At the beginning of the Summer Term, 3BUGS Fringe Theatre’s ‘12’ began rehearsals. It’s safe to say that at those first rehearsals, the cast and production team were full of excitement, curiosity and bucket loads of talent! Starting the process with character building games and some truly fantastic open conversations about LGBTQ+ really helped to build our team into a close-knit group of friends, all working towards the same goal: to create a fun, unique and sensitive adapted performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’. Throughout the rehearsal process, as an actor, I have felt respected, appreciated and wanted. This team has blown me away from day one with their openness, acceptance and belief in being whoever the hell you want to be and for that I couldn’t be more grateful.
So what did all these rehearsals lead us to? (Aside from the Edinburgh Fringe of course which seems to be crawling towards me at a remarkably slow pace, hurry up Fringe!) it led us to our wonderful previews! The three words I would use to describe previews, from the point of view of the cast, would be scary, exciting and refreshing. Despite panicked quick changes and broken rails, having such a fabulous audience absolutely helped our performance to shine, the energy of the people watching really encouraged a renewed energy and gusto from every cast member and it was brilliant to feel the show come alive!
I think one of the things we really wanted our audience to have whilst watching the show was fun, we wanted the performance to be exciting and I believe we succeeded in providing that for much of the audience. Of course, it can’t all be sunshine and rainbows (although it is pride month so maybe right now it can) the previews are just that after all, a sort of trial performance. So, after the show, and a well-deserved sleep for all, we sat down and read through the audience feedback together. We were delighted to read many wonderfully positive comments, but also grateful to receive plenty of constructive criticism to help make the show even better for Edinburgh! Not to worry, we entirely intend on smoothing out the creases during our intensive week of rehearsals in Birmingham before we head off to the Fringe and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I can’t wait to get back to it!
Reviews for our preview can be read via the following links:
By Jo Patmore – Viola