One and a half weeks to go. Presently the front end and back ends of the two hours that make up The Thrill of it All which I’m making with Forced Entertainment are fixed (or log-jammed) but the middle remains quite a question, moving and changing, shifting weight and emphasis as we make adjustments and try to figure things out. The order of the material in the run through changes pretty much every time we make a rehearsal during this last phase. Long conversations about how things might work in a different order. Long conversations about the narratives (or logics) of each of the individual performers.
I think one of these days it’s likely that the whole structure will shift again – the knot of ‘things that have to be linked’ or the long braids of ‘things which supposedly lead to other things’ will be unshaken, made loose again and the whole sequencing process will be free to take a different emphasis. We’ll see. The moments just before a run through contain all kinds of talking, ‘warmups’ plus the inevitable queue for the solitary toilet. In this pre-run-through picture performer Jerry Killick checks the a2 flipchart pages taped to the front edge of the sound-mixer. On these sheets are written out the running order for the day.
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