The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Monday, 23 January 1989

Hair Love


‘Break On Through’ – The Doors



 

CHINESE PLAY NOTES

 

Scene Two

Rehearsed in full once, minus LOLA.  DAVE needs to underplay more.  JONNY needs more vocal clarity.

 

Scene Four

Rehearsed in full, once.  Very good.

 

Scene Five

Rehearsed in full, once.  Jonny good.  Struggling with accents, though.

 

Scene Eleven

Dead good, but haven’t used ‘Three Youths’ yet.

 

Later:

LATE

 

‘All She Wants Is’ – Duran Duran



 

Dear diary…

 

MY HAIR IS GREAT!  THEY ALL LOVE IT.  THE GIRLS ARE ALL OVER ME, BEING NICE AND LOVING IT, TOUCHING IT!  IT’S LOVELY!

 

 
 
 
 
JUSTINE SPOKE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AGES TODAY.  ‘THAT’S NICE,’ SAID SHE.   OF MY NEW HAIR.  IN FACT, MOST SEEM TO BE TAKEN ABACK BY IT.

 

PLAYED AT BEING BROS WITH JONNY THIS AFTERNOON.  OOOAARGH!

 

THE CHINESE PLAY, BEDROOM SCENE.  JONNY BADCOCK.  ACE.

 

‘MARKETING’ HURTS MY BRAIN.

 

CHARLEY, DON’T WORRY – I STILL LOVE YOU.  BUT I DO LIKE A GIRL ON MY BUS.  AND CLARISSA IS NICE.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I LOVE LIFE.

 

I’M OPTIMISTICALLY EXCITED, BUT TIRED.

 

AND I’M BEING NOTICED.

 

I LOVE THE PRISONER.




Farewell, Diary Darling x

 

PS. Must watch: BONNIE+ CLYDE, DARK ANGEL, THEATRE OF BLOOD, CAMPION, DOCTOR WHO: THE CRUSADE, and DOCTOR WHO: THE SEA DEVILS.

 

OOOMVF!

 

All my love,

Ritch x

 

Later:

 

‘Madame Butterfly’ – Malcolm McLaren



 

Jonny’s portrayal of ‘Flash’ is excellent.  He is a very good performer and just needs the right kind of direction.

 

DIRECTION

When I’m directing, I like to be on my feet.  If the actors are bringing nothing to the movement and blocking of the piece, then I like to join them on stage and show them what I have in mind.  I do this as EXACTLY as possible – and over the top, emphasising the most important bits, and explaining what the thinking behind it all is.  The actors then follow my lead, usually with a more inhibited and less ‘full’ performance (which is why I go over the top in the first place) and we work at layering this, adding their ideas and new ideas we discover as part of the process.  Thus, a fascinating compromise is born.  It’s not enough to say ‘do what you want’ or ‘just do this’ (unless, in respect of the latter, it is VITAL to the piece).  You have to trust each other and respect each other.

 

My mistake though in CHINESE PLAY rehearsals is that I have trusted the abilities of the actors far too much.  I have over-estimated them.  I have been too relaxed.  I had not realised that it would be up to me to instil the discipline and order on this project; I had assumed they would turn up knowing that that was a given requirement.  I was wrong to make that assumption and to allow them such a ‘chummy’ relationship with me.  I have learnt that lesson now. 

 





 

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