Upon first reading through the scripts with my fellow actors I got a brief idea of the characters I would be playing and also by using the given circumstances I was able to find out what the play was about.
East End Tales
Before we started to go through our lines we had a brief discussion about the play. We talked about the playwright; Finn Kennedy. I already knew about Finn Kennedy from doing Stolen Secrets and so I knew that this would have some sort of group narrative in it as this is his style to write ensemble plays. We then started reading through the lines and it became apparent that it was set in a pub in the east end of England because the title gave it away and also the line “So I’m sitting at the bar.” As we read more lines a story began to unfold. The narrators were telling the audience about an incident in a pub of a older woman and a young man who look so much a like, and then they talk about a scuffle between them and how the man looks like he’s about to hit her. I knew that it would be hard to get a distinct character from the short extract because - as expected with work by Finn Kennedy - there were no stage directions or individual lines so this would give me a chance to experiment and use the Stanislavski techniques we had talked about in class such as the Who, What, When, Where and How.
When looking at the script for A Handbag there was some stage directions and a setting given before the lines. I had already been given the circumstances and so I knew what was happening. Three people were having a dress reheearsal for a play ‘The Impirtance of being Earnest’.
When first reading Fatal Light it became clear that the woman Maggie had lost her daughter because of the line ‘You’ll have to formally identify Julie’s body.’ as I read on it became clear that Janine (The policewoman mistakes for Julie) had killed herself in prison from the lines ‘Did she leave anything… A note?’ and ‘She got four years’. Then I found out that Janine had a daughter that Maggie would now have to look after -She got a little girl, my Granddaughter. It’s just us now…’ From the amount of rants that Maggie goes on as well made it clear that she didn’t want to be left alone ‘I thought they had to send two, I thought it was the law, I don.t know why. I suppose I’m getting that off the tele.’
I was very confussed when first reading this script because it didn’t seem to make any sense.