Propeller blog
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Tick tock: the race against the clock

Over in Pimlico, the race against the clock for propeller has really begun.  When I visited yesterday, every corner of St Gabriel’s Halls had been claimed by props, directors, designers and writers.  Even on their lunch break, the cast of Lotus Beauty were deep in discussion of the differences and disagreements between generations of Asian women, and found Satinder’s script incredibly true to life.

I love being inside a rehearsal room so couldn’t resist visiting Dominic’s rehearsal for Blood.  With Em there for the day, there was a great atmosphere in the room.  Although there was a flick-knife on the table, it wasn’t a weapon, or for making drastic cuts to the script – just a stage-safe prop for the hair cut scene.  Disappointing for the blog, but reassuring for the show, I suppose.  Dominic was doing some very detailed work on a scene between Caneze and Sully (played beautifully by Rajneet and Kashif) and encountering the age-old director’s dilemma: when to explore, and how to make decisions before you’re sure.  As I said: a race against the clock…

Back in the office today, there’s been a constant stream of strange deliveries: bright pink salon tunics (cue Julia to design team: “do you really want hot pink?!”), a cyclorama for Eva’s projections and a floorcloth, currently being painted by Fahmida and Sue on the first floor.  Fingers crossed the office floor survives unscathed, that it dries in time, and that they survive the fumes…!

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