‘The Time Warp’ – Damian
Today, we did two performances of our panto, Strawberry Girl. They weren’t bad.
I’m enjoying playing Berwin again.
Initially, the character was just going to be a carbon copy of last year’s Berwin from THE DAY PANTOMIME ENDED, but toned down a little. This time he would be less deliberately evil and more … misguided. I feel that this year he desperately desires to please his Queen and look good in front of her. As crass as it may seem, I do ‘feel’ him when I play him, although today’s shows were pretty much heavily-disguised rehearsals! The idea now is that he should come across as an inept, bungling, but egotistical fool.
He is close to the Queen. I think she’s the only person in the whole show he has any real relationship with. He likes crawling to her, and he shares a form of ‘egomania’ also present in the King. He’s quite ‘bitchy’ though and likes to be favoured. I think perhaps, deep down, he even has designs on the crown, but he’s too thick to realise it. I also think he’s developing a crush on the Magical Fairy, in spite of himself. She bewitches and beguiles him. It’s probably not a logical character arc though…
I think the most successful moment of the shows today was realising that we could actually do it and get it right.
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Next time: ‘Red Mount and Amy…’