Working as a freelance illustrator alongside acting really reminds me of the visual aspect of theatre. Often I prepare scenes based on the forms that please my eyes, and it is intriguing to embrace the space through forms and measurements when working with a mathematical author like Lewis Carroll.
The slightest raise of the eyebrow, tilt of the hand, hint of shadow so easily change ones expression. Sometimes I drive myself crazy erasing a pencil line only to replace it one mm apart.
It reminds me of an exercise the company members did during the initial January rehearsals - where we recited text neutrally while hanging upside down, creating a very simple natural distortion. These slight changes can be very effective in creating an atmosphere. Sort of like David Lynch’s scenes played backwards, or the way a neutral mask changes expressivity based on then way a shadow lights it.
Its nice to be reminded of how simple and delicate this art form can be, and how expressivity can be approached from so many angles. Its so interesting how each new project is like putting on several new lenses through which you can examine the world.