Over the next few weeks, in the build up to the opening of Napoleon Disrobed, we will be sharing Told By An Idiot‘s rehearsal diary. Written by different members of the company that are working on devising this epic production, stay tuned to find out how it’s shaping up ahead of its opening in January!
The first two weeks of rehearsals have passed like a whirlwind. This is perhaps the most exciting and thrilling time in a devised production; the page is blank, and you have a lot of crayons scattered about ready to make its mark on the page, or should I say stage.
As the production is based on a novel, The Death of Napoleon, by Simon Leys, we do have a map of some sort to guide us along the way. But we are not simply doing a show about the book, it is Told by An Idiot after all! Ships become operating tables, and babies watermelons as the show is slowly taking shape.
I’m taking on the role of Assistant Director (dramaturgy). Trying to create a script when the actors improvise at the speed of light is a real test of typing speed and keyboard control. But now, half way through our second week, we are already working through our story for the second time, and every keyboard stroke, and every actor move has become that little bit clearer. Imagining what another 3 weeks after Christmas will do fills me with excitement and anticipation.