great time for NIE, our rehearsal residency in Peterborough at the Key Theatre has neatly
coincided with the warmest weather anyone’s seen in months. So in between
conjuring sub-zero temperatures, shivering, donning multiple layers and yelling
over the sound of the icy wind, we’ve been having picnic lunches in the
sunshine on Peterborough embankment.
One half of set design team Bicat&Rigby- Kate has had a colourful few weeks, browsing local shops for taxidermy
pigeons, suspending maps from the ceiling of the Key Theatre studio and not
infrequently finding herself covered in PVA glue.
some great feedback from our open rehearsal last week and are now in the final
countdown with one day until the premiere. Though the time’s gone by unnervingly
fast, we’re looking forward to it. Jump into your preferred mode of transport,
be it car, train or sled - don a moustache, and get yourself to Peterborough to see North North
North this week!
We had a great week in residency at The North Wall in Oxford working on North North North. Through the week we looked at how to tell the story, and to find both the comic and poignant moments within it. We played with the use of projection and object puppetry as ways to illustrate the story.
On Friday we had an informal sharing and found the feedback really useful to inform the process.
"Well, @NIEtheatre have a treat in the making with NorthNorthNorth. Great real adventure story, invention & a big balloon. Hope they keep...the leaf blower" @JoannaRidout
We are back to work on the show for final rehearsals at The Key Theatre, Peterborough from the 22 April, with the opening on the 9 May!
Picture of the crashed balloon
Showing how windy it was at the North Pole with the aid of a leaf blower and a cup of coffee!
We have working more on North North North, in particular the part of the story where the three explorers are stuck on the ice... And try to pull their sledge 350 km before the winter closes in around them.
We also went out on the frozen lake again today and tied to pull Margit over the frozen bank of snow. More on this to follow.
We have been doing more work on North North North at our residential space in Dikemark just outside Asker in Norway. These are some pictures of our rehearsal room.
The weather has also been amazing with lots of sunshine, some snow, and some very cold nights (-12). We went out for a walk on the frozen fjord and tried to reproduce Andree's march over the ice flows....
Hi, I'm Holly and I’m excited to say
that I’m the new intern for NIE. As part of my placement I’ll be mainly
focusing on the Peterborough-based projects that NIE have planned for this
Last week we were working in primary schools
round Peterborough picking on some exciting young minds for ideas to turn into
a new show, ‘I will be EVERYTHING’. The workshops focused on the world of the
future, fast-forwarding students to2063 and the terrifyingly old age of 58 and asking them to explain a
little more about their new world! Discussion included the new and exciting and
also the scary and worrying things that the 2060s have in store, with students
presenting their thoughts to their classmates.
Amongst our 58 year old participants we had a
monkey, a ninja, a few dentists, quite a few footballers and one ghostbuster.
We were told of several new inventions, including flying cars, houses that can
get bigger and smaller and a newspaper that has tomorrow's news.
Even new words, ‘Catadogo’ anyone? Someone
from 2063 could tell you that it means, ‘I like your pet’!
It wasn’t all happy news though, in 2063
everyone has red eyes and there is a worryingly growing population of giant
Thank you to all the kids and teachers and
West Town, Middleton and The Beeches primary schools for all your help and
enthusiasm, we can’t wait to starting using your ideas in ‘I will be
After wrestling with fake snow, tree trunks and blowing up hundreds of balloons, sadly, the first show I worked on during my work placement with NIE has come to an end at the Key Theatre in Peterborough. However, we will be back at the Key in May with North North North so we look forward to working with them again. Hansel and Gretel has been great and I have been able to work closely with Cat and Sarah, the Producer and Assistant Producer, which has given me a real insight into what it takes to make a show happen. Hopefully the show will be back at the end of the year, so watch this space!
So onto the next show! We are very excited about our first ever appearance in Wales and one night in Reading with award winning Past Half Remembered. The show will start in Reading on the 26th March at the South Street Arts Centre and then travel over to Cardiff to the Sherman Cymru Theatre for the 27th- 28th March. Ticket are available and it looks to be a brilliant show.
We've had a brilliant time in Peterborough with Hansel and Gretel playing at the Key Theatre this February half term. Here are some of the audience responses to the show:
Alongside the production, we have been working in collaboration with Metal, Vivacity and artist Robyn Woolston to create an artwork in response to the show. Robyn has worked in 3 local Primary schools (The Beeches, Hampton Vale and St Thomas More) to help generate the material, and ran craft workshops over each performance day at the Key Theatre. The result was a beautiful installation picking up key words and phrases from the show, and bringing the forest into the Key Theatre foyer:
Thanks so much to the Key Theatre, Vivacity and Metal and the audiences in Peterborough for making this a really special week!