Week 3 is always an interesting time in a rehearsal room, typically its when the scripts are put down and semblances of costume, sound design and visual effects are being brought into the room and tested within the parameters of the show. For the actors, it’s the time when all the brainstorming, the discussions and all the ideas they’ve tried out on the floor need to be solidified. Director Jimmy Fay has created a wonderfully open and collaborative room. The Burnt Out rehearsal room is a space where actors are free to make contributions, as well as take risks, make big swings and offer solutions when necessary. This has been a gorgeous silver lining during this rehearsal period because even though there are definite moments of levity, this play deals with quite heavy subject matters throughout, and this freedom has meant we have been able to have fun and laugh whilst also authentically approaching the work.
Introducing the additional factors to a show such as costume, lights and sound seem rudimentary and expected for a theatre piece but each time a layer is added, it alters the dynamic of a scene enormously. Sound Designer Garth McConaghie and Jimmy have created an amazing soundscape which has altered the feeling of each scene massively. From 80’s dance and 90’s trance, techno and metal, to vintage movies and contemporary pop, there is a visceral nature the sound design which bring you right into the psyche of the characters on stage. You’ll have to wait and see the rest of the designs from A/V Designer Neil O’Driscoll and Lighting Designer Mary Tumelty, but from what we can see so far, this project will be one of the most exciting plays I’ve ever been apart of.
FILM RECOMMENDATIONS: - Rio Bravo - Gaslight (1944) - Hereditary - Vertigo
MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS: - Acen - Trip to the Moon Box Set Part 1 - Faithless - Insomnia - Thomas Schumacher - Come Closer - The Idles
Assistant Director - Burnt Out