Staging a read-through


The lighting plan that I have for the read-through of Elegy is stark. A small set, with a single lamp upstage of the players. I had the idea of the players, who were always going to be stationary in scene to be rim-lit. This notion had to be slightly modified raising the lamp, so that anyone viewing wouldn’t be completely distracted – so the lamp is now high up, but still behind. This places the clinician in fuller light – though it has to be said that the digital camera attempts to compensate for harsh lighting – but I’m not overly concerned as it might add to the narrative. It is what rehearsal is all about.


The idea was to place the players in a harsh decision environment, the consequences of their decisions to be made abundantly clear, however there are manifold technical issues to be resolved. The limited set of tones reflecting the restricted choices available. I have rehearsed the group three times and I will have another opportunity again before the final ‘performance’.


The play raises many issues and questions, not least the very plain issues of grief and loss. There are many others to do with control, perhaps state control and I found many echoes of the recent Eu referendum coming into focus, but I will continue to delve into the issues surrounding memory – which is, after all, at the heart of this play.

I found a couple of additional research lines associated with the readings: the amydaglae are a pair of almond shaped groups of nuclei that are vital in the processing of memory, are quite gender specific – perhaps denoting the use of same gender players in the script and “perform a primary role in decision-making and emotional reactions” Wiki. The Hippocampus, which is primarily affected in cases of Alzheimer patients. All grist to the mill and which I may be able to use as I start to build some background intelligence when seeking some collaborative effort for assignment three, and beyond.

I intend to video the final read-through/performance in a couple of days but will set the cameras to oblique angles rather than directly behind the players and then study the results. I am slightly concerned that I am researching too much – I have more research material to read and digest and currently no fixed plan of how to begin the visual representation of my thoughts, or to put it more bluntly – what or how I feel urged to represent…



2 thoughts on “Staging a read-through

  1. I’m probably going off the point but I recently went for a follow up on a CT scan and the Consultant carefully explained everything to me whilst the scan was on-screen. It was a wonderfully abstract ‘negative’. Wondering how/whether it might be possible to obtain similar scans of amydaglae.

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