The last couple of weeks have been busy with preparing for the 3000 chairs performances taking place at the Hay Festival on 28th May and 31st May. Both performances sold out within 6 days!
The collaboration between Director – Claire Coache, Writer – Nicola Davies, Set Designer and Illustrator – Andrew Graham, Costume Designer – Meg Swancott and the Performing Arts students – Annie Grainger, Tommy Ryan, Andy Sims, Molly Glover and Bethan Parry has been a journey of creativity, making something out of nothing, learning and discovery.
Problems arising along the way have been dealt with quickly…such as the technological hitches of not being used to using a Mac-book, and the white screens on which a tree kept on appearing from underneath the paint!
The collaboration has been a very organic process throughout which ideas have developed within the structure found in Nicola’s poem ‘The day war came’.
Movement material was developed using chairs and then big cardboard boxed and overlaid with script and illustrations.
This was followed by the overlay of musical accompaniment.
Andrew Graham also created an animation video, with my very own Ada-Lana voicing over:
Audience members were visibly moved by the performance today and made their way to the ‘Make and Take’ tent to create, sketch and draw pictures of a single chair. These images will be auctioned in 2018, as part of Nicola Davies book launch to raise money for the child refugee crisis – in particular the funds will be directed to educational work in refugee camps to enable children to continue their education.