This week, young theatre-maker Mia Stubbings sits in on the Oddsocks rehearsal room to understand the ins and outs of the first week of rehearsals. She’ll be writing a blog post every day to give and insight into what goes on.. read Day One!
Oddsocks rehearsals are upon us once more; where did the last six months go? It only feels like yesterday that I was sitting in my hat, scarf and jumpers, sewing weasels into suits for Wind in the Willows.
But now Shakespeare Season is here, and although the rehearsal rooms are as cold as ever, there are lots of new and different challenges ahead. A few particular challenges for me that have already arisen, are:
- Trying to pull open a door with four mugs of tea in my hands (note: I definitely did not try and use my foot…)
- Trying to understand the script- let’s face it, Shakespeare is no picnic, and the part of my brain that can usually process it is a little rust
- Trying to stay warm. Luckily I packed my entire collection of jumpers in my suitcase before I left for Derby. I’m no fool.
As you can see, today has been quite productive. I met the cast, some familiar faces and some new, but all lovely, and then started with a read through of Twelfth Night; I found this particularly interesting, as I have only ever been present at the end of rehearsals, after the lines have been learnt. I loved seeing the script come alive, all thanks to a fabulous new cast. It was great to see the start of this process, and I did, of course, spend most of it laughing. You cannot avoid laughter when working with Oddsocks. I suggest putting the entire population of sad people in a room with Oddsocks and let them work their magic. They should probably put that on the NHS.
After this, a well deserved coffee break. And so begins a weeklong attempt of trying to remember who wants tea and who wants coffee; who wants milk and who wants fruit tea. We’ve stuck preferences up on the wall, lest I turn Coffee Break into a disaster. I must say, my hot drink making skills have vastly improved since working with Oddsocks.
Music Corner was then set up, and we feasted on posh chocolates that Kevin brought. He can stay. Anyone who opts for chocolate rather than fruit is someone I can get along with.
I then sat and watched the beginnings of the music rehearsals, which sounded fantastic and included drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and, of course, the keytar. I never got to see Twelfth Night last Summer, so hearing the songs that will be used in the tour has made me all the more excited to see it on stage. Plus I will be seeing them at Thoresby, and the outdoor performances are always my favourites (nothing to do with the picnics). I love how the voices echo over the grounds, and I think Twelfth Night will be fantastic there.
We then had lunch and bonded round the kitchen table. All was well until we realised that we had locked ourselves out of the rehearsal room. I spent half an hour watching Andy and Peter prize their way in with a selection of knives and membership cards, while Kevin googled useful ‘How To Pick A Lock’ videos. Turns out the old ‘credit card in the crack’ trick works in real life. Who knew?