We’ve now sketched all the way through Act 2, and are into Act 3. Remarkable progress for just over a week of rehearsals. Over our very, very wet weekend in Sydney (and yes we were rehearsing in the driving rain on Saturday) our nymphs came into our process. We have three nymphs who are essentially extensions of Armida’s psyche. Our three nymphs - Tabitha Woo, Mariya Tchachenko and Rebecca Casey - were wonderful in the rehearsal room fitting in very quickly and easily. We saw the start of Christie Milton’s costumes in the beautiful headdresses the nymphs were rehearsing in, and they looked very eerie.
Our new week began today with a visit to the Belvoir workshop where our set is being built by the amazing Simon Boyd. The set is large! And it was great for everyone to see exactly what they will be working with before they get into the theatre. We have a scaled down version of the set built in the rehearsal room, but we’re not able to get the height or scope of it; so it was important for everyone to see it all and begin to understand what it will be.
You’re in for a treat in the theatre! And all we’re wondering now is how Simon and Andrew (our production manager) will be getting it into the theatre! Here’s the behind the scenes team looking at it, without giving too much away! Thanks to Leif Aruhn-Solén for the pic!