Started with National Theatre ‘Shake it’ warm up to energize group.
Ran through chair duet work using text to the point where the four move to the corner.
The corners are patients heading to psychosis. We had the idea of writing the numbers in a circle on the floor – Adam mentioned a link to technique used in psychiatry – need to investigate.
Lighting dim – use of torch for Shantel. Clock ticking sound fx.
Bodies move like insects around the patient. Scratching chair with nails.
Experimented with building the insect noise to crescendo during movement sequence. Adam’s monologue needs work in terms of breathing. Molly suggested Adam focus on vocal expression and sound rather than words.
We discussed the loss of power at the end of the scene and what we could do to keep the intensity. Molly also suggested creating the creature/beetle behind Adam. He can see it but Shantel as the medic, can’t.
Katelin at the head, Trafford – Molly- Craig behind. On the line ‘they knew my name’ the beetle whispers a repetitive underscore of brother, uncle, father. mother, sister, patient, sibling etc.
Hospital Waiting Room Scene.
Chairs set up on side of stage. Two chairs are passed diagonally , then across to form a rectangle of chairs facing outwards. Two pairs of chairs at the rear on either side.
Trafford enters with cut arm ( centre of leading) Molly enters with legs, Craig and Katelin enter as pregnant couple. Shantel as medic enters. Trafford reacts every time but is passed up in favour of other patients. Shantel needs to find a way of transitioning between each patient. Group discussed idea of a numbered patient system – using numbers from the psychosis list. Use of a ‘bing-bong’ then ‘number’ 12, 38, 44, 58, 69, 72, 84, 91, 100 Trafford stands and nurse just stares at him.
Chairs are removed.