Diary #8: Something strange has happened

In the end America is about dignity, poetry and humanity. Actress Kate Pendry keeps a diary from rehearsals and preparations for America Ep. 2 - Psychopatriot.

Erik Berg

Dag 1-3 av Kate Pendrys dagboknotater kan leses her, dag 4-7 her, dag 8-9 her, dag 10-12 herdag 13-16 herdag 17-20 herdag 21-23 her.

DAYS 24-27: Performances
Something strange has happened. The usual chaos of opening nights, second nights, third nights ... . the mercurial ups and downs of running in a show ... . do not seem to be with us.

We set sail, and are on course. No icebergs in sight.

We delivered something very good on the first night. It seems this way, at least. After many years in the business one can tell  lukewarm from warm responses. Tom Remlov gave an incredibly eloquent and moving speech in the foyer,  after the first performance. Tom could be and actor at the Royal Shakespeare Company (imho), his choice of words and elegant delivery are captivating. He spoke of the magnetic field of attraction that is Winter Guests (at it's best): Alan’s and Andrew’s chemistry ... the thing that happens with us as a company. The word ‘modest’ was used more than once that night, but Tom spoke of the modesty of great artistry, artistry that dares to be humble. I do think the alchemy worked in this production. On a personal level I experience things before going on stage, and being on stage, that I have searched for throughout my career, but never found. I am convinced this is due to two things:

1) Not being forced to ‘act’ (as in ‘do’ stuff to keep the audience entertained).

2) Superb writing.

Perhaps also, that one is wrestling personal demons, and performing this play is a respite from that battle.

In the end America is about dignity, poetry and humanity.

And it has been an honour to serve.

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Diary #1: Sixth draft

«I don't know if they are conscious or accidental geniuses». Actress Kate Pendry keeps a diary from rehearsals and preparations for America Ep. 2 - Psychopatriot.

Alan Ambulanse

Diary #2: Alan is in the hospital

«Alan is in the hospital now, for observation.» Actress Kate Pendry keeps a diary from rehearsals and preparations for America Ep. 2 - Psychopatriot.

Foto: Erik Berg
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Diary #3: Brangelina and peanut butter candy

«We discuss whether Brangelina is now a redundant concept because of the split ...» Actress Kate Pendry keeps a diary from rehearsals and preparations for America Ep. 2 - Psychopatriot.

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Diary #4: It’s snowing now

"Sometimes when I act opposite her I forget I’m a co-character and find myself thinking Bloody hell, she’s good." Actress Kate Pendry keeps a diary from rehearsals and preparations for America Ep. 2 - Psychopatriot.

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Diary #5: An horrific shock

Our sound fellow Brynjar walked past, putting batteries into a mic-pac. Saw I was crying. Said kindly, “It does feel like doomsday ... “. Actress Kate Pendry keeps a diary from rehearsals and preparations for America Ep. 2 - Psychopatriot.

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Diary #6: It’s like being in a film

I was hit with the shock of Trump’s election, again and again. I’m glad we’re making a thing of beauty. It seems like the right response. Actress Kate Pendry keeps a diary from rehearsals and preparations for America Ep. 2 - Psychopatriot.

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Diary #7: I am absolutely terrified

They say a bad dress rehearsal predicts a good opening night. This was the Donald Trump of dress rehearsals. Actress Kate Pendry keeps a diary from rehearsals and preparations for America Ep. 2 - Psychopatriot.

America Ep. 2 - Psychopatriot, 17.–20. november 2016

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