Bleak House rehearsals from the inside

Bleak House rehearsals from the inside

Blog by Derek Elwood, Lord High Justice in Bleak House.

After our Saturday morning warm up exercises, and before rehearsal began, Gavin, our lovely and remarkably thorough Assistant Director remarked, “(to be said in a Welsh accent) I liked watching Derek. During that last exercise he looked absolutely exhausted, as if he’d completely given up. It was really funny to watch!” A couple of hours later I had a chance to reflect upon these words as, mid rehearsals, I sat amongst the debris of the set, drenched in sweat, covered in masticated biscuit crumbs, copious amounts of mud and having done certain bodily movements which had tested my 52 year old’s core strength to it’s limits. And I thought “looks can be so deceiving”. Like a turning chair that becomes a speeding carriage that becomes the rolling fog that becomes the on coming emotional storm. There are many layers in both David Glass’ rehearsal process and Charles Dickens’ story telling. There is so much to explore. No wonder I look knackered. The morning warm ups are somewhat energetic, rehearsals can be tiring but giving up, not yet, no. I’m having the time of my life. Bring on week two!

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