The process of devising the ‘She Melts’ has been a lot of fun but also really challenging. I spent many hours devising alone and sometimes in front of a mirror. While I could occasionally bounce off Sue (musician) for ideas and feedback, I really needed experienced help from someone of my discipline to direct and be that outside eye!
photo of Celia White by Jen Dainer
I employed Brisbane based physical theatre and circus director Celia White to work with me over four sessions. Right from the start Celia’s well articulated comments anchored me in the story and helped me to see it and play it as if for the very first time.
For example, one scene of the show I am on the rope ‘frozen’, I wake up and tentatively descend to the floor. She asked what the floor represented to me and I said it represented depression after being in a state of numbness (frozen). ‘So you’ve just woken up from a hundred year sleep and you’ve hit the ground, it’s ice and it’s painful as hell, the stakes are high, very high, so I think that you can afford for your movements to be much less pedestrian!’
Yes, Celia was great to work with!
I tell the story physically though circus aerials,
movement on the floor and spoken word
and I also use props and puppetry.