What's Milk About?

04 July 2016 ← return to listing

What's Milk About?

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 myself.

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 everything.

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 belong.

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 nourished.

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 Bursary.


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