Ellen Havard playing guitar

Ellen Havard reflects on her residency

| Fri 17 Feb 2017

Ellen Havard recently joined us for her Creation Space R&D residency exploring ideas towards her new show Rapunzel. We caught up with Ellen to find out how her ideas developed during their time here.

Which particular elements of the project did you focus on during your residency?

 We focused on exploring the structure of the story and identifying key themes of the story, based on three different source materials (a couple of versions of Rapunzel and a poem) and also explored the sound world of the show, finding specific moments for songs and starting to write songs.
 
Were there any surprises? Did you make any new discoveries about the project?

We explored Rapunzel's voice and found her to have some pretty punky influences so started to write songs with this in mind.
 
Did you bring in any collaborators?

Composer Edward Wren was with us all week, as well as actor Lauryn Redding. Other performers came along including Marc Antolin, Jessica Temple, Arthur Wilson and Phoebe Fildes.
 
Did this residency enable you to do anything that you wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do?

It was fantastic to have the space all week; being together somewhere we could make lots of noise and spread out was invaluable.
 
What are your next steps for this project?

I'm looking to find a producer and begin to talk to venues to get this show to performance. We would like to have another period of R&D before we go into rehearsals.
 

Twitter: @ellenhavard
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