We’re back in Sydney now after a great three weeks in Melbourne. We even got to head out to Port Campbell and visit the famous Twelve Apostles on the Victorian coast line which was an absolutely magnificent sight…although as you can see from the video above of Thunder Cave…it was FREEZING!!!
Lucky I brought my ridiculously warm overcoat – even if it does make me look a little Mafiosa (Felix and Ed did mention on more than a few occasions that between my coat and my black leather gloves that they were a little worried that I could have underworld connections!! – I think I might keep them guessing on that one…it should keep them in line for the rest of the year!!)
Thank goodness we’re back to the nice Sydney sunshine…and looking forward to soaking up a bit more when we make it to Queensland in a few weeks!!
So the set has moved out of the rehearsal room and is being re-built in the Playhouse Theatre at the Opera House. By tomorrow afternoon all the props will have cleared out too! Next go the actors and then Tech Week will be in full swing.
Tech week can be really tiring ‘cos there’s lots of standing around waiting for lights to be plotted and sound cues to be set. I always make sure I’ve got a huge bottle of water with me – and sometimes a book! But teching R&J is going to be a bit different because it’s the first chance we’ll have to experience the sand we’ll be playing in for the next 4 weeks! T-Bone, who did R&J last year, tells us we’re going to end up with sand everywhere, and will probably end up taking a whole tonne of it with us home by the time the season is done! Our director Damien Ryan encouraged us to go for a beach run to get our legs used to it…I’m starting to think this is going to be a pretty tiring show!
We did a run of the show for Bell Shakespeare staff last Friday and it was so great to finally be giving this beautiful story to an audience – made me so excited to get get over to the Opera House! Really looking forward to seeing you all there…