Hamlet Rehearsals - Week 4
What a week.
It's been a tough one this week. The Company have had a lot to think about. Fighting as well as Laban work and text work on top of getting used of the feel of the set under our feet and how we relate to it with our bodies and with our characters inhabiting this space. It can take a while but is coming along.
Everyone is incredibly far ahead with their lines and books are almost completely down for Act I -III but we still have 2 pretty big Acts left!
This week we also started tackling the rather complicated but beautiful Player's first speech. Everyone (spare) is getting involved to have a look at how we can tackle this rather Senecan re-telling of the story of Pyrrhus and Priam from the Aeneid.
The rugged Pyrrhus, he whose sable arms,
Black as his purpose, did the night resemble
When he lay couchèd in the ominous horse,
Hath now this dread and black complexion smeared
With heraldry more dismal. Head to foot
Now is he total gules, horridly tricked
With blood of fathers, mothers, daughters, sons,
Baked and impasted with the parching streets,
That lend a tyrannous and damnèd light
To their lord’s murder. Roasted in wrath and fire,
And thus o'ersizèd with coagulate gore,
With eyes like carbuncles, the hellish Pyrrhus
Old grandsire Priam seeks.
It's all coming together bit by bit as we thrash out our differences of opinion, a usual occurrence when working with Shakespeare, but a great one and one that always germinates great debate in the room. The nuances and minutiae of in the text are almost never ending and Shakespeare's dialogue is deeply ambiguous which allows for multiple and fathomless interpretations or thoughts and ideas on certain lines of texts or even just single words!
At the end of the week......Krispy Kremes!
More next week!