The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Wednesday, 31 January 1990

Selling the Plot


‘Wuthering Heights’ – Kate Bush

This morning, the company completed their ‘run’ of the play, after which they had to play a game of ‘selling’ the plot to each other as both audience and performers.  It was all a bit strange and I’m not entirely sure it was a particularly effective exercise, but it was fun to watch.

During the afternoon, Jude held a group discussion after explaining that she was keen that the individual actors prioritise plot over character, the aim being to make sure the actors new how to convey the storyline to the audience before focussing on character ticks and foibles.  She was adamant that no matter how glibly O’Keeffe had written some of it, it was vital that the audience understand exactly what is going on without having to think about it too much. 

We then hot-seated characters to tell us their role in the story (all of which was highly amusing).  We asked each character lots of appropriate (and inappropriate!) questions all in the hope of helping them better understand the story they were involved in.

In the evening, I attended a Board Meeting (along with fellow crew and company members).  It was, in fact, a wine and buffet sort of thing and I chatted at length with several of the actors.

I’m getting on very well with Tom and Ian, but especially well with Reece, who had very few kind things to say about the civic mentality.  He’s very charming and very interesting.  I really like him.

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