by Haste Theatre
It seems odd to be starting a blog with an ending, but here we are. Our second show, Beyond Cragporth Rock, came to a close this week after two completely sold out performances.
We had the most amazing experience working with Lecoq trained director Ally Cologna, member of ex-all female clown company BruHaHa. It was wonderful to work with such an inspirational, talented and genuinely funny woman who managed to harness our often chaotic energies and shape our natural stage presences into characters we all grew to love (though at times worried us for our affinities with some of our character’s more annoying qualities…). Needless to say we are so grateful for Ally’s belief in us and her constant support. The working relationship was mutually appreciated and we’re hoping this won’t be the last time we work with her on a project, as well as the strong likelihood that we will be touring Cragporth at some point in the future with Ally’s support!
The feedback we got was so warm and positive, and we want to thank everyone who came to see the show and gave us their thoughts afterwards. One of the main things people noted was that it was nice to watch a group of women who genuinely enjoyed each others company having fun on stage and working together to share the fun with the audience. As a company we are extremely close and the rehearsal process for this show always seemed to be fun and exciting and we’re really glad this came through and that you could enter into the spirit the show was borne out of.
On a personal note, I would like to say major thanks to my Haste sisters for helping me through the final rehearsal week and performances as I came down with a rather nasty case of laryngitis plus a chest infection that left me sounding like a wheezing dog toy after minimal amount of movement. Whilst this put a bit of a dampner on the final phase of the process, the fun of the performance won in the end.
Over and out for now,
Soph (Verity/V Plates) x