Week 1 of Tracks of the Winter Bear Rehearsals

16 November 2015 ← return to listing

Week 1 of Tracks of the Winter Bear Rehearsals

The cast and creatives in week 1 of Tracks of the Winter Bear rehearsals.
Credit: Caro Donald.

Caro Donald, Assistant Director on Tracks of the Winter Bear, tells us about the first week of rehearsals.

With storm Abigail howling against the roof of the rehearsal rooms, we have roared through each day, and now a week is already behind us.

Everything kicked off with a full company read-through last Monday. We met in Traverse 1, nourished by some delicious shortbread - take note - and we read through both acts of wild adventures, bears, love, loss, light, constellations, and connections. Tracks of the Winter Bear is a two-step story of two acts, written by Stephen Greenhorn and Rona Munro, and directed by Orla O'Loughlin and Zinnie Harris.

After the read through, the cast and creatives spent the first few days together around the table; the company worked on interrogating the story, taking apart the text and asking questions, lots of great questions. Stephen and Rona were totally intrinsic to this process, and we were still making edits over the weekend. In fact, new drafts have just been printed.

Each act is independent but completely connected to the other. We are rehearsing Acts 1 & 2 in different rooms and, as Assistant Director, I have been going between the two spaces, and working with Orla and Zinnie on both pieces which has been brilliant.  I'm looking forward to the next few days as we get the scenes up on their feet. 

Our composer David Paul Jones came to work with us on the music and aural landscape he is creating.  This left the cast singing love songs, warming the room and everyone's hearts as the wild wind blew outside. Winter is coming and we're making tracks in getting the production ready.

Note: The position of Assistant Director is supported by the Federation of Scottish Theatre with funding from Creative Scotland.


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