absent friends. Still, at least it gives the others a chance to try out their painstakingly learned lines. And they had been learned, too – well done everybody. Despite the late start we ran scene 3 a couple of times, with some suggestions from me for different line readings and bits of characterisation, and a few re-takes to try them out. After the customary cuppa, Alex and Chris stayed on to work on their midnight tryst while the rest of them knocked off early. Alex’s sore knee put a stop to much of the horizontal cavortings under the tree, but it was a very helpful session nonetheless, revising the moves around the set as the amorous pair try to find a suitable location for the goings-on. This is one of the two set pieces of the play (the other being the puppet show) which have to look spontaneous and chaotic, while actually being very well rehearsed. They did well, but it needs a lot more rehearsal. We planned an additional early evening session a couple of weeks hence when we won’t have to worry about how late it’s getting. After which we went home, only to discover a raucous panto costume fitting session still in progress there . . . but that’s another story.