An inspiring year
Max Kinder has been working in our Education team for the last year with our Youth Theatre Company. In his last blog for us he talked about his busy last few months…
It’s been a very long time since the Youth Theatre have been able to update you on what we have been up to. The last two months have been busy with line-learning, costume-sourcing, face-painting and focused rehearsal time, but finally I can inform you what has been taking place.
During May and June, the company worked on their new production of Macbeth: The Witches’ Tale, with a focus on creating truthful character performances and eerie ensemble scenes.
We agreed early on that, because we wanted to see how the witches manipulate events throughout the play, the core group of witches would remain onstage the entire time; controlling other character’s actions through noises and slight adjustments of their bodies.
They also shared roles, with the actors’ playing Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo and so on having different face-paint designs to show the audience who they were playing, as well as all members being part of the witches’ ensemble (designated by having their hoods up during the performance).
The first few weeks of rehearsal were spent on individual scenes, with each of the 19 scenes getting attention from the practitioners. They also explored on the many collaborative scenes, such as the death of King Duncan and the murder of Banquo.
In the last 3 weeks, we moved into our performance space of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and ran through the production a number of times, focusing particularly on each members’ vocal technique so that they could fill the space and ensure that the story was told well.
To create the experience of a true professional show, not only did our company provide a truly exceptional performance, but there were changes in lighting states, costume and make up that the young people provided and live music to accompany the event.
The performance itself went extremely well. The Youth Theatre had one of their largest audiences of the year in the Playhouse. Friends and family all gathered to see the work that had been created, and came out of the theatre raving about the quality of each actors’ performance and the production itself.
The company themselves had an excellent time performing, and were very happy with the progress that they had made in either confidence, techniques, improvisation or social skills.
On a more personal note, this will be the last blog that I write for the Youth Theatre and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with this company over the last year.
The Youth Theatre have brought both fun and focused work to every Saturday afternoon I worked with them and I left each rehearsal inspired by how dedicated each member was to the production and the team they were a part of.
I wish next year’s Southwark Youth Theatre Company and Youth Theatre Company Manager the very best and hope that you have an excellent time.