REHEARSAL REPORT: NOTES FROM OUR POST-READING EXERCISE
Complete this sentence “This play is…”
Rob – Hopeless.
Paula – Scary.
Meera – Very deep.
Gavin – Very confusing. Having a hard time understanding the play. It’s very vague and the relationships seem almost incestuous. Doesn’t under stand why Tintagiles is being swept away. …
Hanna – Spiritual and symbolic. Lets you connect with life and death and it’s inevitability. About how to fight before the power takes over. Tintagiles is the final dream of the family. Ygraine is for life and fears death. Ultimately, the mystery of the family isn’t important. When the play is slowed down, it’s like a meditation and a maze of energies. Tintagiles is the last bit of life.
Misha – Extremely right. The play is a fact we don’t want to accept. Death is inevitable. The playwright was very philosophical. Plays with the concept of the “unwritten rule”.
Mary – Putting her in the position of being out of control and following orders.
David – About attachment. Realized once he was attached to his car, he realized that if he lost it, he would be in pain. It’s about losing what’s important.
Rob – Wondering how much self awareness is in his character. “Act as though there’s hope left.” Pretending VS the actual ability to hope.
Paula – Painful. The characters revel in pain and enjoy it. It’s how they live and there’s a certain sensuality involved.
Meera – Symbolizes life. Winning VS losing and the different personalities. Ygraine is a control freak and refuses to accept defeat. Death is finite. The play is a global picture of life.
Gavin – Fascinating. There is a reason for the story being told. Death is at the end of life. The play is not about life and death so much as it is about losing what’s important. When Tintagiles was first sent away, that was a death of sorts. It’s about the death of innocence. The Queen is all powerful and could have killed him on his way there. Why are they fighting? Nobody else is there. Loss is natural. If you were tortured for 50 years, you would look forward to death.
Hanna – A dream and a nightmare. The family sent the boy away to save them. They are happy to have him when he returns but are afraid. Ygraine is powerless, like a child. She isn’t a control freak, she’s trying to save her family.
David – Symbolistic. One of the first symbolic plays. Nothing is set and everything is open to interpretation.
- Symbolist theater is about the merger of emotions and energy, nothing is mathematic. It’s not show-off theater, it’s more grounded. A culmination of all aspects of Art.