Rehearsals for A Thousand Seasons Past in full swing!
Over the past few months work has been underway to put together a project to discover and celebrate the history of the Wapping Wharf site. The Wapping Wharf project is an exciting chance for local Bristol young people to investigate their local heritage and start upon a challenging creative project. In partnership with Bristol Old Vic Young Company and Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives the cast and steering groups have learnt how to access the archives and the history of the site and put their investigatory skills to the test – now the play has been cast and the cast and crew are busy creating a show based on their findings.
Going along to one of the rehearsals during half term proved to be a very fun outing! For many of the young people in the cast this is their first show and director Lisa Gregan is helping the cast explore all that this creative experience can offer; the cast are clearly enjoying the process and are inspired by it, proven by the engaged and well informed discussions and creative ideas that were buzzing around the room. The cast, well in sync with each other by this point, discussed the history recalling their favourite facts and stories and together worked out a story and debated ideas which were then linked back to their own lives- it was all very exciting to watch a group so engaged! From there they started devising short scenes looking at the characters and their status, and through these influences their discussions on the characters we’re taken further in order to gain a richer and more complex view on the people and their history.
Just from this one rehearsal I can’t wait to see the final piece! The show ‘A Thousand Seasons Past’ will be showing August 5th-8th and you can get your free tickets here for what promises to be an engaging and imaginative show of our evocative and exciting local history.
Theatresight: A Thousand Seasons Past
A Travelling Light Youth Theatre and Bristol Old Vic Young Company production.