WHAT DOES A COMPANY STAGE MANAGER DO? / SUT DDIWRNOD CAIFF REOLWR(AIG) LLWYFAN Y CWMNI?

The view from Chez Glesni

The view from Chez Glesni

Dyma i chi ddiwrnod ym mywyd GLESNI PRICE-JONES...
Here's a day in the life of our CSM, GLESNI PRICE-JONES...

07:00 - Dihuno / Wake up
        Throat feels sticky and sore :/ 

 

07:15 - Actually codi o'r gwely / Actually get out of bed
        Shower…sort my hair out. 

 

07:45 - Bwyta brecwast / Eat breakfast
        Avoid dairy for my throats sake, dig out ginger, lemon and honey tea. Make one for the road

 

08:00 - Gadael y ty / Leave the house
        The commute between Newport and Cardiff can be lovely when there is no traffic and you drive in the pretty countryside lanes 

 

08:40 - Arrive early and find a free parking space   
     SCORE! I hate paying for parking. Made it with enough time to buy water and add Berocca.

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08:50 - Cyrraedd Drws y Llwyfan / Arrive at Stage Door to meet the Actors
        Make a mental note not to breath germs on them. 

 

09:00 - Cyrraedd y gofod ymarfer / Arrive at rehearsal space
        Its bigger than expected! We are seriously lacking rehearsal spaces in Cardiff so this is a gem. 

 

09:00 - Cychwyn ymarferion trwy dwymo fyny / Begin rehearsals with a warm up
        …..no not me. I take some funny videos of the warm up and start on a list of to-do’s for the day. Delegate tasks, van hire quotes, lighting hire quotes, compare technical specifications.

 

09:30 - Dechrau ar y restr o dasgiau / Begin on my own list of tasks
      Update edits to the script, get in touch with tech manager at Underbelly, download attachments from touring venues, chase up kit for tech week and tour

 

11:00 - Egwyl / Break
        I’m pretty much the Equity police when in the rehearsal room. 15 mins should be taken every 4 hours. 

 

11:02 - Angen bwyd / Need food
        Mared (the Director) and I decide we are hungry, we need food. Power walk to the         cafe down the road. Order a smoked salmon and scrambled egg muffin. 

 

11:20 - Ry'n ni'n hwyr / We are late
        Ok….we are late back from the break…the CSM and the Director…..oops. It’s ok though, everyone understands that the smoked salmon and scrambled egg muffin is worth it. We are forgiven. 

 

11:22 - Nôl at y gwaith / Back to work
        Mared scoffs down the muffin and gets back to work. So do I. 

 

13:00 - Amser cinio / Lunch time
        Its already lunch time and my plans to drive to Swansea to have a look at the set being built are out of the window…its not a good time for the builders…push back until tomorrow. 

 

13:30 - Bwyta cinio / Eat Lunch
        Find the rest of the team eating lunch looking out over Cardiff Bay Barrage…this is nice. Feed some sparrows. Swap stories, lament the state of the world..Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary? *rolls eyes* 

 

14:00 - Nôl at y gwaith / Back to work
        We have been working on some particularly complicated scenes where the two actors play 5 characters. Our Movement Director, Jess, is throwing some brilliant shapes into the mix and the actors are taking it in their stride. 

 

14:45 - Try to pay attention to the rehearsal! Not emails!
        There are so many things to keep track of that its easy to forget that soon I will be operating the show every night, running sound, lights and projection. I should pay more attention. I take some blocking notes. 

 

15:55 - Break time
        Its time for another break….relax 

 

16:06 - Dyw hi ddim yn amser y ddechrau nôl eto / Its not time to start back yet
        Mared wants to get going again, but the break police are back in town. There’s 4 minutes left of the break! Mared remarks that I am a cold woman. 

 

16:10 - NAWR mae'n amser dechrau nôl / NOW it's time to start back
        In the last 50 minutes of rehearsal I make a start on this blog… and chase emails… and make a do to list for tomorrow. 

        Pick up mini mac from stage door 

        Make and distribute schedule for next week 

        Visit the workshop where the set is being built 

        Watch a stagger through 

        Film stagger through 

        Try and take as many block and q notes are possible during stagger through. 

 

17:00 - Gorffen ymarferion /  Finish rehearsal
        We manage to finish on time! 

 

17:15 - Get in the car    
        Yeah the free parking space is quite a way away, but I see a friend and their dog on the way *happy face* so that makes it better. 

 

18:10 - Cyrraedd adre / Arrive home
        Traffic is horrendous, why world why? 

 

18:15 - Trefnu galwadau yfory / Write call sheet
        Each evening I let everyone know when/what they will be doing during rehearsal tomorrow.

 

18:20 - Cwpla'r adroddiad ymarferion / Finish rehearsal report    
        Throughout the day I have been creating a rehearsal report, whenever something comes up in the room I take a note to let the pertinent member of the creative team know about it. 

 

18:30 - Send call sheet and rehearsal report
        I try to make this the last task of the day. 

 

18:35 - Dechrau ar fy noswaith i / My evening begins
        Like other well rounded individuals my evening will consist of going to the gym, walking the dog, scrapbooking, volunteering for charities… Eating and watching Netflix. 

 

SOME HOURS LATER / YCHYDIG ORIAU’N DDIWEDDARACH

21:00 maybe - Emails from the creative team or director…..break my own rules by replying. 

 

So thats it for a light day in the rehearsal room. Come back to me during tech when I won’t have time to write a blog for all the juicy stuff!