First of all, massive apologies. I have been snowed under with Plugged In theatre projects first season, Autumn 2014. I hope you haven’t missed me too much!
The last time I left you, I’d just finished the project’s first show, The Elves and the Shoemaker by Silly Boys at The ACE Centre. Since then I’ve had 2 further shows and Stephie, my colleague, has been attacked by an owl. Which I am counting as a show too because it had drama, comedy and action, plus a solid beginning, middle and end.
The show at which Stephie was attacked was called The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Blunderbus at Darwen Library Theatre. It proved to be our first, of what I hope will be many, sell-outs. Alongside the performance, we were also joined by 5 live owls who welcomed children and their families into the foyer and a craft workshop where you could make a lollipop owl. It made for a tense atmosphere as you could just tell one of the live owls had taken a dislike to Stephie.
The other show was a brilliant poetical story called ‘When Trolls Try To Eat Your Goldfish’ at The ACE Centre. It was performed by Dommy B, who you may have seen on the BBC. His energy and enthusiasm on stage was infectious, and over 70 guests enjoyed the chance to join him on stage afterwards for a natter and a workshop. It was so much fun (and no one was attacked by an owl).
Our community groups are coming along well too, and we are pleased to announce that nine of them have picked the shows they want to see for next year. It’s been a real pleasure working with them, as it is already proving that people in the right setting, with the right tools, can love the theatre as much as someone who already considers themselves ‘cultured’ or ‘arty’.
During the sessions we sometimes play a few drama games. One of the most popular is ‘hide the pen’. In this game, one person closes their eyes. Next I will give the pen to someone else in the group to hide somewhere around them. The person with their eyes closed then opens their eyes and has to look everyone in the face, and guess who has the pen. I am not very good at this game because I always get the giggles.
If this sounds like fun, then please let us know if you’d like to get involved via the join in page. It’s not too much commitment and you’ll get a real sense of achievement having helped your community.
You can find out about our future shows on our tickets page.