When you’re involved in an intense program like the MA Lab at Rada, there ain’t much time to breathe. It’s filled to the brim with classes, rehearsals and performances. Over the last few months I’ve had to sacrifice many hours of sleep so that I could fully commit to my crazy schedule. In February, our company put on an ensemble production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and her Children, in which I played the Chaplain among two other soldiers. It was a demanding but fantastic experience.
After our Suzuki and Laban training, some serious transformational animal work (I have been studying the tiger and the stork rigorously), singing practice and contextual theatre history education, we were enlightened by the world of Commedia D’ell Arte and even produced an adapted dark clown, yes, show of The Revenger’s Tragedy, in which I played Gloriana, the embodiment of the skull of the dead girlfriend. It took me while to get it too.
Throughout this all we have been working on devising our own production of Prometheus Bound. It’s safe to say that I am currently rediscovering my place within the performance arts and how I can be of added value to it. I have come to love ensemble driven physical theatre work and am looking forward to how it might inform my future artistic choices. Couldn’t be more grateful for this wonderful experience.