17 Sep
Director & Scenic Designer

Nothing in theatre has any meaning before of after.  Meaning is now.

- Peter Brook

Why do I need to record my initial thoughts?

Many first responses to the script will be lost throughout the process of analyzing, especially responses like sensory ones and emotional ones.

These responses will support me to have a vision over the whole play.  Also, they are raw, unprocessed, and may cover a wide range of images and thoughts, which will open my mind when I feel restricted.

How does the director work with the scenic director?

- The two work together to come up with and improve the design of the set.

- The director has the final say.

- Have regular meetings along the rehearsing process

The set is a kind of playground for your characters - experiment with levels, depth, intimacy & expansiveness, architecture, and stage pictures.

Important questions to ask:

- What strike you as the most important ideas, feeling, images, and moments from the first read/listen?

- What does this world look like?

- Does any strong staging images stand out?

- What is the style of this piece?

Also, think about the scene flow - make a list of the scenes appeared in the play, and think about the purpose of each of them and how the transition will be.

Source: "Directing the design: Creating the Visual World of the Play"

Originally published in the quarterly journal Teaching Theatre.  More info: Schooltheatre.org

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