Grandmother's Beach Hut

Page One Theatre join us for a Creation Space R&D residency

| Mon 8 Jun 2015

As they begin their Creation Space R&D residency, Page One Theatre tell us what they'll be working on over the next two weeks.

Can you tell us about Page One Theatre?

Page One Theatre formed in 2012, an emerging company of collaborators creating ensemble theatre for young audiences. Page One Theatre believes that children should be offered inspirational theatrical experiences. Page One Theatre are currently a Creative Talent company for Creative Youth, who are supporting our development as a sustainable arts company. We are also currently being mentored by acclaimed company Theatre-Rites.

There are four core members of Page One, Chloe Stephens works as the Artistic Director of the company and leads all projects. Flossie Waite is our Producer and also works with us as a Dramaturg, visiting rehearsals at intervals to offer feedback. Davina Freedman is our Education Director; she runs our workshops and is developing our Young Artistic Advisor Scheme to involved children in the development of our work. Miles Mitchell is a Co-Founder and Associate Artist; he is a writer and an actor.

How would you describe the work you create?

We combine movement and puppetry to produce original and vibrant new stories for children and their families. We are interested in visual story telling. Our work is collaborative in nature and we bring in different artists to work with us on each project. The work we make is always a reflection of the different people we work with, their input is integral to the development of the stories we create.

What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?

During the residency we will be exploring ideas for our new project, at the moment this is called Grandmother's Beach Hut, although the name may change as we respond to the way that things develop over the two weeks. We are hoping that the residency will work as a catalyst and we will end it exploding with lots of new ideas and inspiration to take us to the next stage of development.

Which elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?

While we are at artsdepot we will be mainly looking at how we can use sand in performance for children. Our designer Helen Coyston is making a large sand pit for us to play, and explore in. We will look at dancing in the sand and leaving patterns. We will be inviting artsdepot staff to come and play in the sand with us, and experience the sensory nature of feeling sand between your toes! We will be spending some time working with Matt Hutchinson on object puppetry, using objects that relate to grandparents and the beach.

We are also working with award winning author Frann Preston-Gannon on the visual story of the piece. It is exciting to work with Frann at this early stage of development, so that we can discuss how the work could potentially be programmed in non-theatre spaces for an interactive exhibition.

What the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal room?

The most useful thing for us to have in the rehearsal room are playful people! People from varied backgrounds offer us the most rich resource in devising our work. As it is a very collaborative process, we draw on people’s experiences to weave a tapestry of ideas that inform the development of our performances.
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This residency is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
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