Miming is traditionally associated with painted faces, striped t-shirts and a lot of boxes to get trapped in, but the mime in Our Town isn’t quite that style. Assistant Director Rebecca Hill explains:
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town is considered to be a modernist or minimalist play in style, as many of his stage directions dictate that aspects of the world be mimed. This presents a challenge to the actors – they need to physically depict imaginary objects (and animals!) using just their bodies in reference to them, in a way that is accurate and recognisable to the audience.