As SFH6 BTEC Acting final year students, we were delighted to get the opportunity to participate in the Schools Theatre Festival and perform on the Young Vic stage.
The project began with weekly in-school rehearsals with professional theatre director Finn Beames, assistant director David Gilbert and project manager Georgia Dale. We knew from the start that we would eventually be performing alongside Norwood School, LeSoCo and Lambeth College with a series of short plays by Irish playwright, Samuel Beckett. We never studied Beckett and it became clear that he was unlike any other playwright we had previously performed.
Rehearsals consisted of discussions around staging and character. Finn challenged us to really consider existentialism and connect with the non-naturalistic form Beckett writes in. Our two plays – Catastrophe and Come and Go – are allegories for friendship, control and decay.
The technical process allowed us to experiment independently with our characters through costume and makeup design. We were fully included in and consulted with all creative decisions from length of false nails to the vision for the projections. The tech rehearsal was was a good insight into how professional theatre is put together and we were overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the production and the number of crew and creative team dedicated to our show.
We are excited by and proud of the performances and can’t wait to invite our families and friends to see the finished product – us performing on the professional stage. We see this as a major stepping stone for our future creative careers. We are hugely thankful for this opportunity and the insight it has given us into professional theatre. Thank you Young Vic!