I arrived early on Saturday and sat quietly Cappuccino in hand in Emma Bridgwater’s snug, comfy, cafe. Every one arrived quite promptly and I was interested to note some new faces. We met as before in the Meakin room and commenced the rehearsal with some interesting movements and interpretations of “the Jive” circa 1953.
Fortunately, I partnered one of the lead actors of the play – Angie, who is Frances Berry in the production. She is an unassuming, friendly, little, lady. Chatty, gentle, attractive and easy to talk to/dance with. We were short of the Male gender (which always happened at the Youth Club) so I was “The boy”. I think we danced quite well; she, quick to learn and with great rhythm; I, taking great care not to cause any mishap to her person (it would be so embarrassing to have to take over the part at short notice!!) He! He!
After a short break, we sat down as our director Conrad, introduced us to the actors and their characters. We were encouraged to ask questions about how they perceived their characters and in this way we, in turn, learned more about the actual play and the people playing the parts. It must have been very difficult for them as they had no warning that this was about to happen, and had to think “on their feet”.
I found this all very intriguing and suspect it was for all of us as time sped by. We finished the session, learning the geography of the setting and our participating parts.