facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown rehearsals (Photo: Johan Persson)

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown rehearsals (Photo: Johan Persson)

Women On The Verge rehearsal diary 2

First Published 15 December 2014, Last Updated 22 December 2014

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown’s Anna Skellern has been practicing her belting, worrying about corpsing and being treated to an unusual performance by the show’s composer…

Rehearsals are intense and in full swing. My fellow cast members continue to amaze. I usually just have to act; these guys are effortlessly acting AND dancing AND singing. Musical theatre actors should get paid triple. 

We’re rehearsing six days a week and so this Sunday I spent sleeping, doing the washing and… well, sleeping. I also managed to see my niece and nephew, who are the world’s two best people… and I am in no way biased. We re-watched Frozen(why do children always want to watch things over and over?!?!) and yes, I did end up singing Let It Go with them; they certainly weren’t appreciative of my new fondness for belting. They kindly mustered all their effort not to look appalled and gently told me “That’s not how it goes, Aunty Anna.”

Thankfully there’s no belting in our stunning new final song, The View From Here, that David Yazbek finished writing this week.

Apparently, back in the day, first read-throughs on Broadway weren’t read by the cast. The writer would read the whole script out loud and the composer would perform the songs. We got a taste of this on Wednesday when the devilishly funny David performed The View From Here. It was incredibly moving and transformative until suddenly half-way through David forgot a section and launched into a particularly inventive series of expletives, sending us all into stitches. I will never forget those words. Neither will the 10-year-old he didn’t realise was in the room.

Tamsin is another one in our team who is so naturally funny she’d probably be able to make you laugh in her sleep. I’m not at all convinced that I’ll be able to make it through a show without corpsing (theatre-speak for laughing out of character). My character, Candela, has a penchant for stating the obvious and the looks that Tamsin gives me combined with that naughty twinkle in her eye make it very hard to stay in character.

Candela is a funny, innocently optimistic, passionate and – how shall I put it – ‘selectively intelligent’ model. It’s a welcome change to play someone a bit girly.

One of the great pleasures of my job is playing wildly different characters. In the past year I’ve played a vicar, a Princess, a saloon owner in the Wild West and a tough police officer. For the past six months, I’ve been shooting BBC1’s new cop drama The Interceptor and playing Kim, a tough tomboy cop who doesn’t suffer fools. So it’s refreshing to play the adorable Candela who’s actually allowed to smile and laugh with abandon.

I’ve heard that children laugh 300 times a day and adults only 15. I am determined to combat this. I add ‘laugh more’ below ‘exercise more’ to my never-ending list of things to do, which pretty much ensures it will never happen.

Whenever we’re not rehearsing I’m trying to exercise; drinking red wine is exercising, right?!? My character is as energetic as a child on Christmas morning. Candela is constantly flinging herself up and down stairs, onto couches, jumping on beds, on people and off large structures in general. And all of this while wearing only one shoe and singing. 

She’s like a little dog who’s so excited to see you that she’s constantly turning in circles. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been that excited since I genuinely thought saw I Santa at the age of six (who’d have known my uncle had got so fat.) So if I’m going to make it to next week, I’d better look at that to do list again.

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown begins performances at the Playhouse Theatre on 16 December. You can book tickets through us here. You can also get a great deal for shows in January and February through our promotion, Get Into London Theatre.

Share

Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.