Well, since my last blog post, 5 days before we started, I mentioned that things might start to get a little crazy with the project. They did but mainly due to outside circumstances such as moving house. I now sleep in a brilliant bed which means I hardly sleep talk or sleep walk. Turns out this show might have a happy ending.
The first week of rehearsals was right at the beginning of January at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester. Such a brilliant arts centre with a great atmosphere of possibility and inclusiveness.
David Parkin, our Dramaturg, story advisor, gave us a good grilling all week on what the shape of the show is. Getting things on their feet. We worked out a structure and then went away at the end of the week feeling like we had subjects to write songs about.
Things of note that happened that week are:
Then, the week after in mid January, Lilly and I went to the Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge and that was completely brilliant. With the help of Dr Ian Smith, Consultant Physician and Deputy Medical Director, we interviewed some patients who have sleep problems such as sleep walking, sleep talking and night terrors. Everyone we met was a privilege to talk with because you could see in their eyes what they were going through. The recordings of our interviews might even make it in the show. I feel like Lilly and I have made a good friend in Doctor Ian Smith. After only one day we travelled home richer for the experience.
The next week of rehearsal was early February and it was just Lilly and I this time, working at the glorious Winter Gardens, Margate. We had to get down to song writing and also, we brought into the room a Queen size inflatable bed. This was so we could play around with it and figure out if we wanted to use it in the show. After 5 minutes, we decided we did. Great.
Lilly and I set ourselves 1 hour long deadlines to create something, however small, and then present it to each other.
This mostly proved effective.
Sometimes, blind alleys have to be gone down to know there is nothing down there. - Jeremy Beadle
The week at Winter Gardens was really useful and Lilly had beautiful rooms to rehearse in. We know each other a lot better now also as makers.
Next week, we continue...
I hope you enjoy the photos