Archive | August, 2010

The shrine of flowers #kissbythebook

29 Aug
With a guide track we have been using for when Juliet is threatened by her father and her decison to do something about  it…
by Sandy Nuttgens


Things I love #kissbythebook R&J rehearsal blog

28 Aug


1 the silver birch tree in my garden swaying in the summer breeze
2 running the show for the first time

3 realising how much we have got right

4 realising how much we still have to do
5 drop box for enabling me to send the fight videos from the show to our composer
6 getting good script notes from Universal Pictures for a new film project

7 realising that the cast were the absolute right choice

8 the text from my son who enjoyed Arcade Fire at Leeds Festival
9 the smell of courgette frittata in our kitchen
10 the picked apples and plums in the fruit bowls
11 the chat with Katie Posner outside Paolo’s today
12 the text conversation with Sandy about the soundtrack
13 the family meal we are planning for Jamie and Smita tomorrow
14 finishing day 11 of rehearsal for R&J and working out we have 10 more working days before opening night.
15 working out we have 14 days before press night

16 working out I now have 2 days off
17 realising that I will be working on the soundtrack on Monday

18 the ideas and plans from our lx designer
19 being able to ‘send down the elevator’ and bring people up
20 getting an email from one of our team who will be lighting a show at The National Theatre this autumn

21 seeing how much the silver birch tree in my garden has grown….
22 remembering that my job allows me to make things with other creative people
23 making things with creative people
24 eating dinner in my kitchen with Susie
25 being the age I am


Day 10 rehearsal Rainbow #kissbythebook

28 Aug


After getting through the entire play we came out to this amazing rainbow.Over two important places. One is the entrance to the rehearsal and costume hire store, and the other in the picture is ‘Il Paradiso del Cibo’ known locally as ‘Paulo’s’ the best Sardinian restaurant this side of Sardinia. Right next door to where we work it becomes a place to eat, meet and get great coffee…

So we are now fully through the text and have solved issues with how to play the whole Friar John section without having to have anyone else on stage…great work from the team yesterday

We are heading to do a complete stagger through the play today (Saturday) and meetings with Richard Howell the lighting (lx) designer so he can see the run and we can discuss the lx plan

I have asked for a rainbow….

Til later

Marcus Romer
Artistic Director
Pilot Theatre

Day 9 rehearsal R&J #kissbythebook

26 Aug

Always make curries the night before

That way there will be less to do when 18 people come for tea

A good day- we are on page 56 and only 8 more pages to go Here the nurse – Louisa Eyo and Juliet – Rachel Spicer work through the text in act 2

Also good that we had a direct through line on skype to Sandy Nuttgens Studio where he was able to send us tracks mid way through the day to work with – great stuff

Bed now. Tired. Long day and washing up still to be done


Curries being cooked for the R&J Company #kissbythebook

25 Aug

As tradition has it, the company will be coming round to our house for curries – so a large pot of Tarka Dhall and a lamb Rogan Josh are on the menu

After a hard day at work there is nothing better than coming home and knocking some chapati flour into shape.

Christy has been photographing the process to put on his recipe blog for uni, which he starts next month.

So quite possibly our company meal recipe may be seen again at Bankside House in London for other LSE students at some later date!

Good fight call today, but as previously mentioned the first rule of fight call is not to talk about it…

So we are on page 42 of our script – only 22 to go and we are aiming to get those under our belt, at least as broad outlines for the stagger through for the tech team on Saturday.

So work to be done, not least keeping an eye on my lentils!


Skype Production meeting for R&J #kissbythebook

24 Aug

Chloe Lamford and Richard Howell live on skype for our production meeting today – saving travelling up from London

#greenmeetings are us!

Day 6 of R&J rehearsal #kissbythebook

24 Aug

We have moved back to the Walmgate rehearsal rooms now where the York Theatre Royal costume and prop store is.

We had a later call to allow the set to be re-fitted up again. It always takes a bit to get going on the second week. We had second costume fittings and Chloe was going through the new costumes with all the cast.

This meant we were a little slow to get going on Monday, but having said that we did manage to get up to page 26. We are going to try and get to the end of Act one today – page 37 plus we have a scheduled production meeting at 1pm and both Richard Howell (LX designer) and Chloe Lamford (Set and Costumes) will be joining us via skype for that.

I also have a skype meeting with composet Sandy Nuttgens about the soundtrack at 9.30 so I better get a move on as there is a lot to get through today. So Katie and I will be working pretty smartly today…

Go go gadget legs!

Til later

YouTube intro of the cast and design for @pilot_theatre ‘s – R&J #kissbythebook

22 Aug

Starting week 2 of R&J with remixed track of #kissbythebook

22 Aug



With Oliver Wilson as Romeo, Rachel Spicer as Juliet and Mary Rose as Lady Capulet at the shrine…
Track – You Kiss by The Book – by Sandy Nuttgens

A great week at Jo Ro School rehearsing R&J #kissbythebook

20 Aug

A big thanks to Joseph Rowntree School who let us rehearse for our first week in their new school hall

What an amazing space, with extraordinary facilities. We are moving back to our usual rehearsal space I’m Walmgate, York next week as they are now free.

But as a kick off to the project this has been a fab space to work We will be back…