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.


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
        … 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. 



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! 



Day 1 @ A Good Clean Heart rehearsals

I love a first day.

Some people hate them, like an awkward first day at school, but I love them! The excitement, the nerves, the new team all getting together, the months of planning and sleepless nights of worry, Have I done this? Have I done that?  Did I tell everyone to come? Luckily we had done this, and that, and everyone who needed to be there, was there, on time, apart from Alun… Always fashionably late to his own read through! (That’s not even true, but never let the truth get in the way of a good story, as a wise woman once told me!!)

It has been a busy few months of planning, and developing the script, so for Alun and I to hear the actors read the play on day one is such a nerve-wracking but essentially great feeling. The second the actors bring the characters to life, all the worries disappear. The joy and interrogation begins… and we won’t stop either in any hurry in my rehearsal room! 

Actors James Ifan and Oliver Wellington, are already getting along (phew!) and Jess Williams has joined our creative team this time around as Movement Director. She works a lot with Frantic Assembly and her approach and input to rehearsals are so fresh and lovely to work with. After just one day, I am already feeling that this new production is leaping forward into a very new and exciting territory. 

The new script is leaner, and is reading at 1 hour which is great for a steady first reading, as we are going to have to get the performance into the tight 1 hour slot in Edinburgh (including all laughs!) ….no pressure…. no laughing allowed.

So on to tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, where there will no doubt be some sweat, tears and a tiny bit of laughter (not too much!) along the way. But for now, the ‘work’ continues on this ‘boilingwool’ play (as Glesni our Company Stage Manager thought she heard Alun call it!!!)  I am so lucky to call this my work.

Nos da. 


Diwrnod 1 Ymarferion A Good Clean Heart

Mae rhai pobol yn casau diwrnod cyntaf ymarferion (fel diwrnod cyntaf swydd newydd neu hydynoed waeth diwrnod cyntaf Ysgol Gyfun!), ond dwi ddim.

I mi, dyw e ddim yn ddiwrnod cyntaf o bell ffordd, ond hefyd, mae’r holl gynnwrf, a’r egni o gael pawb at ei gilydd yn un hynod gyffroes. Heddiw oedd diwrnod cyntaf o ymarfer ar y fersiwn newydd o’r sioe. Croesawon ni actor newydd i’r tim, Oliver Wellington, a chroesawi James Ifan yn ol, ac roedden nhw’n dod ymlaen (phew!). Mae’n deimlad braf gweithio gyda actor newydd, a hefyd gweithio gyda actor sy’n nabod dy ffordd o weithio. Da ni’n dal i ddod i nabod ein gilydd, a fel ‘na fydd hi drwy’r cyfnod cyffroes yma o ddarganfod a chwarae gyda’r ddrama yn ystod y cyfnod ymarfer. Dwi ar fy hapusa mewn ystafell ymarfer gyda actorion da a drama dda, a dwi’n lwcus iawn i gael y ddau! 

Nethon ni ddechrau’r dydd gyda darlleniad o’r ddrama, gan yr actorion, a’i amseru! Ni’n lwcus bod Alun a fi wedi cael cyfle i weithio ar y sgript dros y misoedd dwetha, er mwyn ei chwtogi ar gyfer Caeredin, lle bydd slot digon llym o 1 awr gyda ni!Felly sdim amser i’r actorion i oedi i gofio llinell, neu unrhyw fath o saib ‘dramatig’ (neu rhech!)  achos roedd y darlleniad cyntaf bore ma’n 1 awr a 3 munud!Lle i wella ar hynny dros yr wythnose nesa, fel bod digon o amser i bawb gael chwerthin yn ystod y sioe orffenedig.

Da ni hefyd yn croesawi Jess Williams i’r tim eleni. Dwi wedi gweithio gyda Jess sawl gwaith yn y gorffennol, ac mae ei gwaith fel cyfarwyddwraig symud yn gelfydd a chreadigol, ac mae hi’n dod ag egni hyfryd i’r ystafell. Dwi’n edrych ymlaen , drwy ei gwaith hi,  i ddarganfod iaith corfforol y darn. Rhywbeth dwi’n awyddus iawn i ddatblygu tro yma wrth ail-ymweld a’r cymeriadau a’r byd. 

Yn lwcus, roedd pawb i weld yn dod ymlaen yn dda heddiw, ond ar y diwrnod cyntaf, mae pawb yn boleit bob tro, felly gawn ni weld os bydd unrhyw gwmpo mas yn digwydd…na’i gadw chi’n posted!! 

Digon o hwyl i gael, a fel’na fydd hi tra bod pawb yn gweithio’n galed (dwi’n siwr y byddan nhw!) Felly ymlaen yr awn at yfory, a drenydd a thradwy, yn y gobaith y byddwn ni’n neud y ddrama y gore y gall hi fod. Duw da ni’n lwcus cael galw hyn yn ‘waith’.

Ond am heno, nosda.