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’s reservable here. This weeks entry is completed by Jason Timmington, who plays Jackie Jackson.
Week 0. Rehearsing in Week 0! That’s because the show is in Week 2 and the performances of the cast are really coming together nicely. This week we played drama games that allowed us to maintain focus, getting into and remembering different circle groups in silence. This game offers the opportunity to build as a team, which is very important for this play. Also along with our director Harry we revisited different scenes from the play, developing them further whilst nuancing our characters. For myself playing Jackie Jackson we delved deeper into his scene with Freddie Page and how important their friendship is.
It was discovered during rehearsal that the friendship wasn’t coming through as well as it should. Ironically, Scott who plays Freddie Page is a good friend of mine outside of rehearsals, however for some reason during the scene we tend not to take advantage of that. This was pointed out to us by Harry, who was then keen for us to try it again with that real friendship in mind. The scene improved, but there is still potential to be reached with it. The idea of moving the scene outside of the rehearsal space into a different setting to unlock its potential was suggested by Harry.
Overall the rehearsal process is going really well, the atmosphere is fun but focused, and with two weeks to go until opening night, I’m confident that the hard work of the cast and crew will continue to pay off.