Andie Coulson

I am a young actor training as part of the Miskin Theatre. This is a brief look into our daily work as a young working theatre company from an individual's view.
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£25 to replace your script?!
Rehearsal Content
Physical led by Callum, vocal by myself and Hannah Warner.
Were given 5 minutes to run over 10 minute stories, 2 minute routines and choreographed routines, only a few of which we had time to show Denise who has recently returned from Wales. We gave group feedback after each performance.
Given “West Side Story” script.
In the afternoon, 10 girls worked with Bronagh and Laura with the script and 10 boys doing the same with Gavin, whilst the remainder of the company worked a physical session with Denise. During the session with Bronagh and Laura, working in pairs we looked at a scene between Anita and Maria, focusing on understanding the script, the characters, the relationship between the two and accent.
Thoughts and Feelings
We didn’t have a great start this morning, although the warm-up covered everything and was efficient at doing as it’s named, we didn’t time it and finished earlier than expected, meaning that the energy and people dissipated before the directors joined us again.
Our personal presentation of the 10 minute routine was disappointing; to be in and watch, it didn’t have the same effect without props, costume, general preparation and energy. I personally didn’t feel in it and don’t think anyone in our group did and it reflected on the performance. I think our group didn’t show the work we had done too well, and the other groups were better but the energy was considerably lower overall.
Watching some of the people do the dance routine, the improvement was amazing between running over the steps and adding character and noise, from the dancers and from the audience. We were cheering and making some nearly frightening sounds, but it worked really well and fed something more into it.
Getting the script is daunting and exciting; we’ve had so much freedom up until this point to explore our ideas and have been encouraged to think creatively. Now we have to follow the rules to an extent, but it also takes us that step further on our journey. I loved the script work the afternoon, the girls together, was like being in a room full of young girls. Cheeky, energised and a great atmosphere (other than being locked outside briefly…). It was an enjoyable way to start approaching the text and understand the characters and I loved stepping into Maria’s shoes and it was thoroughly entertaining to watch everyone else’s interpretation of the characters, the relationship the accent and the scene. I think I feel more comfortable with the Puerto Rican accent than I do with the Manhattan accent to say the least!
Walking back into the Grey Room after around half of the company had been sweating in there for the past hour wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, I know to bring a change of clothes tomorrow!
Director’s Notes


“Time your warm ups.”


We   need to make sure we’re keeping to schedule, to understand what needs to be   done in what time, and so we can get the most out of our warm-ups.


“Don’t step backwards, once you’ve even started to   learn something, put it in your little actors’ pocket of knowledge.”


We took   a fair few step backwards from what we’ve learnt about taking the space,   cheating the light, finding emotional connections and we need to keep hold of   them!


“Take care of your scripts.”


We   have to pay £25 to replace any lost or damaged scripts, so not only do we   have to take care of them for our bank balances, but our scripts are our   bibles and we should live and love them!


“Don’t share water bottles.”


We   need to be drinking an awful lot of water, and there’s a lot of bugs going   around, no sharing water, no sharing bugs and damaged bodies!

£25 to replace your script?!

Rehearsal Content

Physical led by Callum, vocal by myself and Hannah Warner.

Were given 5 minutes to run over 10 minute stories, 2 minute routines and choreographed routines, only a few of which we had time to show Denise who has recently returned from Wales. We gave group feedback after each performance.

Given “West Side Story” script.

In the afternoon, 10 girls worked with Bronagh and Laura with the script and 10 boys doing the same with Gavin, whilst the remainder of the company worked a physical session with Denise. During the session with Bronagh and Laura, working in pairs we looked at a scene between Anita and Maria, focusing on understanding the script, the characters, the relationship between the two and accent.

Thoughts and Feelings

We didn’t have a great start this morning, although the warm-up covered everything and was efficient at doing as it’s named, we didn’t time it and finished earlier than expected, meaning that the energy and people dissipated before the directors joined us again.

Our personal presentation of the 10 minute routine was disappointing; to be in and watch, it didn’t have the same effect without props, costume, general preparation and energy. I personally didn’t feel in it and don’t think anyone in our group did and it reflected on the performance. I think our group didn’t show the work we had done too well, and the other groups were better but the energy was considerably lower overall.

Watching some of the people do the dance routine, the improvement was amazing between running over the steps and adding character and noise, from the dancers and from the audience. We were cheering and making some nearly frightening sounds, but it worked really well and fed something more into it.

Getting the script is daunting and exciting; we’ve had so much freedom up until this point to explore our ideas and have been encouraged to think creatively. Now we have to follow the rules to an extent, but it also takes us that step further on our journey. I loved the script work the afternoon, the girls together, was like being in a room full of young girls. Cheeky, energised and a great atmosphere (other than being locked outside briefly…). It was an enjoyable way to start approaching the text and understand the characters and I loved stepping into Maria’s shoes and it was thoroughly entertaining to watch everyone else’s interpretation of the characters, the relationship the accent and the scene. I think I feel more comfortable with the Puerto Rican accent than I do with the Manhattan accent to say the least!

Walking back into the Grey Room after around half of the company had been sweating in there for the past hour wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, I know to bring a change of clothes tomorrow!

Director’s Notes

“Time your warm ups.”

We need to make sure we’re keeping to schedule, to understand what needs to be done in what time, and so we can get the most out of our warm-ups.

“Don’t step backwards, once you’ve even started to learn something, put it in your little actors’ pocket of knowledge.”

We took a fair few step backwards from what we’ve learnt about taking the space, cheating the light, finding emotional connections and we need to keep hold of them!

“Take care of your scripts.”

We have to pay £25 to replace any lost or damaged scripts, so not only do we have to take care of them for our bank balances, but our scripts are our bibles and we should live and love them!

“Don’t share water bottles.”

We need to be drinking an awful lot of water, and there’s a lot of bugs going around, no sharing water, no sharing bugs and damaged bodies!

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