Seven of us, wide eyed and positive in the face of the unknown.
We were calm, lounging around barefoot in this massive space with incense smoke drifting through the air and the time to luxuriously critique the house coffee.
With a rainbow spectrum of sharpie pens and a mile long of roll of sugar-paper we were Bohemianism uncensored.
We were unshackled and loose with a brainstorming board and an imagination unbound by silly technicalities like actual venue practicalities and a budget.
It's not like that now.
Over the next four days our team which has now grown to over 20 will be in and out of this room frantically planning, measuring, practicing, creating, filming, budgeting ... occasionally freaking out.
We have been thrust sharply back into reality and the shackles of our show budget are heavy.
The cuffs of practical health and safety measures in a Theatre space are tight.
The looming date of opening night feels like a speedily approaching Judgement Day.
Yep. Proper dramatic stuff.
The first job is always setting up the equipment.
Here is Blueshed in action -
I love how he works like a painter.
Three full lengths of table draped with wires and electrical tape and computer chip things.
I always imagine people who are technically minded enough to even understand how this stuff works to be very minimal and organised and methodical.
None of the above.
Toms tables look like an artists table.
Tom has two tables set with LED boards and Lexy, Laidee and Izzie from our costume design team are busy testing and discussing the effects of LED lighting through different materials.
Questionable suggestions of where we could hide the battery packs keeps morale high...
She creates stunning illustrations and paintings.
Ornate, slightly dark and beautifully inspired by nature.
She is also a kick ass tattoo artist HERE.
Really high energy and incredible visuals.
Here's a little stop motion piece i put together from a selection of slow shutter stills i took during his performance.
One in particular stole my heart, this extraordinary family photo album complete with a magical working little music box built into the back was just beautiful.
10/10 charity shop find score for Guy.
Ben in Space.
I've got the task of filming her act for show footage.. a gorgeous ode to the 1927 film Metropolis.
4 full days in and it feels like we have just started.
The general feeling is that we haven't even scraped the surface of the vast amount of stuff we have to complete and polish before we are ready to even rehearse properly for our opening date.
We get a last chance to test out the effect of masking on some of our footage before the projectors get dismantled.
Synchronistically, about the same time a message comes through from Arabella Reynolds.
She pulled an all-nighter drawing frame by frame animation of a moth cocoon so we would have a chance to test the theory of how the animation will work on the large projectors whilst we are here.
Which is exactly the 'can do' attitude i'm talking about really.
I know everyone is feeling a little overwhelmed at the change of pace.
But we have been here before.
And we pulled it out of the bag.
I got faith, yo.