I’m performing this weekend and it makes me so happy. There are very few times in life when the real essence of me escapes the everyday shell that I wear, but when I am on stage (or in front of a camera) my life-force explodes showering over the unsuspecting audience. What I am saying is that I feel most like me and most truthful when I am pretending to be another person – weird, right?!?
Yesterday was a blissful day for me, exhausting, but blissful, rehearsing two different shows and performing Romeo and Juliet, as well as writing a blog, doing a bit of social media and taking lots of photos. I wanted to share a day in the life of me.
The day started with a bath, a blog post and lots of honey and lemon, which I drink daily to keep my throat and digestive system happy. I took advantage of the beautiful day to do a bit of yoga outside (wrapped up warm) and photographed my instayoga pose (more about instayoga in a future post, it is awesome).
The first rehearsal of the day was for STRIP, a new Verbatim play highlighting the lives of strippers. We were rehearsing in Bristol so I parked up and walked over the swing bridge for a very familiar (for me) and beautiful view over the Bristol harbour.
I met with members of the company, picked up a coffee and got ready for rehearsal:
Yesterday’s rehearsal was focused on the ensemble work, the opening and closing of the show and the transitions between scenes, which is quite hefty for me as I do summary monologues in each transition.
This is a new piece of writing so where appropriate we were editing the script and shaping the piece as we got it on its feet:
We also looked at costumes yesterday, this play is about strippers with all different personalities, so the costumes vary from fake boobs and corsets to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” backpacks:
Dollypop is an all female theatre company so we are able to have a lot of fun and deal with the stories of women at the same time:
Find out more about Dollypop Theatre Company, STRIP and everyone involved at:
I then drove across to Bath for a dress rehearsal and performance of Romeo and Juliet and I got some behind the scenes shots below. We are doing a second “warm up performance in Bath today, and then heading to Dubai in two weeks where we are performing the full show at the Madinat Theatre.