Particles: rehearsal notes
I am directing Josh Coates’s show Particles.
which is on at Sprint Festival 2015 at Camden People’s Theatre on Friday 6th March.
last week, Josh posted his programme notes on his tumblr
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.