Yesterday I was back in Leeds for another visit to be with the cast of Still Alice during their rehearsals. I think they only have 3 weeks left before the first performance so very exciting to see how far they’ve got since I saw them last week.
We’d had a fair bit of snow over the weekend and the promised turn to mild weather had failed to arrive in time for me to do a pretty good impersonation of Bambi slip sliding down to the taxi….🙄 But at least it was bright and dry…….and the Humber was looking good……
As we trundled towards Leeds the fields started to turn green again, soggy but at least snow free which bodes well for my walk from the station.
I arrived to find Nicky with 2 cups of tea waiting for us to go to the rehearsal room⭐️. We arrived to find Alice (Sharon) and Herself (Ruth) practising their lines. It’s weird seeing them without their books now – wonderful! Sharon told me she was reading my book since we last met and said some wonderfully kind things………Before starting for real me and Sharon managed to have a photo taken by Nicky, but Sharon wouldn’t thank me for it so I won’t embarrass her🤓
Nicky was taking photos during rehearsal as I’d done a piece about my involvement Which is being used for the programme.
They were now at the stage of practising the intricacies of having and changing clothes as well as where they should be on stage – fascinating……..It’s even more complicated and vital to get right as Alice is on stage the whole time and so her costumes changes have to appear more slick – when you see it for real it just happens naturally, but the amount of work that goes into this process is enormous……..much admiration for their multitasking!
Herself expressing the thoughts of Alice is now beginning to come together since last week too. Alice is the physical presence and Herself is expressing her thoughts – very clever.
After tea break, during which Sharon and me spoke about emotions and my loss of anger, they went through a line run through of the next scene before going through all 3 scenes from start to finish. They then all come back on set and discuss what worked and what might need changing.
They then moved onto saying the lines of the final scene of the morning……and the final scene before I left as I had to leave when they went for lunch….the props seem so easy when you watch a performance but the work that goes into getting them in the right place and moved by the right person is so complex…
The nicest thing I found today was……..It’s so nice to see them laugh and support one another when things don’t go to plan……it’s really got the feel of a family…must make the process so much easier.
Another lovely few hours with the cast….and the weather was still nice for the journey home…