16. All went a bit lesbian today
Day three of rehearsals and we had a fairly full room, bit of a full stage, as opposed to the pairs I’ve been working with until now. And that brings fear of trying to focus on and manage an increased number of characters but also brings the opportunity for lots of fresh insights. One of which took my by surprise but has the potential to be a big turning point.
The Misanthrope is about a misanthrope, Alceste, who is in love with Jennifer, a woman who is the antithesis of everything he believes in. Their relationship is tempestuous and agonising. I have more female actors than males so Alceste is been played by a female actor but as a fella. Whilst rehearsing another one of Alceste and Jennifer’s scenes today I,for a moment, envisaged Alceste as a woman in a relationship with Jennifer and it all fell into place. I shared this with the actors whobecame very vocal and excited by the idea of turning it into a lesbian love story. Let me just say that I’m not saying all lesbian relationships are filled with arguments, but in this instance and with these actors it makes sense.
So, my current task is to go over the script see if it works all the way through. It would mean we could allow all the actors to play their own sex which is so much better.
Plus, the Singapore health department have just this week confirmed that homosexuality is normal. That’s a relief. It was in response to grief they’d been getting to answers on their FAQ website on sexuality and speaking positive about homosexuality. People had been saying that more scientific evidence was needed before a government department stated it was normal and healthy!
Anyway, now we can give them a lesbian love story to worry over too (though not a particularly healthy example of one. Oh god! What have I done?)