Behind the scenes with Meta - entry 1

Posted on: 15 January 2016

Written by: Vicky Ream

In the first entry of our blog from the rehearsal room of Meta, our Assistant Director, Fi, gives us a insight into what's been happening as the cast start working with the script and puppets!


At the beginning of the week all the different elements of Meta seemed like a jigsaw puzzle that would be challenging to fit together. Fresh to the project I couldn’t quite imagine how the script, performers, video, music, design could combine, and how I could assist. I hadn’t met the cast before day one, but hearing them read through Sarah’s play on the first day was electric, they instantly made everyone laugh and understand the text, enabling a great discussion on how to go forward.


Having trained in devised physical theatre and puppetry, it has been a great learning for me to see Tony’s approach to text and character development. Combining table discussion and physical work (using Laban’s efforts) to get the performers to start to open up the rich world’s of their characters, without making any decisions but just to look at the possibilities that come from the text has been fascinating.


After two days of very focussed character and text analysis, I was let loose for a day with the cast to teach some puppetry and physical theatre! There is some puppetry written into Meta, the narrators puppet the characters in the story so it was a great opportunity to share some of my skills with the cast. It was amazing to see the ensemble work so quickly and well together. Puppetry is very hard, and they all have excellent physical and improvisation instincts, not to mention comic timing. By the end of the week I am really inspired by the whole Meta team, and I can imagine far more clearly how exciting, physical and thought-provoking this piece will be.

You can see Meta at Canada Water Culture Space on 8th and 9th March and Rich Mix on 20th March. Tickets are available on a Pay-What-You-Like basis but booking is essential.

Please book by calling the Box Office 020 8692 4446 (Canada Water Culture Space) or 020 7613 7498 (Rich Mix) or by visiting the venue websites. 


With thanks to

Arts Council England Lottery funded