So, we have been busy! With some help from a theatrical friend we managed to nab some vital studio space for a day’s rehearsal (similar friendly gestures are always welcome!) and it does make such a difference to be in a theatre environment. We furthered our box exploration and had a good play and, though we had already spent a great deal of time in this ‘Stage One’ experimentation, we realised just how great that foundation will be and how many more unturned stones there are to find. We improvised, devised, practised and plotted and opened up worlds of characters that, among others, went leopard-shopping, dog walking and great escaping! We have sparked so many ideas that we like but these have just sparked yet further inspiration and research. As you can tell we’re not giving too much away in the vain hope that you’ll stay posted and ‘follow our journey’ all the way to performance. And more than that – embrace your inner-child and see where your mind takes you next time you see an empty box.
As part of ‘AndOn’s exploration for ‘Bits & Box’ and the company at large, we have set out to continually look for new opportunities and to speak to as many helpful folk as possible. This lead us to recently enjoying a great afternoon and most interesting chat with Mike Alfreds (renowned director, founder of Shared Experience and author of a great read, Different Every Night: Freeing the Actor) where we spoke about our vision and where we were at with Bits & Box. Mike proved a seemingly bottomless well of anecdotes, hints, and tips encouragement for us, and we really can’t thank him enough for seeing us, teaching us, and even asking to keep up-to-date with all our goings-on. His belief in the skill of the performer and his notions of storytelling were quite incredible to listen to, and he has certainly inspired us to work harder, keep pushing, and not forget our most valuable resource: our audience.
We love the fact that the company and our ideas are slowly growing and we hope that with your help re-tweeting, liking, commenting and following we can continue letting more people know about what is happening with ‘AndOn Theatre. Keep plugged in for more news on the show, upcoming workshops and meetings, and always remember how much theatre can make a difference... though only if the word gets out.
Until next time.