My name is Ruby and I took part in the Physical Fellowship. I performed on each day, from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th, in the final piece performed by the Thursday Sprungsters.
I have been lucky enough to be able to do work experience with Highly Sprung, so in the mornings I have been able to take part in workshops by Vamos, Motionhouse, and The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). I managed to take part in all of them and I found them really fun and interesting. I also met new people who were really nice and friendly.
Vamos Theatre is the UK's leading professional full mask theatre company located in Worcester. In the workshop games/exercises were used to show how we could use our body language to communicate instead of speaking, since you can’t speak behind a mask. We had opportunities to use the masks and use techniques; such as clocking the audience and head movements to change the way the mask looks.
Motionhouse is a dance theatre company based in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. In the workshop, we learned some dance phrases, went over them, and performed them in different groups to the whole group. We also did an exercise to see how we could move across the space in different ways.
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a major British theatre company, based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. In the workshop, we learned how to dance the “Gay Gordons”, an "old-time" dance, of a type popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
During the Physical Fellowship, there were a variety of different performances. There were performances from different schools, colleges, the millennials and from the Friday Sprungsters. I thought they were really good and fascinating, and they each had a really good storyline.
As I said I was in the Physical Fellowship. Being in the performance was really cool and an amazing experience. It was really fun and I’m glad I was a part of it. It was great to work as a team to put together the piece.
Our piece was called "Blueprint". It was about what the world would/may be like if everyone was genetically engineered at birth and if you weren’t you were seen as weird - a "norm born". It talked about how it may be a good thing (curing diseases etc.) and how it may be bad - everyone may end up looking the same, a type of race may be excluded, how far people would go when engineering their child.
In my opinion, I think the Physical Fellowship is a community of different people from different areas coming together to perform in one place. It’s an amazing experience for people to get involved in. The pieces help to portray different messages with are very inspiring and interesting to think about.