It seems like only yesterday that the 2012-2013 STEP UP Creatives ensemble met at NP HQ for the first time, and yet the intrepid group of twelve emerging performers, designers, stage managers and directors are nearly at the end of their time with us. As with last year’s ensemble, their year as part of New Perspectives’ STEP UP scheme has culminated in them touring a show they have created using the winning scripts from the DREAM UP writing competition we held earlier in the year. This year, writers were asked to respond to the phrase ‘starting out in the East Midlands’ and the ensemble chose four scripts to work with, all of which say something about what it is like to be in the East Midlands here and now. Over the past few months they have worked to combine these scripts into one piece of theatre, and written their own original material which expresses their feelings about the region. Due Course is the result of that work.
Last week the group joined us at New Perspectives full-time for six days of intensive rehearsal to put the show on its feet. As if creating and rehearsing a piece of theatre in six days wasn’t enough of a challenge, during the week the ensemble were also put through their paces learning Lecoq physical theatre techniques, and taking part in yoga, mindfulness, Alexander technique, voice work, script-writing/editing/dramaturgy, devising and improvisation. Our two designers have designed, sourced, built and painted the set from scratch; and along with our two assistant stage managers, bought and made costumes and props including everything from a wetsuit to various different realistic looking alcoholic drinks which get consumed in the show. With our very own composer in the ensemble we’ve also had original music created for the whole play.
Due Course opened at Create Theatre in Mansfield on Tuesday evening to a warm and enthusiastic audience response, and the ensemble had another successful and well-received show at the Assembly Rooms in Derby last night. After a day off today, the tour will continue at Manton village hall in Rutland on Friday evening, Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham on Saturday, and Thurgarton village hall in Nottinghamshire on Sunday.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see the work of talented writers and emerging creatives and performers from the region all in the space of 65 minutes!
Associate Director, New Perspectives