Wow! What an evening – Monday February 12th saw Doorstep Arts collaborate with Beyond Face CIC and DreamArts on an evening of live performance in which works-in-progress were shared by young people and emerging artists alike.
We were thrilled to welcome them to Stage Left at the Palace Theatre, where the day began with tech slots and rehearsals, before we stopped for some pizza, and then welcomed members of the public in for the evening show, which ran from 7-9pm.
Beyond Face’s Youth Company shared the opening 20 minutes of ‘Grow Up!’ – which has recently gone on on to play at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth.
Dream Arts then shared an excerpt of Friends from Afar’s third show, Love Scripted (which we are hoping to see the full version of this Summer!)
Part of the joy of this scratch model is that our young people get to perform alongside some really exciting professional artists, in this case from Beyond Face. We were treated to two performances, the first from Onioluwa Taiwo, who performed a section of the one woman show she is working on that explores growing up in the South-West of England as a person of mixed heritage – and the second from Iman Sultan West, who facilitated a responding-through-making space in which audience members responded to her performance poetry and soundscape by drawing or painting.
After an interval with some soft drinks and snacks, the evening was rounded off by ‘Two Women One World’ by Pip Walcon-Adams and Ivy Hodgson-Hunt, two Doorstep Youth Theatre members who are fusing new-writing with physical theatre, and the opening 10 minutes of Doorstep Youth Theatre’s upcoming Summer show, an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey.