- See me in a play
After all that reading about me learning to act now’s your chance to come and see me in a play. OK, I haven’t got a starring role or anything in Lilia Litviak: Fighter Ace, seeing as it’s about a group of female, World War II, Soviet fighter pilots and me acting as a woman is not something the stage is ready for. To the point: come and see the show and buy tickets now — we need to sell some tickets sharpish to pay in advance for the venue.
- Lilia Litviak workshops
There are a couple of reasons why I haven’t posted anything about the rehearsal process for Lilia Litvia: Fighter Ace. First, I often write notes after rehearsals and write more in my diary later, so I feel less need than usual to write a slightly sanitised version for public consumption. Second, I always feel a bit odd writing about events that involve non-blogging people — if you’re “one of us” it seems perfectly normal to read about something you’ve done on someone else’s site, but to normal people who don’t have websites, it must be a bit odd. I’m wary of normal people finding this, possibly unnecessarily.
- Lilia Litviak rehearsals
After the workshops, in which we played around with ideas and movement, we got down to more frequent sessions on the play itself in July — one evening a week and a few Sundays, building up to every Sunday this month.
- Lilia Litviak run-throughs
You must have seen one of the many Hollywood films where a gaggle of plucky underdogs is coached through certain failure only to finally (surprise!) win the day. Or you maybe you’ve watched one of the TV lifestyle documentaries like Faking It, Supernanny or Property Ladder that stick just as rigidly to the formula — in the third quarter hour the host will look on in despair as the protagonist demonstrates their utter hopelessness only to show that, after the adverts (surprise!) they can overcome the insurmountable odds to perform their new skill, control their awful children or temper their taste in interior decoration and sell a house.
- Lilia Litviak dress rehearsal
Last Thursday we spent part of the evening going over a few problem areas before squeezing in another run-through of the entire play. This time everyone worked without scripts and although a some prompting was required it finally seemed like a real play, that we might fool people into believing we know what we’re doing.
- Lilia Litviak technical rehearsal
Last night’s technical rehearsal of Lilia Litviak: Fighter Ace in the Conway Hall was tiring and stressful (not to mention expensive — the cost of hiring the venue is the biggest chunk of our budget and the space costs much the same whether you have a paying audience or not). Levels of punctuality and focus have been less than what I assume one would expect on a professional production, and it took us a while to get started on running the play, which was frustrating for everyone.
- Lilia Litviak performances
I’ve spent so much of the past week thinking and talking about Lilia Litviak: Fighter Ace that writing more about it seems like treading over old ground. But still, it’s all over. Maybe three weeks’ of devising and rehearsals, plus learning lines and other organisational activities, all spread over several months, and it’s all gone in two nights.
- Final Lilia Litviak thoughts
One last thing… well, three. There are three thoughts I wanted to write down that sprung from the Lilia Litviak performances so here they are before I lose my notes…