Oh What a Lovely War: Blog

By Martin Boniface & Liz Coxon-Tenty
Week Commencing 30/06…. 5 weeks to go! 
An exhausting day of dance rehearsals
An exhausting day of dance rehearsals

Martin – Dance rehearsals were non-stop this weekend. I had three new routines to learn including an Irish jig, a Charleston and a dance involving some mischievous little devils. My favourite was definitely the Irish dancing as I had never tried it before. The footwork is actually quite simple but the key to making it effective is keeping the movement precise and exactly in line with everyone else. The group had different levels of dance experience but together we managed to pick up the basic blocking very quickly so we had time to repeat the routine a number of times and get it tight. Riverdance here we come!! I also had to perfect my first lift of this show – luckily it was just a fireman’s lift so hopefully I can manage it without giving Sara, my dance partner, any bruises! An exhausting but rewarding day!

Irish jig rehearsals
Irish jig rehearsals

Liz….Up the Irish!” A busy Sunday spent jiving and jigging! I had lots of fun learning the Irish jig considering I spent a lot of my childhood watching  Riverdance!! Now I just need to perfect an Irish accent for the actual scene. I’m taking my inspiration from Mrs Doyle! We also learnt a jive – a jolly upbeat dance involving high energy and pace!


 

Week Commencing 07/07…. 4 weeks to go!
Louise put the whole cast through their paces
Louise put the whole cast through their paces

Martin – We were visited by a real life drill sergeant on Thursday. She put us through our paces to help us perfect our standing to attention, marching and saluting. I found it terrifying being yelled at but it was an excellent experience that I know is going to make our soldier scenes much more realistic. We also did a ‘stagger run-through’ of the show, which gave us a chance to see all the scenes in order and understand how they will run into each other. We got a first look at a drill sergeant scene some of the cast had been working on and it had the whole cast in fits of laughter. There is still an enormous amount of work to be done before production week so the next few rehearsals are going to be intense – bring it on!

Learning to salute. "Up, two, three, down!"
Learning to salute. “Up, two, three, down!”

Liz – “….Up, two, three, down!” – This week we had drill training by a real drill sergeant called Louise and these are the words we were taught to say to perfect the timing of our salutes. At first I was a tad scared as this is something I never thought I would be doing, but as we got into the session I found my inner soldier was released. I even had a comment from Rod (a member of the cast with real-life military experience) who said I should be in the army!!!! We also ran through the show which gave us an idea of how the show is going as a whole as well as our individual parts. I had a go at doing my Pankhurst scene without script and was pleased with my efforts! The show still needs some work but I feel that with good teamwork we will have a great show!

You can read the previous installment of Martin and Lizzie’s Oh What A Lovely War Blog here. Watch this space for the next installment and don’t forget that tickets for Oh What A Lovely War are available from the Salisbury Playhouse Box Office on 01722 320333