I have been lucky enough to have a go at both the performing and backstage aspects of the show. I was originally down as a performer but having recently had knee surgery it was decided that walking and moving as much as I would be in the show was not such a good idea. However, everyone was extremely accommodating of this and I was offered other options and ways to get involved instead of just being told to go home. This created a real sense of belonging within the company and I cannot thank them enough for this. After a while of backstage work (wheeling round speakers, chaperoning the younger kids and adding finishing touches to the sets) circumstances changed and I was given the opportunity to become a performer once again.
Words cannot describe just how much I am enjoying myself here. Everyone has made me feel so welcome and (as cheesy as it sounds) we have all become one big theatre family. I have a lot of gratitude specifically towards the Crow ensemble for welcoming me into their group so late into the process. Steve and Sophie (Kafka and Kaz) have taught me so much and given me new confidence in myself to find new opportunities and jump at every chance I get. And although rehearsals have been sometimes wet and always muddy, everyone has kept in high spirits and worked so hard.
The thing that as really opened my eyes throughout this whole process is the level of respect that is being shown between all the cast members whether young, old, professional or amateur, nobody is pushed aside and all voices are heard. This has given me a whole new insight to how a theatre company should be and this is what it should be like when working with other people.
The shows themselves have been fabulous. I have thoroughly enjoyed every second so far. The audiences have all been so involved and co-operative, always smiling no matter what the weather is like, even when it was pouring down. Performing to such a large audience has been quite a scary prospect but seeing how much they are enjoying themselves means that I can start to relax as well.
I have learnt so many things from this project. Things that I will carry with me forever, not just in the theatre world but in life also. I have learnt to accept new challenges and face my fears. I have learnt that working with a cast of around 100 is an amazing thing but something I would never like to try and organise no matter how lovely the people! (massive respect to Kyla and Charlie and everyone else on the team!) And most importantly I have learnt that no amount of rain will ever stop a Cornishman from doing what they want!
I would 100% recommend this experience to everyone. Whether being involved in theatre is a life goal, a hobby or just something you want to try; it is something you will never forget.