The Echo Chamber: The tech’: day one.

Technical rehearsals have a bad reputation: tiresome, long, interrupted, full of tension and bad tempers. Or so the theatre myth goes. I personally love this time of preparation and problem-fixing, of seeing ideas become flesh, but also, paradoxically, light and shadow…

Here are some photographs I took today, with a few soundbites from the company:

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Eleonora in backstage last minute preparations.

‘It’s a necessary step during creation: Giving colour to a black and white drawing.”  Eleonora Marzani, The Llanarth Group international intern.

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Ace’s notes on solving a lighting problem (rejected: he found another, better solution).

“The tech’ is where you convert the text and design and rehearsal into theatre.”     Ace McCarron, design/lighting for The Echo Chamber.

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Phillip going over his lines in the dressing room

“It’s the moment where you begin to make the show and you’re painting in the outlines of the actors and their work with sound and light. It’s the bit I most enjoy.”    Peader Kirk, director.

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Ian on stage.

The Echo Chamber premieres:

CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE (Cardiff) 27-28 January, 2-3-4 February, 2012, 8p.m. [Market Road, Cardiff CF5 1QE: 02920 304400 http://www.chapter.org

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