Life affirming doorstep theatre
This week, The Shorely went along to the Doorstep Arts rehearsal of The Woods. Watch our interview with Jade Campbell, Doorstep Co-Director and a selection of talented young people from cast and crew.
Doorstep Arts are a pioneering non-profit arts education company, running truly amazing drama groups with young people across Torbay. These young people write their own stories and songs, explore original ideas and experiment with what it means to be an artist. Forget what you think you know about youth theatre - this is impressive stuff, that rivals most grown-up theatre companies.
As we ventured into a rehearsal of Doorstep's latest production, The Woods (21-22 October) - at their home in the Palace Theatre, Paignton - we anticipated chaos and teenage angst. What we found was a disciplined family of emerging creatives bringing alive a smart, funny, loveable piece of musical theatre. The costumes, staging, projection and sound deliver that immediate Brothers Grimm fairy tale feel. The cast is wonderfully talented; we glimpsed powerfully performed words, song and rap. The mix of Stephen Sondheim's musical with an original second half is a musically sophisticated show that all the family will enjoy and remember. We were reminded that age is just a number; theatre is family; and creativity is life affirming.
Doorstep Arts is a touring partnership between Torbay and internationally acclaimed producers Battersea Arts Centre. The Woods is the start of a wider season from Doorstep, which runs from 21 October to 5 November 2017. Highlights are listed here and you really must book tickets to support theatre on your doorstep:
Rustle | Wednesday 25 October & Saturday 28 October
PaddleBoat Theatre Company invites you to help set up camp for the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags evolve into monsters, rucksacks become friends and torches highlight the forest's closest secrets. An interactive family adventure jam-packed with puppets, songs and surprises. Ages 4+. Tickets £5
At Sea | Wednesday 1 November
A journey through daily life, into the chaos of the family and the absurdity of work. Using clown, puppetry and dance the show is a joyous, poetic and humorous exploration of a human need for the wilderness. Ages 8+. Tickets £5
Castle Builder | Thursday 2 November
Kid Carpet and Vic Llewellyn take you on a musical, magical, moving and comic journey through the minds of some of our planet’s most eccentric and creative individuals. A smash-hit success at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. Ages 12+. Tickets £10, £5 concessions
Ross & Rachel | Friday 3 & Saturday 4 November
The mind-bending, heart-breaking story of what happens when a couple that was always meant to be together, gets together. And stays together. In this disquieting duologue for one performer, Olivier-nominee and Critics Circle Most Promising Playwright winner James Fritz takes an unflinching look at the myths of modern love. Ages 16+. Tickets £10, £5 concessions
Almost Always Muddy | Saturday 4 November
An immersive story telling experience where in part one, the audience use materials to build the places stories can happen. The Junkyard will morph into a magical place for adventure. In the second part, the Almost Always Muddy team of improvisers transform your creation into a theatrical storytelling Adventure, with live music, live making and special effects. Ages 5+. Tickets £5