Royal Court B/VC Shows and Reflections

I was present in the theatre until the press night of Victory Condition, with B opening a week before.

This was my first time experiencing previews and techs stretching over 2 days. I felt that the attention to detail was much more than anything I had ever witnessed or practiced before and I believe this attention to detail was a result of the amount of time they had. The response to audience reactions and feedback, I feel was a very useful opportunity. 

During the production weeks, there were moments where I felt as though I was not as active a participant as I would have liked to have been. This many stemmed down to my previous experience of stage management - being a solo SM and doing all of the jobs, as well as the rest of the team ensuring that they were able to run the show with 4 people, rather than 5.

Overall, my time at RC was an enriching experience. It gave me in site into how a larger theatre is run, as well as how a stage management team works efficiently together. 

Royal Court - B/VC Rehearsal Processes

I found both rehearsal processes very interesting for a variety of reasons. This was my first time working with a team of stage managers in over a year and a half, my first experience and only other experience being during first year core.

Throughout the process, I worked closely with both of the ASM’s. I found it very interesting to see how different people do the same job. In terms of props, the shows were polar opposites. VC was extremely prop heavy and required bulk buying of items like pizzas (one ordinary and one gluten free), pizza boxes and loafs of bread. B, however, required far less props but were much harder to obtain because of the amount of detail that was needed. 

The ASMs and I spent much longer than I have spent before researching props and sometimes were left waiting for the designers OK on them. This did leave us in difficult positions at times as we were not able to move forward and occasionally I felt rushed. I combated this by attempting to have as many options as possible ready in order to not waste time.

Royal Court - Intro

Royal Court Theatre offered me a placement to work on two interlinking productions - B by Guillermo Calderón and Victory Condition by Chris Thorpe. 

Victory Condition consists of two monologues, performed by a man and a woman. Thorpe wrote the script in such a way that it can be rearranged into different configurations. VC was directed by Artistic Director of RC, Vicky Featherstone.

B shows two women planning to plant a bomb and what happens when they meet the man that builds it for them. B is set in chile, where Calderón is from and was directed by Sam Pritchard.

I came to the stage management team as a ‘Stage Management Placement’ and worked closely with the ASM’s for both shows.