What's Milk About?
04 July 2016 ← return to listing
In her second blog entry, Assistant Director Amy
Gilmartin talks about the first week of Milk rehearsals,
exploring the play's characters, and working as a resident DJ,
line-runner and in-house Googler.
What's the play about?
A question I keep being asked.
A question I've been asking
Every night this week I've gone home
with my head buzzing. Full of thoughts and big questions,
lines stuck in my head, themes swirling around, stubbornly, unable
to be shaken - like having something stuck in your teeth.
However, this week hasn't just been about table work, talking
and questions; there's been a lot of playing, a lot of trying, a
lot of instincts, lots of laughter, lots of references found and
lots of music played.
We're beginning to get to know the
characters, beginning to understand them and beginning to love
them. The actors have been trying things out; finding out who these
characters are, yet everything is still up for grabs.
My job so far has involved
observing, understanding and supporting the language that is being
created to talk about the work, as well as being resident DJ,
line-runner and in-house Googler! I've also been learning; learning
about the process of making this play. We haven't decided on the
rules yet. How the story is going to be told and when we're
going to break those rules. It could be anything. And
It's a play that changes in response
to what's happening in the world around it. It feels
different depending on what's happening outside the rehearsal room
- those events change the community to which the characters
I've always been a believer that
theatre can't exist in a vacuum. Whenever I see a production
or am part of creating something I am constantly questioning why
this, why now and why here. Yes, it needs to be a good story,
but it also needs to say something about now.
I don't really need to ask such a
question with this play. If anything there's so many
possibilities of what it could be, what it could mean (And it help
that it is a great story too).
Fundamentally, this play is about
love. Loving and nourishing, being loved and being
It's the end of week one, the
journey so far has been thrilling and I'm hungry for more.
Milk by Ross Dunsmore, directed by
Orla O'Loughlin, premieres at the Traverse Festival 2016.
Amy is Recipient of the Leverhulme Arts Scholar and
Recipient of the JMK Regional Assistant Director