Wowee, things are starting to hotten up in The Rules rehearsal room! We've been spending some time getting to 'grips' with the play...and when we say 'grips' we don't mean metaphorically...
A play about killers was never going to be an all-dancing, smiling, cheerful affair - these characters have bite and they're not afraid to, er, express themselves if they feel a bit hard done by.
So we spent a good morning going through a few of the 'rougher' sections of the play - our pyschos might be out to do some damage to one another but Jez and our actors really aren't!
Fight choreography is not just a bit of fun - it's an essential part of the story telling, much in the way that a song is part of telling the story in a musical. It adds to and furthers the plot, it develops and exposes the relationships between the characters, it creates and heightens the atmosphere - it sits very much within the play and is not separate to or bolted on afterwards as a bit of showmanship.
Despite the dark nature of The Rules, violence for the sake of violence is never something we would encourage or promote, so please don't try any of this at home!