Tag Archives: rehearsal

Friar Lawrence’s Cell #kissbythebook #tech run

9 Sep

Not quite as far as we wanted #kissbythebook

7 Sep

As far as the wedding but not quite Lx cues into the book up to page 29

All sound done

More glaze on the woodwork needed

Flowers still to be set and finalised

More candles to be wired up

The neon still to be fitted into the box

Gauze to be cleaned

Cyc to be stretched

Tech to start at 10.30 in the morning

Normal progress for tech week

That is all

Good work by everyone


Final rehearsal run-through before tech week #kissbythebook

5 Sep


The final run-through of the play yesterday in the rehearsal space

We have had the set for three weeks now and it is time for it to be fitted into the theatre for our opening next Friday

It is always a scary moment running the show and knowing the next time we will fully run it we will be in the 900 seat auditorium at York Theatre Royal

Last minute changes meant the we completely altered the position on set of two final crucial scenes The right call seeing it in the run and both Katie Posner and I agreed that it was much stronger visually

We then had a cueing meeting with Richard Howell LX designer and Sarah Quinney DSM

Here we put cue points in the book relating to both sound and lx cue points. This will make the tech mean that we are all on the same page and will provide a good shorthand for us all

A day clear on Sunday to allow us to hit the ground running for tech week

here is a new mix of the Party track for Romeo and Juliet by @sandynuttgens


Romeo & Juliet, York Theatre Royal, Sept 10 to 25 then on tour #kissbythebook

4 Sep


End of week three #kissbythebook

3 Sep

At the end of week three we are about to run the whole show.

We have final costume fittings today and some cuts to make

It’s what happens – but we are almost there. The whole story through Lady Capulet’s eyes is now becoming clearer.

We have over 1,500 flowers on the set, 4 knives, two poison bottles, and a full soundtrack We are ready to go

More later…

I love you eternity #kissbythebook

1 Sep


Outside the rehearsal room – the flowers for Mercutio have been put up…


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