BWW REHEARSAL DIARY: Ahead Of The Adelaide Season Of Sand's REVOLT.SHE SAID.REVOLT AGAIN, Enya Daly Shares Her Thoughts As The Cast Returns To The Rehearsal Room
Following on from a successful Sydney season (review here), House of Sand is taking REVOLT.SHE SAID.REVOLT AGAIN to Adelaide's Holden Street Theatre. Given that there have been a few cast changes due to availability of performers, BWWAustralia was interested to hear the performers thoughts about revisiting the work. Enya Daly who returns to the work kindly penned a few words about the re-rehearsal process for Adelaide:
If it wasn't obvious from the title, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch is a play about women and revolution. More precisely, it is a play that takes stock of how far women have come, examines their position in the present, and prompts us to plan for a brighter future.
While such a simple description is useful here, neither the female experience or Birch's play are quite as straightforward. Birch's play is filled with language that is simultaneously precise and imprecise, any one line of text is loaded with numerous implications. Following in the footsteps of playwrights such as Churchill and Kane, she does not assign these lines of text to characters. Anyone producing this play is tasked with curating the chaos.
As an actor, getting a do-over on a play that is richly nuanced and yet so open to interpretation is quite gratifying. Especially seeing as the subject matter of the play is hotly topical and the conversation it provokes is utterly necessary. It is a privilege to get another chance to share sentiments that I passionately believe in with an audience.
Revisiting the world of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again for the Adelaide season of House of Sand's production has been surprisingly and gloriously taxing. The production that we are going to share with Adelaide is not just a remount. We've spent the past few weeks of our re-rehearsal period creating new characters, experimenting with theatrical styles and reassigning lines to ensure that our work is in conversation with the world around us. To quote the play, the creative team have all been 'taking Time and Space to Think very deeply', and we're excited to be bringing a re-examined and refined revolution to Holden Street Theatres.
REVOLT.SHE SAID.REVOLT AGAIN
Holden Street Theatre, Adelaide
20 November - 2 December 2018