Today was the first day of my work placement, for which I was due to report to the theatre’s reception at 10:00. Thankfully I arrived at Setagaya Public theatre at 09:30, because when I did I realised that I was at the wrong place! A couple of frantic emails and trains across Tokyo later, and I finally arrived at Saitama Arts Theatre. Not exactly the best of starts to a work placement, but thankfully the meeting which had been held for my benefit was only delayed by approximately ten minutes, and I think that my well rehearsed self-introduction went someway to making up for my earlier near-catastrophic error.
I’m still not entirely sure what my role is going to be at the theatre over the next 6 months, but if today is anything to go by then I am in for a fascinating and mostly incomprehensible ride. The theatre is currently in final preparations for a new show (‘The Wasteland’), which opens on Saturday, and so I spent the afternoon watching six hours worth of rehearsals, getting unparalleled access to how the directors and actors work. This was all after a morning meeting (where someone said something about an ambulance, and then asked for my reassurance that Hamlet was a long play), and lunch with the boss which I had been a little terrified about, but which ended up being a chat about why I love theatre, interspersed with comments about my ‘unbelievable height’. I’m due in again tomorrow at 10, and this time I feel confident of actually going to the correct bloody place!