A successful run concludes.

We had a really good run of performances at the Theatre Peckham. Thank you to everyone who came to see us. Thanks also to everyone who supported us as we created the play, managed the production and delivered the performances. Special thanks to the students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Javier Mora, Ben Gunn and Becky Turner – we couldn’t have done it without you.

We hope you like the images from the performances, backstage, before and after the shows. These are taken by Javier Mora and Becky Turner.

We are already planning the next show(s) and will keep you posted!

Nearly there … and Goodbye!

Nearly ready for our performances 30th/ 31st May. Just need to practice, practice practice! Last few decisions being made on the technical side and then the production team can swing into action. For those who haven’t see our earlier posts …
 In January 2017, a pair of swans arrived in Brockwell Park, London. By May, they had taken up residence on a very small island, booted out the geese, constructed a large untidy nest, and laid eggs. Or at least, we assumed there were eggs as the female sat on the nest, apparently never leaving it, for many weeks while the male patrolled the water, fending off all potential enemies. Mini crowds gathered every day, comparing notes and eagerly anticipating the arrival of the cygnets. The most unlikely people talked to each other and bonded over the impending “birth”. This was the first swan family to appear in Brockwell Park for 30 years! More than a year later, the swans are still connecting people of every possible background. You cannot visit the park without talking about the latest developments.
 
We devised a performance around the swan story but with universal themes of, for example, birth and death, migration, arrival, family life, rejection, growing up, gaining independence, love, caring … which we hope will intrigue and entertain, and maybe make you laugh and cry!
 
Tickets are £10 and booking is open at http://encoretheatrecompany.eventbrite.com 
Sadly we also had to say goodbye (for now) to Ben who is off to South Africa … and we wish him well with his projects.

You have to laugh!

You have to laugh! Sometimes producing a performance has its lighter moments. Needing a garden bench for the next show, we ordered one, hoping to have it in time for rehearsals. Open the box, lovely bench, no instructions …. and no bolts to hold it all together. So now it is more use as a … raft?
 
So now, instead of sending the bolts, they are sending us a lovely shiny new package (hopefully complete!), so we will then have one garden bench, plus one garden bench/ raft minus bolts.
 
I am sure there is a play in there somewhere!

Ruffled Feathers taking shape

We are now at a very exciting stage. The script is almost finished (bar the usual tweaking), and we are able to think about staging, lighting, props and costumes! Our two directors, Javier & Ben, are doing a great job. They are both post-graduate students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and have adapted well to working with us (and that takes some doing!)

So now we are busy finding all the things we need for the show like a bench and a litter bin, and working out how to create the dog walkers pets 🙂 You’ll need to come and see the show to find out how we do that.

Tickets are on sale (http://encoretheatrecompany.eventbrite.com) and our marketing posters and leaflets are in the print room, so its all systems go to fill the audience for our 3 shows. See you there!

 

Venue and dates

Things are getting exciting now. We have dates and a venue for our Swan Project performances. We will be performing in the Theatre Peckham, London, on the 30th and the 31st May. We will be doing an evening performance on the 30th, and an afternoon and an evening performance on the 31st.

The script is nearly complete, and rehearsals have been going well. All we need now is a title! Once all the details have been finalised tickets will go on sale via Eventbrite.

It is going to be good to be using the facilities of a local theatre for these performances, and we are all looking forward to it. See you there!

Workshop with Michal Paker

This week we were lucky to have a guest Director – Michel Paker. Michal completed an MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama during which she worked with children and teenagers to improve confidence using drama. Before her MA, Michal had trained in physical theatre and had spent a year in Japan teaching English to Japanese people of all ages. She visited us to help us with the physicality we need to bring to our current production.

Firstly we had great fun exploring ways to express the four elements with our bodies moving from all consumed by the element to only a small part. She helped us to understand how to approach characters through exploring physically which element they may be closest aligned to. We also performed the 4 seasons in dance as we walked in interweaving patterns using our arms à la ‘Pina Bausch‘! Finally we developed dance moves expressing park activities which will contribute directly to the show.

New year, new project

The start of 2018 has brought the start of a new project. We are going to continue with our theme of devised projects. This time we are looking for inspiration from the swans at Brockwell Park. We are very excited to have two students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama acting as the Artistic Directors for this project, and we are looking forward to what this collaboration brings. So far we have an outline framework and a series of concepts, including the use of a park bench which you can see in these pictures. Early days yet, but some interesting ideas and dialogue starting to emerge. Keep watching for more updates, and as soon as we have fixed the venue and dates for performances we will get bookings underway.

Working with our student Directors

Conversation on a park bench

Exercising in the park