Faye’s Hot Dog Rehearsal Diary: Week Three

Director Faye Merralls gives us a peek behind the scenes on the making of Hot Dog.

The Devil is in the Details

So this week’s rehearsals were all about re-visiting scenes and tweaking various details of the play. But I don’t want to give too much away by honing in on those details…you’ll just have to come and spot them yourselves!

Other rehearsal activities this week have included a bit of game-playing (I love a touch of cast bonding) and prop introduction. This play has a lot of weird and wonderful props (did I mention that one of the leads wears the head of a dog?!) – we introduced The Dog’s head for the first time and the leash and collar…and the muzzle.

This week’s main challenge has been in figuring out the transitions. As you would expect of a play, Hot Dog is split into several scenes and in most rehearsals so far we have been placing our focus on one scene at a time. Now’s the time that we watch, and re-watch, the play as a whole and make sure the scene changes and transitions are fluid to avoid the episodic feel. It’s been about looking at the journey of the play rather than the journey of a singular scene. In this way, you could say that this week has been a contrast of looking at the details and weighing them against the bigger picture.

The third and final week of rehearsals has been my favourite week so far; it’s been an absolute ball and I can’t wait for audiences to see it…I hope you all have as much fun as we have!

Hot Dog is at The Last Refuge from 12-17 March. More info

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