Saturday, 18 September 2010

Tales From The Middle Of Town

Behind closed doors of the shopping centre, hidden away in what used to be a busy book shop are NIE-ers hard at work...

"Be careful of your imagination, it can get you into trouble..." If this quote is true then the children who wrote the stories to fill up this show should be in very big trouble...

Rehearsals were magical as the words of the children literally transformed before our very eyes. I loved every second from start:
To finish:

But the shop opening had to be my favourite part. Not only did i get to pretend to be a shopkeeper for a while, but i also got to see gleeful children peek in through the shop door and the inquisitive look on the face of every passer by. As a born and bred citizen of Peterborough, i know how much the city is desperate for something like this to happen. And thankfully it did happen.

It was beautiful and magical.

I feel so priviledged to have worked alongside NIE on this production and to have witnessed their magic first hand. And i just hope that this show has some influence over the generations of Peterborough. I hope it encourages them to always love and cherish stories. So stories in this area will always continue to "be in progress".
Written by Lianne Harvey.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Finland- Helsinki Festival

When we visited the Helsinki Stage Festival last time 4 years ago, the founder of Korjaamo Raoul Grünstein took us in to the tram museum next door and said: ” Next time around I will have made this into a great theatre space ” And so he truly did. There are still some trams left on the edge of the space.

The new space of Korijaamo is not only a good space, but also its got fantastic technical equipment and the fastest and nicest technicians in Europe so far this year.
Here is a picture of Elke and the crew. They are so superfast that my Iphone hardly managed to make a capture of them.

We were playing Everything Falls Apart on our visit to Helsinki Festival and it was the opening of the season for us. I do not know if it was because of the long holidays for some of the actors, but someone came up with a new exercise called Pac Man. Simply based on the classic computer game. It’s a great way to do something silly without spending too much energy.

We are now off to Peterborough for the final rehearsals on Tales from The Middle of Town.
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Kjell Moberg- Associate Dircetor