The actors and director started out by discussing the research they had done on each of their characters and the properties of oil they represented. They proceeded to do an exercise to further ground their characters by writing down the characteristics of oil connected to their own specific character.
They then played a game which helped the actors to understand the physical energy of the oil they were playing. How the oil felt and moved and how it mixed with other oils in different scenarios.
The actors were given their characters and their main inner fears, and how they relate to the outer fear of the Grease Yaka.
They were told to put together a file for their characters.
The actors also explored the physical movements related to oil/grease, personalities, physical appearance, action and behavior, words, and speed of the characters.
The actors divided into their group (beauties, fatties etc) and discussed the details of their characters.
Each character was asked to come up with 5 actions to do with their type of grease and their personalities. Then each group had to link those actions together.
They came up with the specific types of oil relate to each character.
The week was spent character building.
The actors were put in pairs and asked to come up with three scenarios each, of slipperiness and devise short skits.
There were a variety of ideas that came up, ranging from someone running away and trying to scale walls but slipping, to being slid out from under a car as the car falls, to the slipperiness of soap in the shower, to trying to climb a tree or a pole and sliding down.
Afterwards, the actors were asked to choose their two best ideas and push them further. These scenes were used to get into the mindset of greasiness that would go hand in hand with the concept of the play. Establishing scenes like this gives the actors and the director ideas to pull from when putting together the play as a whole.
These exercises helped the actors to understand the type of things they might be doing in their roles in the play, as well as giving people ideas to build on to write the play.