In the afternoon I met my friend Edmund for a drink in a little coffee shop in Higashimatsubara. As well as being a fellow physicist, Edmund is also one of my sempi, and we had a very reassuring chat regarding the difficulties of learning Japanese, and the intricacies of being a scientist in Japan. This discussion reaffirmed my decision to pursue a theatre based work placement, and gave me confidence that I am not a complete incompetent when it comes to learning the language. These two epiphanies were accompanied by a delightful latte, complete with the world’s smallest pot of cream.
This evening I had my first proper rehearsal for ‘Picasso at the Lapine Agile’, and it appears that we are going to have a great show. The director has a very clear vision, my fellow actors are immensely talented, and I don’t have to bother with a German accent for the young Einstein. Having played with the accent for the last couple of weeks, I was delighted to have the director tell me that: ‘We don’t need the accent because I want people to be able to hear YOU clearly’, I’m still not sure if that was a compliment or not, but it means that the world has been spared from a camp Arnold Schwarzenegger, for now at least.