As I’ve mentioned before, Scuttlers is gritty: it’s violent, and has several fight scenes. Last week we worked on a slow motion fight scene with two cast members using belts – practicing control, and getting enough momentum in the belts without losing precision. We’ve had a lot of fun with the cast practising reacting to a physical blow, and so far have managed to keep accidental contact to a minimum!
We’ve also had a new beast to deal with this week: the theatrical hire sword. The play features a sword, which has added a whole new dimension to health and safety. nly designated people are allowed to handle it, and our actors have to practice with it three times before each rehearsal to meet the risk assessment. Oh the joys! That said, it does look fantastic on stage, and James, our ‘soldier’ is having fun incorporating it into his character.
Part of making our actors look like the scrappy hard-knocks they are portraying, is roughing up their beautiful faces. Debbie, our DSM for the show, is a dab hand at make-up and is adding an extra layer to the aesthetic of the show by giving the cast some grizzly scars, scrapes and bruises. The trick being to use a layer of liquid latex underneath the colour to get the texture. The cast is loving their new looks – and are turning heads in public on lunch breaks.
We’ve also got the added fun of blood packs. So far we’ve only had one prematurely burst on stage – fingers crossed they’ll behave themselves for the final night! So…top tips for making a blood pack:
- Cut out two rectangles of cling film and layer them on top of one another (only use one layer if you want it to burst really easily)
- Make a circle with your thumb and forefinger, place the cling film on top and push it through the circle making a small indent for the ‘blood’ to go
- Pour the blood in slowly. We’re using professional fake blood (which smells strangely like raisins), but if you’re looking for a DIY option I’ve used a cornflower, water and food colourant mixture in the past
- Take the four corners of the cling film and twist them together really tight
- Tie the twist in a knot – like you would tie a balloon
Done! Now tape it your actor and you’re ready to go…
Sammy Gooch – Assistant Director