GET HAPPY ticket competition
You found it, congratulations…so you fancy coming to a dress rehearsal of our children’s Christmas show Get Happy at the Barbican next week do you?
Well you’re in luck because we have 6 free tickets to give away to come and watch us at work! If you (and a little person aged 4+ if you have one!) would like to join us at 2pm on Wednesday 11th December just answer the question below correctly to be in with a chance of winning.
Who played the title role in Charlie Chaplin’s film ‘The Kid’?
a) Jackie Coogan
b) Jackie Cooper
c) Jackie Collins
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Tuesday 3rd December and we will let you know if you’ve won by midday on Wednesday 4th December.
Please note, Told by an Idiot do accept flattery and bribery.
Actor Steve Harper’s favourite part of Get Happy rehearsals so far…
Get Happy rehearsal diary week 3
This week was spent clarifying the structure of the show, and working out all the practicalities of props, costume, entrances and exits, and musical instruments. We polished and developed our material and rehearsed the sequence through so that the performers were confident with it.
We are very fortunate in our partnership with the Barbican with this show, as we are able to spend the whole of next week in the theatre, before we even begin our technical and dress rehearsals the week after. This means we will have a whole week to try out our material in the space, so we are able to come up with really ambitious ideas in the knowledge that we will have enough time to make them work. For example, there is a certain amount of water splashed around in the show, which could be a daunting prospect if we did not have extra time in the space to rehearse it properly. We will also spend two days next week performing our show for nursery school audiences, and then developing it from their reactions. There are many interactive moments in the show, which naturally require audiences to rehearse properly.
Because of all of this that we want to achieve next week, we spent this week making sure our show was in the best possible shape, and that the performers were comfortable and familiar with the material and the sequence. We rehearsed with Essa again, focusing on the musical elements so that she could familiarise herself with her role in the show. We worked in detail on scenes we had already developed, finding ways to make them sharper, simpler and funnier. We removed some scenes, changed the order of several, and ran the sequence through a number of times. One rehearsal was just for props, as we have a lot of them in the show and we wanted to work out how, when and where each prop enters and exits the space. This was a very useful rehearsal, as we solved lots of problems early on in the process which will really help future rehearsals. Paul had a great idea, which was to run through the play with our eyes closed, sat down, making the sound effects of all the movement as if we were performing it as a radio play. This was an excellent focusing exercise for the performers, and great fun to listen to. By the end of the week our material was in a really promising shape – we can’t wait to get in to the Barbican next week and try it all out with real props, real water and real audiences!
Roe Lane, Assistant Director, GET HAPPY
Get Happy rehearsal diary, week 2
Our second week was an exciting development of the work we had created in the first week. Our main focus was creating a structure for our piece, and we had our first rehearsals with our wonderful musician Essa, and started showing sections to our sound designer Adrienne, for her input.
During the first week of rehearsals we wrote up all our material on separate sheets of paper and stuck them up on our rehearsal room wall. This helped us look at our work so far, and start moving around the sheets of paper to create a structure. By the end of that first week we had come up with a version of the structure for the first third of the show. During the early part of week two we added another third, and by Friday were able to work through to the end, and I was able to create a first draft of a working script. As we added sections, the order of the previous sections inevitably changed, and we expect it to keep changing over the next few weeks as we add, remove, and edit material. We will also be showing the work to children in our last week of rehearsal, and expect to change aspects then as a result of their reactions.
We had worked through a lot of material with ideas of how Essa could fit in and contribute, but when we got her into rehearsal it was even better than we could have hoped for. She immediately got the kind of anarchic silliness that we had been experimenting with, and fitted into the ensemble in a thoughtful and responsive way. She also had great ideas of her own that enriched our work.
It was great when Adrienne came into rehearsal this week, as she came up with excellent sound solutions for problems we had encountered, and made suggestions that built on and developed our existing ideas. She added sound effects that gave the show a larger than life quality, and enhanced the comedy, and made suggestions for the live and recorded music that added to the comedy and juxtaposition of the work we had created. All in all, the second week was a dynamic and exciting time of creative experimentation.
Roe Lane, Assistant Director for Get Happy
We asked the cast and crew of Get Happy what their favourite point of rehearsals have been so far…here’s what Michael our dancer said.
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