Thoughts from the Director, Marylyn Ford
Directing a play at the Apollo Theatre, the National Theatre of the Isle of
Wight, is like riding on a tumbrel to the guillotine: slow but inexorable, no
Rotten eggs are thrown by the production crew, usually because the
director hasn't made her/his intentions clear, with no changes.
tomatoes hurled by the cast find their mark. especially at that point in
rehearsals when there's no more time for meandering discussions of character or
motivation, or the set/costume is thought to be "wrong".
Mme. Defarge awaits,
knitting up hubris.
To quote Sydney Carton, aka the Scarlet Pimpernel, I can
only say, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it
is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."
Or, mine's a
small Chardonnay, chilled.
(Apologies to Charles Dickens)
The set is being built as we speak....photo courtesy of Paul Jennings.