End of The Wedge week 3, Naomi writes…

It’s Friday night. Time for a swift blog before I head home. On me tod. It’s been a full on day today. We ran the play this morning, following a big notes session after yesterday’s run. Then it was notes over lunch and a slow stagger through in the afternoon looking at specific bits. Can we try this action instead. Let’s remind ourselves of the objectives in that scene. What if we try building up to that moment in a different way. What happens if you carry that tone through to the next section. Or if you bury it and try a new tactic now. I realised half way through the afternoon that I have not worked in quite this much detail on a script since drama school. There are so many possibilities emerging it’s mad having written it to see how it can then morph and change. It may sound blazingly obvious but I guess because I’m doing both things here and one of them (writing) is for the first time, I had certain expectations of what certain scenes would ‘feel’ like to play but they’re now throwing up completely different possibilities. It’s like spending the day at the acting gym, let alone the writing gym I attended 18 months ago when this whole shebang kicked off. Now it’s really starting to feel like The Wedge exists as a text written by someone else and I am picking it up more just with my actor’s head on, throwing away my preconceptions of what I thought it would be like when I wrote it. We are finding so many new areas to explore that I hadn’t even envisaged. The last two weeks included lots of editing and rewriting but this continues even now – I have just written a new bit that we tried for the first time today and that’s now doing a better job than what was there before. It’s an ongoing process and I know it will change more when the audience get here next week. And beyond. Chris is provoking, questioning and assessing constantly and we are lucky to have the time and freedom to try it all out. The challenge will be holding on to our preferred versions and the detail and specificity we’ve worked on especially for example in the physical ‘score’, what the character is seeing and where and when for example how the other characters inhabit the space. What is the ‘shape’ of the play overall and how do the dynamics of it operate. If the script was a musical score how would it look and how are we going to try and achieve this in performance made with digital pianos you can see at this yamaha ypg-235 review. But we do still want room for spontaneity and freshness to give the audience something really palpable. We want to keep it all alive and keep mining it for possibilities. It feels like we’ve come so far from that very first writing gym when I had no idea I would end up in an old fish and chip shop on a Friday night writing this blog preceding the opening of ‘The Wedge’! It’s a bit of a learning curve to say the least and I am being challenged on a daily basis. Which is hopefully a good thing! There are still so many places to go. Things to consider, conundrums to ponder. Costumes to decide on. And lines to learn …. yes I’d better crack on with that now. 4 days to go…