by Bobby Brook, Assistant Director.
As our time in the rehearsal room for The Life of Stuff draws to a close, I just thought I’d share with you a couple of the more weird and wonderful moments the last three weeks has brought, to give you a taste of the sorts of things you can expect to see on stage in just under a weeks time!
Firstly an example of some serious commitment to the role from one of our lovely actors Owen Whitelaw. In playing the part of Fraser, Owen has had to undergo a rather serious transformation in hairstyling – and not necessarily in a good way… So last Friday, after a morning’s rehearsal, Owen, director Paul and I popped over the road to the hairdressers. We sat and watched whilst the very charming (and somewhat bemused) hairdresser began to give Owen a haircut that he has to live with for the next five weeks. Without wanting to give too much away, the hairdresser created a completely new style, something that can only be described as ‘butchering’. What was even more amusing for us onlookers, was seeing other customers arriving and looking terrified that they would receive the same treatment…
Thankfully Owen is a total sport and quite happy to put his vanity to one side, which is an absolute blessing as I’m sure most people, myself included, find the idea of having to have their hair purposefully massacred the stuff of nightmares. However, from an actors point of view there is more to it than that; as Owen pointed out, being faced with a reflection so transformed by a haircut that you no longer recognise, is a highly effective way to become immersed in the character that your new image is designed to embody. To see exactly what it ended up looking like you’ll have to come and see the show, of course. I can promise it is absolutely worth the wait!
On Tuesday we finally had the 9th member of the ensemble come into the rehearsal room. We were all delighted to finally meet Delilah, who plays a small but vital role in The Life of Stuff. She’s one and a half years old, and has been adopted by Tim, who looks after her when she’s at the theatre. This will be her professional debut.
The cast and team were thrilled to meet her, particularly Ben Adams, who plays Sneddon, and will be acting opposite her. However its safe to say we were all smitten! Here’s a pic of her with Cameron Jack, who plays Arbogast.
Everyone else was just as keen to get a chance to spend some time with her – notably Rhys, who plays Leonard, seen here with Cameron taking the opportunity very seriously:
I hope you all agree she’s absolutely gorgeous. To see her in the flesh of course, you’ll need to come and see the show. So for this plus the opportunity to feast your eyes on Owen’s radical change of image, you’d better get booking now. We’re all very excited (if a little sad) to be reaching the end of the rehearsal process and cannot wait to be seeing the show truly come to life on the set. Speaking from direct experience, you really don’t want to miss out! Looking forward to seeing you there!