The Eloquence of Gibberish
by Estelle Rosen
Rebecca Currie is a Cape Breton born Jill-of-all-trades, currently based in Halifax, NS. She has worked with Lions Den Theatre and Vile Passéist Theatre as an actor, stage-manager, dancer and choreographer. David Ives's The Universal Language is her first directing credit. It will be presented with Ives's Babel's in Arms (directed by Matt Downey) in the Atlantic Fringe Festival from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8 Universal Babble is produced by Lions Den Theatre.
I first became involved in theatre as a singer and dancer, there was something about the potential for exploring the musicality of the text and the rhythm of how people speak and move. I treated the play like a silent comedy and though some of the actual Unamunda lines are quite funny, the challenge was being sure that the meanings of the Unamunda words were clear to the audience. As the cast and crew were aware of what many of the words meant due to some nicely placed footnotes by Ives, it wasn't until one of our final rehearsals -- when we had some guests in the room -- that we felt we'd accomplished this.