In her penultimate blog post, Patricia discusses her response to the re-rehearsal process, looks forward to the coming holiday and tells of how she discovered how to talk to the audience.
Transcript of Podcast
Re-rehearsals and holiday
We have just had a period of re-rehearsal. I didn't find it all that useful because I am so tired at the moment. Some members of the cast felt that there were things that really had to be changed, so for them it was productive. There were one or two things that I wanted to change, but not a huge amount. I didn’t feel that it needed a whole week. The re-rehearsal would have made more sense to me if we had continued with evening performances, because we would have been re-rehearsing during the day and applying the changes to the performance in the evening. I found that it was difficult to re-rehearse and not put those changes into action for a week, especially when you have done so many shows and the action is so ingrained in your memory.
We have now done 54 performance of King Lear and we will be getting our holiday next week. We really need it! We were the first show to start and are the last show to have a holiday so we are all absolutely exhausted. I will be going home to Scotland for the week, where I hope to have a good rest and to celebrate my birthday.
It has been a long time since any of the directing team has seen the show, which means that no one has given us any 'notes'. This makes it very hard to know how the show is going from an outside perspective. I did have a breakthrough a couple of performances ago. I suddenly realised how to talk to the audience. I think that it was partly because I was so tired that I just stopped thinking and that was when it came. However, I wish I knew what it was that worked that night as I have not been able to do it since. I just spoke to them as if they were friends rather than as if I was making some public speech. I am still discovering new things.
The audiences have been brilliant. I feel that it is the kind of audiences you get at the Globe that make it such a special place. They love the shows. My Mum came down to see it. She doesn't go to the theatre all that much. She enjoyed it and said it was wonderful to be able to look around and see all the other people in the audience and see what their reactions were. I think that a lot of the people who come here do not normally go to the theatre, which is wonderful, because they do not have so many preconceptions about the play or performance.
These comments are the actor's thoughts or ideas about the part as s/he goes through the rehearsal process – they are simply his/her own interpretations and change frequently as the rehearsal process progresses.