2014 saw us continue and develop our collaboration with the National Youth Theatre. We returned to the wilds of Tehidy woods for a week in May with the NYT REP Company 2014, another group of fearless and fiercely talented theatre makers. We spent our week focussing purely on the techniques of landscape theatre, limiting ourselves to the palette of place and allowing themes to develop instinctively from the environments we discovered.
Alongside devising projects, much of each day was also spent focussing on sound and voice work with Vicky Abbott, both learning songs and creating sound from our surroundings. We were also visited by Su Hart, a song collector and specialist in the music of the Baka tribe of South East Cameroon. She gave us an insight into the incredible hunting tool that is the voice within the rainforest as we explored the importance of collective focus.
And of course, we explored the magic of fire!
Our week was rounded up by a showcase of devised pieces that were developed in the final days. Germinating from tiny ideas at the start of the week, these pieces were skilfully grown through the group’s discoveries along the workshop journey. Another brilliant wild week in the woods!
For two weeks in April we set up camp within the beautiful surroundings of Tehidy woods, Cornwall. Working in collaboration with The National Youth Theatre REP Company and students from Falmouth University we spent time passing on our techniques of landscape theatre and set about cultivating the seeds of wildness sown in October 2012.
Shaun Ellis of The Wolf Centre spent two days with us, working particularly with performers to develop their ‘wolfness’ sharing his valuable knowledge about behaviour within the pack. We also had a visit from Dr Chris Seeley who worked with us to share her knowledge and experience of Black Bears.
Throughout week 2, inspired by our themes and with the aid of costume, props, fire and music we developed a series of encounters throughout the woods. The project culminated in two ‘showings’ where we were able to share our findings with a small audience. What we have discovered over this fantastic fortnight will help us to develop a brand-spanking new Wild-Work later this year. Exciting times!