Nearly four weeks into rehearsals into Ben Hur and we’ve hit the halfway mark. Thankfully we’re told we’re ahead staging wise, but the costumes are a bit behind. I would say get their act together, but 1100 costumes clearly require more than a few talented knitters and a spindle or two. I’ve offered my crochet skills but it’s really only a hobby and I doubt they’d prove useful in the stitching of Roman garments or armour.
Some of the set has been sent back to be adapted and fitted up fully whilst new bits of set are arriving each week. The arena is now fully rigged with light and sound, replicating if not surpassing the standards of Metallica’s last tour we’re told - crikey! And so everything seems to be coming together.
One of the huge pleasures of this job is being a part of something totally new and original - nothing on this scale has ever been tried before and so how we go about creating it is also a bit of a unknown process. Timings are tight and we have an awful lot to do, so we are often reminded “we have no time to waste”.
This got me thinking.