It’s the weirdest thing, experiencing a show as it develops. Somewhere around the middle of rehearsals, as the outside world shrinks, the work becomes more than you ever realised.

On the other hand, the closer I get to my Well Thumbed performances the harder it becomes to write this blog. As if the thought process wasn’t abstract enough already. Trying to reflect moods and moments. What was going on in my mind without getting into rehearsal specifics. Or performance secrets.

Dear Diary: this last few days have been mixed bag of frustrations and, fingers crossed, triumphs. And inbetweentimes diddling with very bad puns. Like this one: screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-10-57-04

The script of Well Thumbed was pretty much finished and ready to roll weeks ago. But by the middle of rehearsals it had become apparent that there was something, I don’t know, not quite there. From the first words to the final thumbs-up, the production script has a logic, a rhythm and pace. It has a beginning and an end. And it doesn’t outstay its welcome. What more could you want?


A couple of restlessly tossing nights revealed what was missing. To be honest, it was the tiniest of things but, without going into details, Well Thumbed now has a middle. An axis. A pivot. A core. What was missing from the script was really nothing more than a non-textual metaphor, yeah?

I know. That sort of thing sounds terribly arty-ficial but finding it, the tinselly thing, really has opened up the piece for me. Made it, y’know, more.  OK, it’s a pretentious way of dressing up  and justifying a simple pun that no one else may even notice for what it is. Whatever. I diddled with the middle and now, for me, the show has a theatrical identity.

And relax. Unless you are stage management, in which case get your broom out; yes, sorry, my diddling does have SM ramifications.

  • Disclaimer: Well Thumbed is the product of many great writers (three of them may be seen in the picture above). However, the use of Edgar Allan Poe’s image elsewhere in this blog should nevermore be interpreted as a guarantee of that author’s place in the final performance script.

Notional Theatre is happy to acknowledge the support of the pun-loving Mr Poe for its @NotionalTheatre tweet-credibility marketing strategy.

Furthermore, Notional Theatre asserts that Virginia Woolf is getting above herself.




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