Week 1 of Tracks of the Winter Bear Rehearsals
16 November 2015 ← return to listing
The cast and creatives in week 1 of Tracks of the Winter
Credit: Caro Donald.
Caro Donald, Assistant Director on Tracks of the
Winter Bear, tells us about the first week of
With storm Abigail howling against the roof of the rehearsal
rooms, we have roared through each day, and now a week is already
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