During Firehouse’s UK’s 2010 creative residence in the US, we invited groups of young people in Georgia into the Stella rehearsal room to watch the performance making process. Young people from Booker T. Washington community center, Mount de Sales Academy, Southwark Playhouse Young Company and Trestle Youth theatre, all were active participants in our rehearsals.
We also arranged a live link up for partnered schools and youth groups in the US and UK to watch and run one of our show’s rehearsals. During this session, we turned the directorial voice over to three groups of young people who were connected to us either live in the rehearsal room, or remotely via skype. As the actors rehearsed a scene from Stella as per usual, we facilitated discussions from the groups of young people in the US and the UK to direct and develop the scene.
This allowed the different groups of young people to connect over the shared experience of this creative process. The actors took notes from the young people who were in Georgia, St Albans, and Southwark, and developed a part of the play according to their input.
We were delighted to be able to give free tickets to all participating young people from the three diverse groups taking part in this unique creative experience.
photos copyright Grant Blankenship