Monday, 11 August 2008

Riding Lights Summer Theatre School

Cast and Crew

We're back from a one-week residential summer school with the Riding Lights Christian theatre company. What a week it has been! There were 7 courses on offer at Harrogate Ladies College in North Yorkshire: 3 for 14-18 year-olds and 4 for the 19-90s. These included scriptwriting, musical theatre, storytelling (traditional and digital) and the largest course with 24 participants, a staged play. Trevor and I were involved with the latter, where we went through the production process from the initial read-through to a public performance at the end of the week.
The play was Cloudstreet, adapted from Tim Winton's award-winning novel. It follows the lives of two dysfunctional families sharing a large old rambling house in Perth, Western Australia, between 1945 and 1965.
During the first part of the week, both Trevor and I struggled with it all as we felt so utterly out of our comfort blanket. It was more than 5 years since I had performed on a stage and it was Trevor's first attempt. However, as the week went on and we made friends, we did get caught up with the "buzz" of summer school with its theme of 'living in hope'. Performances by the other groups were awesome and we were particularly impressed with the 3 youth groups. With these kids being our future, then our future looks promising.
Cloudstreet, brilliantly directed by Bridget Foreman and Peter Hutchinson, was a huge success and we received some very favourable comments from members of the audience. It was a joy to work with a team of lovely talented and enthusiastic people!
Praise God for a wonderful week, Amen.

Trevor and his "daughter" rehearsing. Peter, the director is on the left.

Trevor checks his lines

More info and pictures can be seen on the Riding Lights blog... click here


Question of Identity said...


Good blog!

I very much enjoyed taking part in this too, though most of you guys were miles ahead of me in terms of ability. It was absolutely amazing what people achieved in one week and yes Peter and Bridgett had fantastic insight into the characters and directed the play brilliantly.

You too made a great Dolly! It was an incredible experience and I particularly enjoyed the way we 'did team', the encouragement and sense of unity was an experience not to be missed.

God bless you and Trevor in your work!


Annie said...

Thanks Neil,

Hey you did really well playing my hubby!!

You've summed it up perfectly.... its astonishing what can be achieved in a short time.

Love to you and your family.

God bless you too.


Steve said...

Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time and are now back safely! Harrogate is a lovely part of the world too.

Annie said...

Thanks Steve. I'm sure Harrogate is lovely and we wanted to go to its famous "Betty's Tea Rooms" but unfortunately we were too busy with rehearsals. Another time perhaps.

Yes, we did have a wonderful time. Hope you are feeling heaps better my friend.

Gorilla Bananas said...

You are a stage performer, ma'am? I wish I had met you when I was in the circus.

Annie said...

It would have been a pleasure, sir, but I'm happy to make your acquaintance now. Every species welcome here :)