My first meeting with this director was the same as police brutality. We discussed the different themes and scenes she would like to create. The style she was going for was surrealism
As I attended my first rehearsal on the same day as police brutality there was a lot to remember and take in. The scenes were all there and didn’t change much so I didn’t have to attend every rehearsal. She was adamant on what she wanted lighting wise but I managed to make a few changes which I feel enhanced the performance.
Scene one was to have three chairs and one table. I said there is a way in which I can do it if you have the table and one chair centre stage I could use the spot from police brutality and use the two Macs on the rig to spot the other two chairs wherever she would like them. She liked this idea as it gave her freedom of space.
Scene two she was uncertain of, so I put forward the suggestion of having the lighting as though wonderland was forming around the performer. The scene consisted of the mad hatter talking about how wonderful wonderland is. I was asked how I could create that, so I replied saying I could fetch up each lantern one at a time with different colours giving off the effect of something forming. This idea was settled after discussing my reasons behind it.
Scene three, I was thinking about the music which would be underscoring the performers. It was a circus theme so I automatically thought of red and yellow. I felt like things were two stationary so I put across the idea of creating a chase so that they change colours. This is so I could get out of monotonous cycle which I could feel myself forming. Again the director liked this idea so it was set in stone.
Scene four was a Cheshire cat scene, so to create a sense of realism I went back to Disney’s version and suggested a purple stage with general coverage for visibility. I did mention about a gobo to texture the floor but the director just wanted it to be simple. I respected her decision whilst still trying to persuade her otherwise.
Scene six was a movement piece. There was a few differences with this scene but we both worked together to create a suitable state. I said to have side lighting and backlighting. I research movement pieces and this was more of a dance. I learnt that dances have side lighting to shape their movements. The director wanted backlighting to make their movements more dramatic. We came to a compromise and decided to try them both together with the agreement that if the director wasn’t sure in the tech we would go with the one which looked better and created more emphasis.
Scene six was a remotely sad scene. Mad Hatter is talking about wonderland is falling apart. With this I jumped to state two and thought of doing it in reverse. This was to show the deconstruction of wonderland. I said it would be effective as in the end the performer would end up in darkness as though wonderland is no more.
Scene seven was the same as the first scene as it is repeated but is extended. In the end we see a performer leaving the audience and stabbing ‘Alice’ Myself and the director came to the conclusion there would be a snap of red when the performer is stabbed.