The applause dies down, the doors to the auditorium open and as you slowly move with the crowd towards your jacket, your companion asks you: So what did you think?
This is a very difficult question to answer for several reasons: One of them being that even though the experience is still fresh in your mind and not yet settled in your body, emotion and memory we instinctively want to give a complete and satisfactory answer. But what happens if the audience instead of experiencing a perfect and flawless show are invited into the workspace of the theatre? If they get to see a work in progress at an open rehearsal? How may that affect their experience and the following conversation about their experience? Read our reflections on working with open rehearsals in report #8.