The star-studded cast of Last Legs is just about to hit the boards of Circa One for their return season after their record-setting premiere season.
Back in the rehearsal room and days away from their second opening night we spoke to VIVIEN BELL about her role in Last Legs and preparing for the repeat season.
“Last Legs is great because I allows you to have a laugh at yourself. The characters are quite broad and growing old disgracefully, so you can laugh at them and recognise their traits, petty concerns and issues that you might recognise in people you know, or even yourself.
Coming back to rehearsal room and preparing for the return season has been really nice and more relaxed. We are so familiar with the work, and it’s nice to have the lines learnt and feel secure, and also to come back to all your friends.
At the beginning of the week’s rehearsal I think people were taking more risks and exploring more than they did whilst rehearsing for the first season because we are confident and it hasn’t been such a long gap that you can’t get it all back for opening night.
Certainly on of the benefits of doing a repeat season is this extra awareness of what my character Kitty is like and what she was perhaps intended to be. She is quite sexy – she uses sex as a means to get by and afford to live in this expensive, upmarket retirement village – though she doesn’t like to admit it. I feel more now, with the second season, that she’s quite a hard-nosed businesswoman, and was worried about where she would end her days.
For those coming back to see it a second time I would like to say that it is faster and slicker, but I’m sure the audiences will be the ones to tell us that. We haven’t changed anything in Roger’s script, but coming back to a show and re-rehearsing we always find something new in the characters, jokes and situations.
I think our audiences will see some things they might have missed the first time around.”