Understudies follows a day of rehearsal in which seven performers all inhabit the singular role of The Actress.
Across a 13 minute long-take, variations of Nina’s monolog from Chekhov’s The Seagull are rehearsed;
atomising the text by means of seriously playful repetition to render it both sublime and ridiculous.
Simultaneously, the labour of staging oneself is made visible, questioning who is permitted to inhabit the figure of ‘The Actress’ in dominant regimes of looking.
Writer, Director, Editor:Melanie Jame Wolf
Performers:Mmakgosi Kgabi Kate Strong parisa madani Martini Cherryfurter Selin Davasse Luisa Rodriguez Lulu Obermayer Louise Trueheart Ivanka Tramp
Sound Recording:tint filmkollektiv