Monday, 2 February 2015

Rehearsals Week Three - Benjamin Symes

Here are a few words from Benjamin Symes, Artistic Director of cube, producer of and actor in After the Accident:

As artistic director, I am pleased that with this play we have returned to the core values of cube - essential theatre. This simply means that the words of the play are primary; it's the strength of the text that counts, intended to be delivered through technically strong acting and clear incisive direction. The design matters too but its texture is wholly meant to serve the play, and its simplicity frames the intensity of the play's content.

As producer on this show it's been fantastic and hugely beneficial for the company to work with a director new to us, the experienced Emma Williams. Her style has stretched us and taught us new approaches both as actors and as a production company. It's also been great to work with our exciting new actor, Danny Mellor who we found after casting the net wide. But it's also wonderful to have some familiar collaborators in the team, the highly skilled actor Rebecca Hulbert whose been in the last two cube Minack shows (as Lady Macbeth and Amanda in Private Lives), Anna Finch an extremely talented designer and our perceptive young film-maker Jake Swindall. We've also been lucky enough to have Paul Joines back with us as Lighting Designer as we did for Freddy Dare / Aubade. And rehearsing at The Tolmen Centre has really allowed us to feel at home, and given a chance to relax between 'takes'. 

As an actor, I've found the play a huge challenge. Not withstanding its content, the fact of having the three of us onstage throughout, with a stark and simple set, attempting to convey truth of character through heightened language is very exposing. I feel like we are walking a tightrope each time we run the piece. I hope we can get it right, that we can share the meaning and the emotion of the piece with our audiences.

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