Just a quick one today because I'm absolutely exhausted.
Had a character workshop for 3 hours today. Started with a warm up, then moving around the space in character, getting a feel for how they moved and how they inhabit a space, then we hot-seated every character. This took a long time, since there are a lot of cast members and i wanted it to be pretty in depth. Some people were amazing, very involved, very intense, had obviously thought about their character and were completely immersed in the exercise. Some people seemed to not be bothered at all. We finished with an exercise where each character goes up to three other characters and in turn tells them each something that is true, but not expressed in the play. I've done this before in rehearsal and it has made people cry, and I've done it before where people didn't give a shit. Again, some people seemed to get the exercise and some people couldn't be bothered.
Overall i guess the session went pretty well. We did a debrief afterwards, talking about what we learned, what people felt worked and what didn't, and how the exercises affected their thoughts about characterization or the relationships between characters. Most people seemed to find it useful, so hopefully it wasn't a wasted evening.
I think sleep is the best idea right now.