4th May 2018
Wow! What a week!
First of all, I just want to do a quick shout out to everyone who took part in March’s St George’s Fayre – it was a great day and our youth theatre performances were brilliant, so well done to all of you! I hope everyone enjoyed the day, and got to see at least one act perform, because they were all great. I also really enjoyed the 60s,70s ad 80s theme that was on the Market Place, so much effort went in to making it look so good – great job everyone.
This week our Connections group took their show ‘When They Go Low’ by Natalie Mitchell to The Garage in Norwich, and we had a brilliant day. The group took part in a fun workshop to help them warm up their bodies, voices and minds ready for the show and the day ahead. This workshop was really good to watch from a directors point of view, as it is always good to learn new exercises to do with your groups.
Working with the tech staff at The Garage was a pleasant experience as always – they were very supportive and helpful with the group. This is the first show Jess has done tech for, and doing it in a different venue was a bit daunting for her – the Technical Lead at the The Garage showed her how to use the lighting and sound board, and he felt confident enough to leave her to run the show by herself. She did a wonderful job, and our music and lights were fantastic. Jess has an eye for what lighting looks good in scenes, and I hope she continues to do tech in some of our other shows. During our tech at The Garage the group had to do something they hadn’t done before – a cue to cue.
A cue to cue is where we do a few lines before a lighting or sounds change, do the change then do a few lines after the change. I think this took a bit of getting used to – as it was totally new to them, but they got stuck in and focused on what we were doing (doing a cue to cue does require a lot of focus!). I hope doing this helped them, and also taught them a bit more about professional theatre.
The show itself was a lot of fun. Glen and I sat at the back of the auditorium – which was a different experience, as it was a bigger space, so the show felt very different from further back. I think being in a bigger space was very different for the group as well – they used the space well and interacted with the audience well, but it was more difficult for the group to fill the space with volume. They did a brilliant job however, and everyone really enjoyed the show. (It is great as a director to watch the audiences reaction!). Thank you to the parents that travelled from Fenland to Norwich to see the show a second time!
Whilst we were there we also got to see some other youth groups perform; Ceasefire Babies by Fiona Doyle and These Bridges by Phoebe Eclair Powell are both Connections shows as well, and were very well performed by young people.
All in all, it was a fun day. I love being part of the National Theatre Connections Festival, performing brand new, interesting, fun shows – and getting to take the group to Norwich for the day, to perform there and watch other shows – it’s just awesome! Fingers crossed we get chosen to perform in London, and double fingers crossed we get to take part in this festival again next year!

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