Exit Stage Left

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fourth Wall.”

Fourth Wall

You get to spend a day inside your favourite movie. Tell us which one it is — and what happens to you while you’re there.

Hey Ho,  I did this post back in October with the Caretaker: https://sandmanjazz.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/the-caretaker/

So rather then think of another film I am going to go back to my theatre days and admittedly Murder in the Manor, the play in which for two performances I took my clothes off on stage.

This was a very odd set up in how this particular set up arrived in its entirety,  the play was written with what can best be described as both a PG rated version and a 15 version and there was some debate as to whether we’d do both versions. The 15 version had a bit more colourful language a few extentions to a number of scenes but it wasn’t overly different and not a huge amount of extra line learning was required. We did initially rehearse the PG rated script and I think it was rehearsing the scenes leading to my character’s demise the thorny issue of performing the scene came up. The character I played was a jack the lad type and was required to hit on one of the female characters leading to him almost getting his end away. He meets a sticky end before he gets lucky and has the misfortune of being killed “stage left” as to not reveal the identity of the killer. So I was denied a dying scene, but still needed to have a few crimson stains added to my torso which in the PG version were not very visable,  15 version a bit more noticeable.  Anyway we were rehearsing the scene and it came to the intimate scene, which even at PG level is a little awkward as we had to stage a kiss and undress to our underwear, this took a few rehearsals to get the flow right without it being too mechanical or seeming forced. So we did the first run through of the play and all was good, well as good first run through go, and a bit afterwards the director said we’ll run through bits from the older script next rehearsal.  So make up had more fun with murder victims,  people got to swear a bit and then it came to the intimate scene. At this stage we had got our choreography down quite well and we didn’t think much more about it, until the director said to lust it up a bit which we mostly did with hands wondering a bit more and then the lady made a feel downstairs, not dramatically but enough to prompt the director to rethink the scene. After a bit of deliberation it was decided that she would take her bra off and I would remove my boxers and bare my bottom to the audience. Needless to say more skin got showed then originally intended and this where it all goes a bit fourth wall as it begs the metaphysical question as to who is the naked person? The character or the actor?  Obviously physically it is the actor but is the actor who is being seen from the audience’s point of view? As are they not watching the characters rather than actors?  Or is that too meta for the daily prompt?


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