A wonderful account of a Roumanian fan’s adventure, almost behind the stage, and meeting Yael Farber, with a stage door photo as well. Thanks to Fernanda Matas who is maintaining (and sticking) the Richard Armitage Appreciation Association Crucible Facebook Page – and she said it’s Ok to cut and paste here for those of you who don’t have access to Facebook.
Here it is:
Me and my friend, we had seats in the back row of the Dress Circle – which was supposed to be fantastic, but it was not. We could hardly see the actors… During the interval, I went downstairs to ask for a switch… although the stalls looked full. I was fortunate enough to meet the theatre’s manager, who helped me right away! Sooo nice! We left the Dress Circle for 2 seats in the stalls, much closer to the action! Also during the interval, I wanted to go out and mistook the actor’s exit aisle for the public one I bumped right into the girls (the actresses)! I realised I could have easily bumped into RA! I went back to my friend laughing, I couldn’t help it! A few moments later I saw the play’s director, Yael Farber, only a couple of seats away from me. She had been taking notes all the time. I went to greet her and to congratulate her and she was very nice, she thanked me many times.
Alright, now back to the play itself!
Glad I had waterproof mascara, really! Phew!
The Crucible has an eerie atmosphere, excellent lighting and sound, is thrilling, dark and intense. Considering the reports from the first preview, I guess they made quite some changes within the play. The strange, mysterious first scene had all the actors on stage. I could immediately spot RA in that crowd, thanks to his height and to his broad shoulders. Throughout of the play we could hear a lot of the armitagean roar – and I mean A LOT! He was screaming his lungs out. The second part of the play had him roaring like a raging lion almost all the time!
But back to the first part… sorry for being so chaotic! The washing scene happened earlier this time. I certainly did not expect it, given the first reviews! Most of you already know what is happening… so let me add just this: the scene is fire lit! Yeah… Richard taking off his shirt and splashing water onto himself by the light of the fire… They knew what they were doing there, they knew it! Apart from this, I may have expected some exaggerated sexualised scenes, as well as violent ones, but I can say the play stayed within some decent limits. I’m glad there was nothing really scandalous about it. There was, however, an unbearable tension. I knew all that was going to happen in Arthur Miller’s play, but this staging thrilled me so.
I loved how John Proctor defended his wife, there was such an intense feeling delivered by RA. I loved how he was shouting his lines, at some point I really felt like I have Thorin in front of me. H, he actually had a line that was something like this:”There could as well be a dragon in my house!!”, which made me think “Well, Thorin, you actually have one! Smaug got the mountain!” Also another roared line – “We will buuuuurrrnnn together!!!!” certainly reminded me of Thorin!
What else can I say, I’m still feeling as if it was all in a dream! Oh, yeah, I did get to meet him at the Stage Door We waited patiently and he came out in silence… My friend greeted him first and then I mentioned she came all the way from Australia. RA showed his amazement, of course. Then she said I came from Romania and then it was my turn to have my photo with him. I mentioned to him “I was at The Hobbit premiere in Madrid in winter, but I missed my chance to take a photo!”, to which he replied “Oh! I LOVED that premiere!” Then I thanked him for the great performance and he said “thanks for coming!” with a lovely humble smile… He was humble and shy all the way… I can’t tell too much, I guess the only physical detail I remember is that he suddenly grabbed me to have the photo taken and I put my arm around his back. It was a moment of “there he is, in the flesh…” I was shaking like a leaf and was so nervous, that my body sort of went into survival mode, trying to drag me away from there. So I left quite quickly, letting him deal with the rest of the queue.
I will be back, anyway!
I can totally understand the shaky leg feeling. Your recap is wonderful and I am glad you got better seats. I think you will enjoy seeing the play again as that will help you absorb more of it. I am so happy you met the director too and bumped into the girl actresses.
Thank you! I am sure I forgot some very important details… will post tomorrow after I rest! The most important is that… it all felt really wonderful. I haven’t processed as many details as other people, but I clearly remember one sensation: that I was standing next to an angel… a very special, good, kind person. That’s how I perceived him in that moment. This was all beyond the handsome, sexy man… beyond the gifted actor…. Usually I’m good at sensing people… and this was the overwhelming feeling i had.