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Blog Takeover: Cake, Crisps and Kilburn High Road

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Tricycle

Rob

Kicking us off on day two of the Takeover Festival we have a cracking blog from Young Company member, Rob. Rob is part of the 19 – 25 group performing The Kilburn Passion– opening on Thursday!

Hi everyone, my names Rob and I’m playing the character Gareth in The Kilburn Passion.

A friend asked me recently  – So, did your start rehearsals in March?  It suddenly reminded me this project didn’t start 4 weeks ago, The Kilburn Passion’s been 6 months of weekly sessions culminating with Suhayla El-Bushra’s piece about sacrifice, companionship, and yes, the time-old problem of dried Weetabix. 

Now it’s March 31st, and show time is days away! Rehearsals have been fantastic with director Emily Lim’s mum feeding us homemade cake*, and I’ve had a personal supply of crisps from stage manager Georgina** as my character eats in one of his scenes. I’m always willing to re-rehearse the crisp scene, practice makes perfect (or inevitably in my case, fat!)  

I’m nervous – but not that much. Emily’s reminded us to be absolutely clear on not only our personal entrances and props, but where exactly we are offstage, and to remember the lines in the scene before ours to be certain of our entrance timing. Having all this distracts you from being nervous, which is nice. 

The Kilburn Passion explores the daily lives of young adults on Kilburn High Road – but young adults who’re frustrated with their lives, have an inability to communicate how they’re really feeling, or who desire to do good but are let down. Watch the scenes with characters Ed and Abi: their crumbling relationship, with their son caught in the middle, is heart breaking.

During our penultimate rehearsal on Saturday, the young company took to the Kilburn High Road to find matching destinations for our characters and scenes; such as the clothes shop that characters Dominique, Lindsey and Aiden inhabit, or Gareth’s local pub. This gave the scenes a sense of reality, and it was interesting to exist as Gareth on the street.  

With the music and dance pieces in the play, it’ll blow your socks off! So you have to see it.

Rob.

*Which I hope she will again (Emily can you ask?)

**The supply of which will hopefully continue after the show is over (Doritos, please!)

The Takeover Festival is happening this whole week at the Tricycle with plenty of theatre, film and workshops to keep you busy. For more info and to book, click here. Join the in conversation with #TYCtakeover.

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