The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Tuesday, 29 November 1988

Macbeth: Back In Rehearsal


Barnes Bysea Theatre all day.  ‘Macbeth’ run-through. 

Coach leaves 9.00am from College. 

Draft Script Entry for NSDF.


‘No Clause 28’ – Boy George



This was the day in which we reassembled to work a full day at Barnes Bysea Theatre on MACBETH. 


The set, it has been decided, will be a version of the set we used in the Indoor College production, minus the scaffolding tower, which the Theatre cannot physically accommodate.  In its place, a camouflage net, covered in foliage, will be draped over the stage apron + adjoining wall.  Use of curtains has been arranged with Stage Management and will again be used for the ‘England’ scenes.  The set was no real worry and will be erected by Carl Morris and Barnes Bysea Theatre Stage Management.  The only major difference is that the Theatre stage is raked, so the sets will have to be more securely fixed than they were at College, but again this is no problem.


At lunch, I went into the town + on the beach with Josh Wilde (and Kat Hill) and took photographs of him as the 7th Doctor Who.


Unfortunately, when we were five minutes late back, I had a bit of a row with Larry over dinner times (6 hours with one twenty minute break for lunch and toilets?!).  My argument was that the short time allotted was insufficient, and all those present agreed.  Even so, I now realise that rules should be adhered to.


Today’s ‘work-in’ was lengthy and tiring, but it left me feeling as if I’ve never actually been away from MACBETH.  I am also eagerly anticipating the performance.  Over all, the rehearsal was invaluable to the production and I have benefited from a few different moves and a new vitality.  Unfortunately, not everyone from the play was there, which, when you are acting to no one is quite disconcerting.  Still, it went well and I was pleased with the development of my own work, apart from my scene with Lady Macbeth (Donna Davidson), which felt somehow awkward. 



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Next time: ‘Winning the 1988 Drama Prize…’

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