• Liz Arday

Rehearsal Update | Ο Βασιλιάς

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Welcome to post-covid theatre making. Banned from enclosed spaces we're working outside in the fading Athenian summer to bring to life the newly translated Ο Βασιλιάς by Dennis Matsikas (formerly KING for the English stage).

We had a lovely afternoon at Fabrica today working through the piece on the outdoor stage purpose built for this year's covid safe festival. All artists and audience must show proof of vaccination to attend, and all performances will be staged outdoors (unless the rain forces us inside, in which case the audience may be reduced).

We've got so much space to work with, and the piece has definitely evolved beyond the stage into semi promenade work that roams across the street, into the bar, weaving though out the seating and whatever else Dennis decides to do on the night.

Directing Dennis is very much a exercise in trust. Not only do I not speak the language (enough to order a coffee at least) so genuinely have no idea about the detail of what he is saying (although I know the play well enough to know what section of the piece we are up to) but as he is a comedian it would be immoral to keep him on a tight leash as he needs space to improvise and play #thoughtsandprayers

Below are a few pics we took in rehearsal. Absolutely cannot wait to get the show in front of an audience... it's been a very long wait!!

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