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Friday, 6 November 2009

A scary secret revealed....

As my regular readers will be aware I am a member of the Lace Market Theatre, an amateur theatre in Nottingham. I act there ( Abigail's Party a few weeks ago) and have recently been complimented on my photography of the studio production of Kindertransport. The producer of the next main production, the very disturbing drama Festen, kindly asked me to take the photos for the production which is on next week. So last Sunday I went down to the theatre to check out the lighting situation in readiness for my opportunity to take photos at their dress rehearsals on Wednesday past and this Sunday. Got that? Good.

Plays at the theatre usually require three months rehearsal and people put in a tremendous amount of unpaid effort and their own spare time to create a very high standard of theatrical experience for the paying audiences. Imagine my suprise when Roger, the director asked me to step into a small role of 'Kim the chef' due to the previous actor being very unreliable. The previous actor got sacked and I stepped into his size nines and chef's whites. Within a period of just seven days I have had to learn four pages of tense dialogue and quite a bit of action on stage as well as understand the storyline of a family celebration and sibling allegations of former child abuse by the father of the family. The large cast have been very welcoming and I'm looking forward to performing again in a role so different from Lawrence in Abigail's Party.

Phil as Kim the chef - mean, moody and Danish.

I haven't mentioned this to some of my friends because I felt that I had enough to cope with learning the part properly in such a short period as well as have the added stress of them saying that they might come and see it.

As Kim the chef I also have to help move massive tables on stage with  fellow actors to create the family table scenes of the 60th birthday celebration (Festen is Danish for celebration) as well as deal with man-handling a dozen hot bowls of soup up a dark flight of stairs to a backstage trolley. Later I help set the same table with a full continental breakfast in the last scene. And then there's the very important lines to be confident with and deliver them in a subtle/drunken way. Pressure? Stress? Hmmm! Schnapps anyone?


Dean said...
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Dean said...

Food and Acting ? This should be right up your street then :)
I have every confidence in your ability to pull this off and i hope you enjoy stretching yourself with the stress of this.
Try to relax and enjoy it !

Edited as the first post had the security tag and other problems on it for some reason..

Marian Barker said...

Thinking of you .... no surprise visit this time!

Break a leg - and enjoy


Phil Lowe said...

Thanks Dean. I'm looking forward to it now. We had a technical rehearsal last night and the moving of the giant tables and the set up for the first course is gonna go like clock work. And I know me lines at last.

Cheers Marian, I would be shocked if you did come that way for this one! Bless you.

Ken Devine said...

Very appropriate role but I agree with the 'scary' bit. That's a heck of a lot to learn in a short period of time.

If you pull it off-and I'm sure you will-you'll deserve special recognition.
Good luck with it!

Phil Lowe said...

Thanks Ken, I have learnt it and will pull it off. If my efforts enhance the quality of the production and my fellows appreciate my efforts I will be happy. Cheers for the good luck wish. Phil xxx

feasting-on-pixels (terrie) said...

You look like you belong on our "Iron Chef" program here.
What a very handsome image...I think that I would dine at your

Break a leg on your! ! !

(Looking forward to more images.)