In to it a bit but just before the middle


Ok, just under half way in the rehearsals.  A lot of this has been blocking and re-blocking.  The piece is potentially very static, so create movement that looks natural has been a challenge.  There has also been a lot of talk about characterisation and meaning from the subtext.  It’s this that adds the layers and whereas I support this, I think that we just need to do it; nothing like putting it into practice. Next week we have a vocal coach coming in to work on the Wiltshire accent.  The need to get rid of this generic West Country accent has become a necessity and adds another layer to the texture within the play.  We are also taking a day trip out to Pewsey where the play is set, to see the likes of The Moonraker’s and The Cooper’s.  You never know, we just might run into the legendary Micky Do, the bloke the character of Rooster is based on.  

- Paul Nelson


Arena Theatre presents Jez Butterworth's


Directed by Paul Nelson with permission from Nick Hern Books

On St. George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, local waster and modern day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son, Marky wants his dad to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

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