Some of you may remember this time last year, when NTC 14 “Heritage” was about to air?
A rehearsal prop or two left in the space
Script pages lying crumpled about the floor of Spires 1
The odd drama rumbling from behind closed doors as you wait for groups to start
Shrieks and the occasional yell as you pass by on your weekend way !
The sound of laughter and…the sometime witness of tears in the back corridor as cast members ” hugged ” it out .
NT Connections season in PACE brings its own peculiar PACE lifestyle.
And though not a part of it, you always still feel connected – even just remotely.
What must it be like to be on the other side of those secret doors?
Is it curious ?
Is it envious?
Is it exciting to think, one day I could be part of that?
or, do you say to yourself , next time…I will be?
The closed doors of NT Connections are about to burst open again , and like a creative seed that was planted way back in the frost of Paisley December…appear as the eponymous tree , our play has now grown to be.
To take a group of 22 PACE and mould them into a cast is hard.
To take a cast of 22 and let lose them in a giant stage play “park” is harder still
We are those “with adventure in our blood” – and ” the world is ahead of us”.
I don’t think I will ever look at a tree in the same way again. I know I won’t ever take the binding roots and strong branches for granted.
Nature really is “pretty cool” – once you ” look up ” from your screen and with a single “different” breath realise that apathy does make “fools” of us all.
Bertolt Brecht had it so right this time; he probably knew a thing or two about trees.
The photograph of him sitting in one (with this post) is proof, that time-out from the usual business of our lives can be most rewarding.
We have billed our Stef Smith epic REMOTE production:
Made in Brecht…Inspired by PACE
There is everything in it for you to become PACE inspired about.
There is top class acting to revel in
There is choral bliss to aspire to
There is visual effect to assail you
There is beautiful language to move you
There is the wonder of “theatre for youth” to affect you
There is “meaning for life” to relate to
There is hope for the future to cling to
There is the chance of a new direction to follow
There are the kind of things to make you stand up and shout
“My name is PACE and I want to be part of this world , yes this dramatic world , forever more…”
It’s not just about being an actual part of National Theatre Connections that matters in the end…it’s about what this process can do for You from now on
You see this Performance is just the start of something better, but you are not going to become ” inspired” – unless you choose to be part of it.
You won’t be able to see the ” youth in theatre ” move around you , unless you move around with them…
You won’t be able to share the strange experience unless you put yourself on the connections stage along with this cast
Theatre is meant to shake your foundations , it’s meant to rattle your cage and have you clawing to free yourself of the drama chains that keep you forever ” small ”
Creative movements start with crazier steps, wishing for something better , wanting something bigger.
The cast are okay with this now. No. Not okay…determined.
It’s best described as a mood now . A lightening ” atmosphere ” around Spires , to blow out old PACE attitude and breath in the NEW.
Fresh air , for fuller drama chests and better forward purpose
We are not finished creating this play yet. And I honestly don’t think we will, right up till the moment we “step out with you” on Thursday the 5th of March’s opening night stage.
Why would we want to ever say this is ended ? …when this whole time , we have given ourself to the possibility, that change is endless…
No play has inspired us so much as young actors, testing our wings in limitless skies of revolution
No text has ever stopped and made us think ” Buck up ” , we love this ” deerly”
No protest will ever mean as much , as the one that made us fight for the right to care!
No Performance will make us ever think again we do this only predictably , without heart , for no real reason.
We are powerful “beyond measure” and only now beginning to see our truer light
The term ” a work in progress ” best describes our journey to this REMOTE place .
There can be no other words than hardest work in connection to it.
Brecht understood work , he understood workers , and he made his life about replaying it on stage , for us to understand that ” everything matters”.
He believed if you start by changing the ideas of the people around you , you create the society you aspire to live in better.
He believed that:
And so we have taken a PACE Hammer to what we think is our old performance ‘tired’ easy ways , we have smashed down the audience actor divide and are building a tree house for us all to climb up to and where we can view this PACE play park, together.
It’s a risk …but what is drama without the fear factor confronting us at every twist and turn
Who wants safe when you can have exhilarating , breath taking , terrifying moments of sheer adrenalin ART rush.
This cast will let it all go for you , because they have nowhere to hide and that is the bravest thing you can ever ask any Youth performer to possibly do.
Lock …open …door …push …one step and then the next…Always facing forward .
Maybe this post should go to those that have no expectations of what this means , no preconceived notion of how it should ever be in PACE.
Maybe it’s time to stop looking at those that misguidedly assume they are waiting “in the wings” for their necessary entrance and positively target those others that just maybe occasionally see an email for a show and take the blind leap of faith to ” try it “.
So come on wider PACE membership …all Studio Time Intermediates and Juniors and Seniors , all Foundation Theatre and Chrysalis programmes:
Nothing adventured , nothing regained, or ever attempted.
One thing we have all , as part of this ‘Remote’ project , leaned along the NTC 15 way, is that nothing comes to those , who sit silent , watching the wider world just pass them by…
Futures need to be grabbed , shaken and moulded by more expressive ones, who want to make a resounding difference , a lasting impression , and in the end ” leave ” here fully grown, not faded and grey .
” look at all the Grey ” says Antler …( at a key moment in the play ) …” It’s all so grey!”
And it often is , just that, grey …for all of us , somewhere, sometime…
But there is always something special, something deeper , something golden…
” if you just look ”
And don’t miss it, before it’s too late…
#face with a winking eye
National Theatre Connections “Remote” by Stef Smith
Thursday 5th March – Saturday 7th March 2015 – 7.30pm
(promenade performance show )
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