Salisbury Playhouse’s Stage 65 Youth Theatre is devising a piece of theatre in response to an exhibition, British Art: Ancient Landscapes at Salisbury Museum. I am assistant director to Alex Evans from Kazzum on the project, also working alongside Stage 65’s youth theatre director Dave Orme. As the performance will take place outdoors, we’re working between the Salisbury Playhouse rehearsal room and the grounds of the museum, including one slightly soggy rehearsal but the rain can’t dampen our enthusiasm (pun intended)!
Last week rehearsals for A Sublime Feeling kicked off to a great start.
We’ve been building ourselves as a company; playing lots of games and Zip Zap Boing! As the exhibition features heavily on Stonehenge, we’ve discussed what we know, questions we have, how we feel about it, and what we imagine.
The young company has also begun working with sticks. Throwing them, creating rhythms, using them to build shapes and transform into objects to be used in the piece. Storytelling skills have also been developed, and we’ve begun to devise movement.
During the week we did some writing exercises and the young company each wrote a poem in response to a picture. Their words are incredibly powerful and we’re looking forward to bringing them to life on stage.
They also created colourful sacred spaces as well as exploring different ways to create a soundscape using a microphone and different materials such as rice, sand and stones- slightly messy but incredibly effective.
On Friday we shared what we’d been up to with the team at Salisbury Playhouse. The young company performed brilliantly and after we’d cleared up, we finished with silly songs and the Macarena.
The perfect end to a great week.
A Sublime Feeling runs in The Garden of Salisbury Museum, The Close, Salisbury from Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 August 2017. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit www.salisburyplayhouse.com