The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Wednesday, 14 June 1989

Return to 'Rocky Horror'


Filofax Rendering

ROCKY REHEARSAL PM

NOTE: DORRIE ROBBINS WILL BE ABSENT 19th JUNE – SHOW NITE.

 

Later:


‘Monsters In Disguise’ – Hazel O’Connor



 

ROCKY HORROR STAGE MANAGER NOTES.

FULL CAST RUN-THROUGH.

 

SIMON LEWIS LEFT AT 3.30PM FOR AN EXAM – WE HAD BEEN INFORMED IN ADVANCE.  HE RETURNED AT 6PM.

 

APPRAISAL

RUN-THROUGH NOT AT ALL SMOOTH – UNPOLISHED + SHODDY.  TOO MUCH SLACKING + MESSING ABOUT FROM THE CAST, NONE OF WHOM PORTRAYED FULL CHARACTERS.  COMMITMENT TO TECHNIQUE AND PERFORMANCE SEEMS TO HAVE EBBED AWAY TO ALMOST NOTHING – WITHOUT EXCEPTION.  THEY ALL SEEM TO TREAT REHEARSALS AS UNIMPORTANT, WHICH IS BIZARRE. 

 

NIGEL CAMERON CONTINUOUSLY LOOKS ANYWHERE + EVERYWHERE, EXCEPT THE PLACES HE OUGHT TO BE LOOKING.  HE SEEMS TO SPEND MOST OF A RUN WATCHING THE DIRECTOR’S FACE TO SEE IF HE’S PLEASED RATHER THAN ON BEING THE CHARACTER HE’S PLAYING. 

 

THE WORST OFFENDERS FOR CONCENTRATION ARE: Nigel Cameron, Jamie Davenport and Julian Ward.

 

THE MOST FOCUSSED PERFORMERS ARE: Darren Marsh and Jolene Morse.

 

THE CAST HAVE ALSO BEEN SMOKING IN THE COLLEGE THEATRE, WHICH IS INTOLERABLE AS IT IS A ‘NO SMOKING’ AREA.

 

SALLY WATSON: ‘I FIND THE HABIT OF SMOKING DURING REHEARSALS EXTREMELY OFF-PUTTING.  IT CREATES AN UNCOMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT TO WORK IN – ESPECIALLY AS IT’S A NO SMOKING AREA…’

 

I SECOND THAT.

 

THERE WAS NO MEDICAL OFFICER ON DUTY WHEN ONE MEMBER OF THE CAST FAINTED AT 6PM.  SHE WAS REVIVED AND LOOKED AFTER BY MARCO DI-FONZO.  THE COLLEGE NURSE EVENTUALLY ARRIVED 15 MINUTES TOO LATE.

 

Later:

 

As you can see, at the last minute I have stepped in to assist Daniel Abbott as his Stage Manager on ROCKY HORROR (even though The Rocky Horror Show is totally against my sartorial religion).

 





 

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Next time: ‘Secret Ceremony…’

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