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    Default Broken Wings, Glenn Close and The Exorcist

    As many of you know, as well as being the nose for , I work as an actor in the West End.

    Today I started rehearsals for my next show "Broken Wings" by Kahlil GIbran which will open in the West End in a few weeks. The show tells the story of a family in Beirut who slowly but surely move their lives to America in search of a better life.

    I have always been interested in the use of smell in theatre. I recently saw a terrible stage version of The Exorcist. Though the production was truly awful,t hey pumped scented smoke in to the auditorium which transported you from the desert of the Middle East to the incense laden catholic church. A fantastic immersive device. When I performed in "Sunset Boulevard" with Glenn Close; Glenn always wore the same rose scent which helped her connect with her character, Norma Desmond.

    Whilst reading the script today I loved the descriptions of the forests of Lebanon. Gibran writes about the fresh welcoming smell of pine and the way the smell of cedar warms the morning air. It immediately made me think of our fragrance, Forest. Cypress, pine, cannabis, cedar wood and white musk. It was interesting reading about a place that I had imagined when I created Forest and then in turn having flashes of the scent of Forest in my mind as I read the description.

    I intend to take a bottle or two into rehearsals tomorrow. I wonder how changing the scent of our rehearsal space will affect the process.

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    Default Re: Broken Wings, Glenn Close and The Exorcist

    I had the pleasure of seeing "Sunset Boulevard" with Ms Close twice. I can see how a rose scent would help connect to Norma Desmond. I believe it depends on which character you'll be. From what you have written you are perhaps the student or the Father. If this is the case may I suggest Winter or Winter Night from Daesin. They both evoke a forest to me. Regardless, break a leg.

    BTW, I read the notices about the West End version of "The Exorcist". Despite it being solidly "trounced" by the press it did have a decent run didn't it?
    I saw that!!


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