Friday, May 08, 2009

Whip-Crack-Away

I survived last night's rehearsal...just.

My first appearance in the play is a two minute solo piece (nothing like the deep end eh), which I now know well, including the actions.

Last night I was all ready to go. I walked on with my basket and wellington boots, placed the basket in the right place, sat down, started with relish...and the scene man whipped the rope out from under the basket and nearly took my leg off. Between that and an overzealous prompter, it took me half the speech to get my rhythm again.

I've also been shoehorned into the dance sequence as they needed a partner for one of the 'laundry girls'. Here's hoping that I can remember how to waltz.

7 comments:

The Journalizer said...

Martin,
Of all the art forms, I believe theater has the power to move and convey meaning with the most powerful effect because it is a shared experience by the audience.

I think as an actor you're an inspiration to many. So remember the inspiration and don't worry about anything else.

After all, the proper expression of Break a leg is with roses not rope!!!

*applause* "encore, encore!!"

Martin Willoughby said...

I never knew that about 'break a leg'. The wikipedia article, and several phrase books, don't mention Roses either.

Where do the Roses part come from?

The Journalizer said...

I am no expert on this, but I think the term comes from Shakespearean theater times when, after the play was over, actors would have to bend down to collect the roses the audience threw on stage.

Therefore, when someone tells you to "break a leg" it means they hope you will receive lots of roses at the end of the play.

Keep a positive mind and think of the scene man's rope as a prophecy for all the figurative "roses" you will receive from an admiring audience!

Martin Willoughby said...

Aaah, that makes sense. Other sources say it was to pick up money thrown onto the stage.

I hope that I get some laughs as I talk...for the jokes and actions obviously: although funny 'mistakes' can be a lot better than reality.

The Journalizer said...

"Hope" for the best and you shall receive.

I'm a huge advocate of positive thinking ... err, but I don't believe "thinking" is always the best with art. Perhaps it's better to advocate "positive hoping."

In the immortal words of Hemingway about F. Scott Fitzgerald's natural talent, "... and he learned to think and could not fly any more because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless."

Don't think. Just do.
... and focus on the roses.

KLo said...

You're such a good sport : )

It sounds like an auspicious beginning ... and one that will give you much fodder, for blogging and for writing.

Enjoy : )

The Journalizer said...

Martin you're right,

At the time of Shakespeare, actors would "take a knee, effectively breaking their leg line" for change -- not roses.
but then...
"Theatre evolved and the tradition of tipping changed to one of throwing flowers on stage, as well as presenting flowers."

According to Wikipedia.