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Unlimited performed Terra/ Earth by Nell Leyshon choreography by Anthony Missen, first at Bonington Theatre and then Nottingham Playhouse. After our Bonington/ 'home' performance the group received feedback notes from National Theatre director, Nathan Crossan-Smith and rehearsals re-worked some of his suggestions before the final performance. On the performance day the Playhouse the building made us feel very welcome and provided a fantastic stage combat workshop. Their in-house professional technical team allowed our young stage manager, lighting and sound designers work alongside them to develop their craft and realise their artistic intentions. We were fortunate to have choreographer, Fern Achim, working with us throughout the rehearsal process to realise the production to stretch the dance aspect of the show.
In May 2018 Unlimited Theatre won the theatre award as part of the Young Creative Awards. Following their performance at Lakeside Arts Theatre the group were invited to the award ceremony at Nottingham Playhouse, as a shortlisted group. On the evening the group were thrilled to be invited on the stage and presented with the award by Ed Boot from Nonsuch Theatre, who produced the Toolkit devising project that the group responded to. Presented with individual cash prizes and certificates and given the full red- carpet treatment for the evening, the group watched previous YCA winners perform on the stage and were inspired as to how far their arts journey could take them.
As a group we rehearse hard when working towards performances, so we stop we like to have fun together. Last Christmas we celebrated with a murder mystery party- another opportunity to dress up and get into character!
One of the bonus’ of being well connected in the theatre industry is that we get invited to participate in a wide variety of youth festivals. This gives us the opportunity to perform on a range of different stages. The stage at The Regent Theatre, Stoke, was a fantastic opportunity for us to project our voices in the huge auditorium and enjoy the luxury of their fabulous dressing rooms.
Seeing as much high quality, professional theatre is a priority for young people to learn from the work of others. Over the past year the group have seen Gecko’s The Wedding and Kneehigh’s The Tin Drum, that we travelled to West Yorkshire Playhouse to see. Their playful, physical and visual style has always been a major influence for Unlimited Theatre.
2017 saw our first experience of taking part in the National Theatre Connections Festival,performing the wonderful ‘Monstrum’ by Kelly Smith. The festival launches with a director’s weekend at The National, with the opportunity to workshop the play with the writer and a NT director; exploring key themes and challenging scenes, generating ideas for the rehearsal room. After a home venue performance, a discussion and notes feedback from the Connections team, the piece is re-rehearsed to perform at our regional festival, Sheffield Crucible, who made us feel very welcome. We brought with us a young lighting designer and stage manager and The Crucible in-house professional team were wonderful at coaching them in their roles.