The Deep Blue Sea is the production currently in rehearsal by the Infinity Stage Company. This diary covers their rehearsal process from the first week of rehearsals to the final night. When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. The following 24 hours follows Hester as she decides whether or not she can continue to live. The production runs at the University of Birmingham’s Guild of Students on the 6th, 7th and 8th of May, with ticket info available shortly. This weeks entry is completed by Alex Wilcox, who plays Mr Miller.
The Deep Blue Sea has just started off and I’m already excited. While our read through was mostly just good fun with lots of puns sea puns floating (oi oi) around there were a few moments, that even being unrehearsed, were incredibly tense and gripping. We then had a lovely curry with all the cast and I can safely say that I’ve got the pleasure to work with an absolutely lovely group of people.
Rehearsals started miles away from the text with a few games, including Harry’s favourite – Blood Potato – it’s simpler to leave talk of games at that. We continued with a lot of improvisation around character, intentions, and background, slowly starting to tease our way towards the play, improvising with characters who are connected to the characters in the play. One example being two army doctors talking about a crash that Jackie Jackson was involved in.
Now we’re meticulously going through the text, we sit round in a circle taking one line each to avoid thinking about the play in terms of character or acting and just interrogating the text for all the facts. As we stop and ask questions as often as they appear to us, questions such as ‘Does Hester really love Freddie?’, ‘What does Mrs Elton actually get up to?’ and ‘Why is Mr Miller so cool?’. We’re also on the lookout for important plot points, all of this so that we, the actors, understand the play inside out, which so far is working very well!
Everyone involved is fantastic to work with and I just can’t stress enough how excited I am to be working on this play!