In the rehearsal room - Winter Hill

In the rehearsal room - Winter Hill

Join Alex, as he tells us what it has been like to work as Assistant Director on the world premiere of 'Winter Hill' by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

The amazing thing about Winter Hill is that it is written by a woman, directed by a woman, and has an all-female cast. It has been inspirational working with the team on this extraordinary play. Here is my experience!

Rehearsals began four weeks ago. The cast arrived and everybody read through the play together, establishing the facts of each scene. We then broke scenes up into smaller units – these are moments when there are gear-shifts in the drama.

During the second week, we got up from the table and started to work through the scenes, piecing the play together.

We weren't just confined to the rehearsal room to do this, though. The whole team ventured up Winter Hill to act out a few scenes, with Bolton as our backdrop. Being on the Hill where this play was set was inspirational for us all, and we felt especially lucky that it didn’t rain! Working up on the moors allowed the locations of the play to become living, breathing spaces. 

Now it's finally time for the team to move into the main auditorium to rehearse ahead of the play’s opening.

As we get closer to opening night, Saf (our Deputy Stage Manager) has been ensuring that the transition is as smooth as possible. There is a buzz amongst the team about getting into the new space seeing the set for the first time!

This has been my first time in the rehearsal room, so it has been brilliant month. Witnessing the play come to life, and helping in that process, has been fascinating. Everyone here at the Octagon is excited about sharing this brand new production with you.

You can see the amazing all-female cast perform Timberlake Wertenbaker's brand new play Winter Hill from Thu 11 May until Sat 3 June.