The audience are never going to experience an opera the way the chorus does. Even though performance in the round gives them some idea, as they peer through the crowds to catch a glimpse of th action, but actually, the action is what they are peering round.
Our chorus experience is sweaty, loud and partial – we never get to see the whole show, but the bits we do experience are visceral.
This is quite a physical show, and we are very glad that the carrying corpses off stage was cut, and we weren’t convinced we’d manage it without injury, to us or the ‘corpse’. The costumes are very hot (winter weight flying jackets with 2 inches of wadding in them, gas masks…) but at least there are no quick changes – last year’s nun-to soldier-in-3-mins is mercifully not challenged for award for fastest change. The emotions change faster, one minute a concerned civil servant,
the next an anxious guard,
then a cheery well-wisher (although an imagined one!)
and finally a zealous follower of Poseidon turned vigilante – (no photos of this, will have to see what we can do in the dressing room!) but there is a lot of anger throughout, I just have to remember what I’m being angry about and ‘on whom rest the blame’.
If you would like to discover who is to blame, we are performing again tonight at 7pm and on Sunday at 2pm. tickets and info here