On a cold evening in early April the first rehearsal for MND 2021 took place in our garden. Only six people allowed due to Covid restrictions, and social distancing to be maintained at all times! Back gate open to welcome the actors and director, chairs suitably spaced on the lawn. I retreated inside to listen and observe with script in hand.
These regulations continued as the garden gradually progressed from Winter to Spring, while the valiant actors rehearsed twice a week whatever the weather – wind, rain, even snow!
It was a joy to receive the actors in the garden and watch the characters develop and evolve as the weeks went by, under the direction of Helen and Clare.
My role as Prompt took on a new dimension as I was introduced to rehearsing and line bashing in a Zoom Room – a new experience for me!
The day finally arrived when the whole cast could meet in our garden for a dress rehearsal. It was a wonderful opportunity to see everyone and the rest of the play.
Filming took place a week later, Saturday in our garden, Sunday in Helen’s. Sameera, like a true professional with her camera, captured each scene calmly and efficiently. We then waited with excitement and anticipation for the film to be edited and released.
MND 2021 has been such a happy experience. Our garden came alive at a time when we were feeling isolated and uncertain about the future.
Thank you to Helen and Clare for making it all possible, and to the amazing actors who created a performance we will never forget!