a personal rehearsal diary
by Scott Graham
from the making of pool (no water) by Mark Ravenhill
I had to miss the warm-up again but when I arrived the performers were doing their handstand exercises (a core strength exercise where you maintain a handstand against the wall, aiming for a minute and then increasing each time). They seem to have bought into the need for setting new standards each day and charting personal progress.
The rest of the morning the cast are set a task where they must create a physical contact duet. They are told to start from an extremely simple place, namely, considering the words ‘round,’ ‘by’ and ‘through’, and then finding their way round, by and through their partner. Again the exercise throws up how far we have to go but still shows pleasing progress by the end.
The afternoon is taken up by text work again. This is crucial but Steven and I are becoming increasingly aware that we have not got anything up on its feet yet. This is fine, we are sure, but still ... it would be nice to have something to show by the end of the week.