Like most rational people, I spent the tube journey to my first day as Trainee Director feeling those memorable ‘first day at school’ nerves. However, walking in on your producer listening to the dulcet tones of ‘Womanizer’ by Britney Spears will soon dispel any nervous energy and before I knew it, introductions had been made and the work had started.
We started with a read through of Kayo’s set list: running through the (brilliant) poems one by one and listening to how they fit together. Immediately struck by Kayo’s confidence, it seemed hard to see where Phoebe would push him to – but after a brief, but thorough, vocal warm up (I felt like I was back at drama school, it was brilliant) we got to work.
Phoebe sought about giving the poems a spoken life, working out what physicality would lend itself to the words and understanding the best way to communicate to the audience. Kayo, like all good performers, took to the direction like a duck to water.
Intricate work to begin with, we soon started chopping and changing the original set list, putting in fresh poems, and soon a clear structure materialised. Obviously, this was aided by a well-timed lunch trip to the local, a fish finger sandwich and a cup of Yorkshire’s finest.
After what seemed like no time at all, Kayo performed a complete run through of the work we had done. Then, after a few brief technical glitches, we recorded one poem (you’ll have to buy a ticket to find out why!) and then off into the evening.