The Battersea Arts Centre's Council Chamber was the site for an evening of theatrical magic recently, all as part of this years Freshly Scratched Festival. There were six young companies all together, each with a short work-in-progress performance to showcase, and get that all important feedback for the development of their piece. I think it's safe to say we were a little unsure how our creation would go down, and with a rehearsal box that was literally falling apart at the seams, who knew if we would even survive the 10mins required of us?
But, as is so often the case, things came together in the end, and we were completely overwhelmed by how well Bits & Box was received. We managed to secure audience attention (always useful), get a fair few laughs and even a clap-a-long, at one point. Events like Freshly Scratched couldn't be better for young companies like us, and not just for the laughs and the applause. It's ever so easy to forget how important the audience are in creating drama - particularly the evocative, nostalgic comedy we were aiming for. Getting the opportunity to hear what others think of your premise, your teaser, and then be able to go away and readjust your focus is invaluable. Not to mention highly enjoyable.
The festival runs at the BAC for another few weeks yet, so (especially with the incredible Pay What You Can tickets) there's no reason for anyone to miss out on some great theatre, and the chance to offer your input in making it the best it can be. Head on over to the website for details and ticket info.
So, our first performance has taken up a sizeable chunk of 'AndOn time recently, but there's always a little bit more to be doing and pushing for. Here's a little catch-up on what we've been up to:
Contracts have been signed and hype is being whipped up like egg whites. Creative Youth and IYAF are working like madmen to get everything sorted for what is guaranteed to be an amazing summer of Arts. The brochure is due out in a week or so, but in the mean time, tickets are on sale online, or by calling the Rose Theatre Box Office on 08444 821 556. We, of course, will be busy ourselves with creating the rest of Bits & Box. Gotta love a challenge!
Now set in stone for the third week in August, 'AndOn will be running a week of exciting, energetic workshops around the themes of imagination and getting creative with what you've got at hand. You're never too young to get playing and we're certainly living proof of that. We hope to get others to start (or re-start) their sense of play during the week. No ticketing info just yet, but we'll certainly keep you posted on workshops and the performance of Bits & Box at the end of that week.
Redbridge Drama Centre:
We've also (he says with baited breath) applied for RDC's Apprenticeship scheme, offering support, rehearsal space, performance opportunity and mentoring for young companies. Applications close next week, so hopes and prayers are that we'll hear some good news from them really soon. In the mean time, have a little read of what RDC have to offer...
Just a small success, but one I was really (sadly) pleased with. We made it to 100 Likes on our 'AndOn Facebook page. I'm dead chuffed. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, and is continuing to do so. 'And if you haven't 'Liked' us yet... snap to it!
That's about it for now. We've plenty to be busying ourselves with in the meantime, and when it happens you'll be the first to know.
Stay posted, and thanks for reading x