Week 2 of Tracks of the Winter Bear rehearsals
23 November 2015 ← return to listing
Caroline Deyga, who is playing the Bear, works with movement
directors White and Givan in week 2 of Tracks of the Winter
Credit: Caro Donald.
Caro Donald, Assistant Director on Tracks of the Winter
Bear, tells us about the second week of rehearsals.
Week two of Tracks of the Winter Bear rehearsals is complete, and
we are up on our feet. On Monday, we focused on Act 1 by Stephen
Greenhorn, and on Tuesday we explored Act 2 by Rona Munro; walking
through the scenes, playing with the space and exploring how we
visually and actively tell the story.
On Wednesday, we shifted our focus, and had a day filled with
movement and music. We were joined in the morning by movement
directors White & Givan, and they worked with Caroline Deyga
who is playing the bear. They explored movements of bears and
polarish physicality, and it was arresting to see Caroline's moves
evolve as the company experimented and played with dynamics.
Composer David Paul Jones joined us on Wednesday afternoon with the
music and soundscapes for the first scene of Act 2. The power of
sound astounds me sometimes, it is so connected to our emotions
and, even in a bare rehearsal room, with the actors in their own
clothes, I was transported, and could almost feel the snow
Thursday brought us back to the practicalities of production as we
met with the full creative and technical team. Issues with timber,
snow, ramps, rakes, and even shoes were raised, and solved. Kai
Fischer's set design is still under locks, but it is incredible. He
has created a beautiful and challenging landscape to play in. His
design is unlike anything I have ever seen staged at the Traverse
before, and I can't wait to see how audiences respond.
By Friday and Saturday, we were ready to run a stagger through of
Act 1 and Act 2. Stephen and Rona joined us for the run throughs,
and on Saturday we had a small supportive audience from the theatre
in the room as well. Moving into week three we are in a good place,
but still have a little way to go before the bear arrives at the
Traverse. As Avril in Act 1 says, "One foot in front of the
Note: The position of Assistant Director is supported by the
Federation of Scottish Theatre with funding from Creative