Laura Edwards, in partnership with the Riddrie Centre, developed and devised an original production ’The Sea: a fishy tail’. This was performed at Platform Theatre Glasgow, February 2012.
The work was created in response to movement exercises with materials, during one of the weekly classes. From this exercise they created a fluid movement phrase; in post – workshop discussion the participants suggested it looked like the sea, and so the production began.
The participants had complete ownership of the development of their weekly classes. The process took over a year to develop.
In order to enhance and support the work Laura found that a collective approach was an advantage and so invited along performers such as Calum MacAskill, Janine Fearn, Mahri Reilly, Carolyn Wood and Aleana Polakova, with Ammie Jay as Lighting Designer and Jamie MacWilliam as Art Director.
The collaboration was extremely successful and the audience were presented with a fully integrated exciting and original piece of physical theatre. The Sea as a production can stand up in any performance space.
Post production it was agreed that the collective should not stop at The Sea and LOOP was formed.
LOOP members have seen and experienced the impact of long term investment in working with learners to create/devise/own their work.
The growth during the performance has been extraordinary, in confidence, self esteem and personal faith in performance ability.Below is some post-performance feedback…..
“loved the show, feeling good, mum loved it!” –Billy, Participant.
“ A good laugh, mum and aunty said I was good laugh” –Gillian, Participant.
“I loved Callums part and the crabs. Dad came, he loved it”- Mary, Participant.
“I loved being an angelfish with Kirsty, I liked it all. I come in special to drama, I took the week off for the show!” –Allison, Participant and LOOP Trainee.
“The Sea was a joyful experience and one of the nicest performances I’ve been involved with. I felt truly creative and inspired.” Janine Fearn, Performer and LOOP member.”