Behind the scenes of Pan Pan's 'The Rehearsal, Playing The Dane'
Pan Pan’s 'The Rehearsal Playing the Dane', opens at the Festival tomorrow following a number of successful previews over the weekend. To audition or not to audition that is the question though. Over the weekend all Hamlets performed. So now it's your turn, come see and vote for who you wish to play the Dane.
Gavin Quinn appears to be the last director in Ireland who would throw his book across the room. As the second act of The Rehearsal: Playing the Dane unfolds, from time to time Quinn gently insinuates himself into the set, and guides the action along the way in which he would prefer it happen. Actions are repeated, by actors who are happy enough to do so, and the work flows, with very little intervention from any of the production team.
In a play that’s already well-haunted; each audience member is bound to bring in the spectre of the Dane that he or she has seen and admired, and has designated as the “perfect Hamlet”; upon seeing the play anew, many may wonder if the actor who is about to tread the boards can meet the expectations of the beloved shade (mine is Ralph Fiennes, in the Almeida production directed by Jonathan Kent in 1995; the production was excellent, but I also had a terrible schoolgirl crush on the actor, so take it with a grain of salt.)