Hear from our Work experience student Catherine about her week so far.
June 25, 2014
Sat Writing this in bed with chocolate and a glass of milk, I’m as far from an aerialist as you can get. I have never stepped foot in a gym and don’t know what a salad is but I have just finished my first week of voluntary work experience with RoguePlay Theatre.
We have all seen films at the cinema and we have all seen Gymnasts at the Olympics but Highly physical theatres ,or Circus theatres, combine the two to produce a piece of theatre for our entertainment. But how is this achieved? Well here is a little insight into a ‘highly physical theatre’ from an outsider’s point of view.
On my first day I got a briefing on what my time there would consist of, which is basically one thing – working towards my arts award bronze. This is a qualification (yes qualification, free of charge, achieved while volunteering!) which consists of four parts: A-Taking part, B-Be the audience, C-Arts heroes or heroines and D- Arts apprenticeship. All these sections can be documented however you may wish, as long as it is done so, for example for my part A I am documenting it using this blog!
I decided early on I wanted to learn a little bit of EVERYTHING the theatre had to offer! So I did one morning looking at how the company creates a vibe for different elements involved i.e. performances, hiring the space, lessons, workshops, work experience etc. From this I produced my own press release and marketing scheme.
I continued getting experience with RoguePlay by being taught the basics on the Trapeze and Silks. We started with a warm up and then got stuck right in! I tried the silks first and began learning to climb. By the end of the session I had tried many of the level 1 moves including the bow and the arabesque. The main things I noticed with the silks are: the need for flexibility, upper body strength and the throbbing pain through my fingers from gripping the silk (it strangely felt good, and encouraged me to try harder.)
The Trapeze was next and again I started with just getting on the apparatus and then managed to achieve moves including the mermaid and gazelle which I was very proud of as personally I found the trapeze much harder than the silks.
Along with this I did a few hours practicing contemporary dance which I found was more exhausting then the trapeze and silks yet didn’t require the strength. Personally my main struggle with this was my COMPLETE lack of rhythm and flexibility.
All of these activities need great bodily discipline and constant training to improve.
I went through a lot of moves and think I did well in most of them, and I persevered with those I didn’t do so well. It was a lot of hard sweaty work but overall it went very well and has given me a new appreciation of the work and commitment needed for these sports to produce the moves graciously. I am proud to say I didn’t give up even when my strength was wavering. The following day, I was understandably tender, going back to work with many aches, which just enhanced how proud I am of myself for persevering.
The staff here at RoguePlay are amazing people to work with and encourage me to keep trying, working with me and supporting me through my learning in all elements I have tried so far.
Overall from the experiences I have had here, I am motivated to get fit and bring more physicality to my performances as I continue my actor training at university. These experiences will always stay with me and help inspire me as I develop.
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