As we revisited the first scenes today, we spent some time looking at the intricacies of the blocking that made those early scenes so visually effective. We looked at re-establishing the patterns and shapes created by the journeys our characters undergo during their first moments in their new, empty shops as they encounter dusty counters, stock-less shelves and dirty floors.

The empty shop

The empty shop

To aid this process, props that are yet to be made, found, salvaged and bought were substituted with anything we could lay our hands on in order to get to grips with who is doing what, and when.  A portable stereo takes the place of a suitcase, a tray of gaffer tape and paintbrushes plays the part of a basket of groceries, juggling balls are tin cans.

The characters from different times and places stock their shops simultaneously, and today, the performers really focussed on re-rehearsing the patterns created by those movements so that they become second nature again. It’s like a dance, a choreography, a verse of movement. Those physical patterns compliment the smooth rhythmical patterns of the script, which will reflect the regularity of the shopkeepers long day.

Rochi Rampal


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