After spending the previous sessions before the R&D on text and scripts I was beginning to feel the need to do something physical. Physical comedy and physicality is an interest of mine, so when Ellie offered any suggestions for the day I offered: “lets do something physical”. I told the group that I found out the result of Brexit at Glastonbury in 2016, and so wanted to create something that encompassed that feeling being “so far away” from the everyday; with the emotional suffocation of finding out we were withdrawing from a union or having a break up. The day of the result changed my entire Glastonbury experience and the festival felt very heavy and intense.
We began the day with games and moved onto dancing.
Ellie led some really useful exercises to connect eyes and body, body to music and music to moves, and to devise movement. This then transitioned into working in pairs. Following your partner, copying them, hiding a dance move from them. After we had more complicité with our partners, we then chose 5 dance moves to show the group, then combined them to make a full dance as an ensemble.
With these dance moves and connecting through eyes and body I offered an outside eye (pending back injury). I was directing movements: big/small, slow/fast, clearing the space/“like you’re on the tube” etc.
After a short period of time I asked Ella to introduce some text from a monologue Ellie had written about her friend. This monologue was about how someone on the tube called her mixed race friend a “cockroach”.
Whilst directing Ella; stop/text/stop/text/scream/dance/clear the space, and the ensemble working with Ella, they were keeping the text alive with unpredictability and creating a resonating contrast between Glastonbury and this quite deadly text of the cockroach. This, for the rest of the R&D, was called Cockroach Rave.
I really enjoyed being the outside eye. I’m fascinated with opposites and contrast, because I think this has reverberation affect on the audience. This also stops the actor from underlining the text and finding more freedom in the messy than the ubiquitous.
Monday - Leila