Particles: rehearsal notes
I am directing Josh Coates’s show Particles.
this week, I’m posting my rehearsal notes here
only more so/ because im documenting a process youre not going to see/ this is a behind the behind the scenes peek/ so dont expect to know what the shows going to be about/ but maybe expect to be able to guess how it might feel//
this is a list of sources
a deconstruction of how we’re going to attack the show
Tree That Used To Grow In The Primary School I Went To
used to think this tree was protected/ under some law or other/ maybe it was/ but children are more protected/ and maybe it was at risk of dropping branches on them/ either way i walked past recently and it was gone/ it was massive/ i know i was only little/ but this tree really was massive/ always thought itd always be older than i ever could be/ dont know how old it was/ but now maybe ill get older/ trees cant last at the risk of children/ no matter how many memories theyve got//
Right Here Right Now By Fatboy Slim
right here right now was released in april 1999 as a single from the album youve come a long way baby/ i was six and josh was seven/ weve come a long way since then/ weve gone through three right honourable prime ministers/ currently living in the same places we were back then/ hopefully were more capable of shaking things up than we were then/ maybe were less worth saving/ but/ were number one so why try harder//
The Speech From Network (1976)
yes/ that speech/ because i want to refer something more visceral than a guardian article/ because i want you to think im cool/ because i want you to think im right/ and i want what im thinking and what josh is thinking and what we say to you to make you mad/ because its true there are reasons to be mad/ and theres no end to it/ because what i really want this to do in the end is make you/ make you act/ make you mad/ alter you/ add to you/ destroy you/ yes/ im being overambitious/ but/ please/ get up out of your chairs and yell//
for my own sense of fascination/ favourite part of this video is the child saying thats a lot/ because it is a lot/ thats a massive lump of sugar getting stretched out/ in some arcane workshop/ into something new/ ancient/ saleable/ thats damn magic isnt it/ and doesnt it look delicious/ wed go to mablethorpe as kids/ take jars of rock home with us/ smash them in our teeth/ feed on/ into/ a tourist industry/ and whats behind all that/ this remembering/ this fascination/ this lack of knowledge//
Particles will be in rehearsal 02/03/15/ – 04/03/15
and will be performed at Sprint Festival 2015 at Camden People’s Theatre on Friday 6th March.