HETEROPHOBIA

HETEROPHOBIA

This story has been told at The REP, mac Birmingham and the Drill Hall in 2010. Hannah Phillips is now collaborating with a new company to develop the piece into an Urban Musical.

Heterophobia is an ‘Urban Musical’ for young people, lead, facilitated and directed by Hannah Phillips and will be the first piece of work produced by Outspoken, the Applied Performance graduate company of Birmingham School of Acting. Heterophobia is a hybrid fusion of art forms, which tells the story of a young heterosexual male trying to ‘come out’ in a homosexual world, an educational piece surrounding issues of sexuality, identity, prejudice and acceptance.

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An Outspoken Journey

As a current second year student on Birmingham School of Acting’s BA (Hons) Applied Performance course http://bit.ly/1ePV3By, I was given the opportunity by our course director Hannah Phillips to not only photograph the process behind the piece but to work on the project Heterophobia as a performer and as part of the graduate company Outspokenhttp://www.outspokenperformance.co.uk

Hannah specialises in Applied Performance and makes work with social and political objectives, using theatre as a tool to inform, educate and raise awareness. Her specialist areas include feminist and queer performance and the concept of this project, from the get go, was one that interested me on multiple levels, one that I believed in passionately and one that had my full attention.

Heterophobia is a performance with aims of raising awareness; educating and informing, whilst dealing with social and political objectives that I am incredibly passionate about and feel are incredibly relevant within society today.

Here, follows a personal journey of gathered stray thoughts, from myself, and members of the company triggered throughout the process of the project.

Courtney Wallis Richardson

 

Director Hannah Phillips IMG_0333

 

Photo credit: Courtney Wallis Richardson, Year 2 Applied Performance (http://bit.ly/1ePV3By) student.

It’s a parrots life for me…

Yesterday we had to block the performance inside incase of severe weather. The performance had to be adjusted to the space as it is completely different to the outside space. It was a successful run through which highlighted anything that didn’t work inside which needed to be changed.

We then seen some more of the second years pre show work which was fantastic. They consisted of pirate games, songs, sound and movement workshops and even some life size parrots singing a Jackson 5 song! Which was all very exciting! Another of the pre show pieces was learning to become a fully fledged pirate! The great thing about all the pre show work is that it fully engages the audience members before the show has even started. It also makes the audience feel part of the performance especially of the children will have made pirate hats and masks before hand!

Costumes are now ready and yesterday we got to try them on for the first time! I completely brought the characters to life as we could then see how important the use of bright colours will lift the performance and grab the children’s attention.

During the afternoon we then took the performance back outside to incorporate the new set. We came across some issues to begin with but the performance was only slightly changed to accommodate the set. It also completely changed our pre show as we now had the apparatus to use, it brought the beginning of the show to life and our character development as children improved vastly. We then moved onto developing our projection during the songs, which is completely different to inside as outside alot of sound can be lost.

Finally we worked the female pirates and making the set become there ship. This meant that all movement has to be adapted to the space which was a challenge especially for some of the dance sections. However the set really gave a depth to the scenes and movement thus helping with narrative and character development.

Here’s a sneak peak at some costumes and the set during rehearsals…

Laura 🙂

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5 days to go… All Aboard!

Day 1 of final rehearsal week is over. We managed to do a whole run of the show in the space to identify which areas need work. The set has now arrived ready for us to incorporate it into performance and bring it to life.

Today we had the help of Gail our costume designer and she brought in the costumes ready to be tried on. Ruth came in to get us physically warm for a long day of rehearsals, she also helped us work on Mama Glow to ensure that the material we are using was incorporated effectively. We also had Francoise to get us vocally warm ready for rehearsals outside.

When blocking the performance outside today we became unbelievably aware of how much extra energy is needed when performing outside. It’s so hard to maintain stamina when you have to project your voice so the whole audience can hear you. We also had to adapt to the space today, using as much as possible.

We also got to see a piece of pre-show that the second years have created for our performance. It is a sensory experience for children aged 0-5. They used many different materials, including bubbles, to create a complete sensory experience exploring the themes of the show. It is so effective because it is completely engaging and reflect our show perfectly. And with our group being the test audience we were all big kids when it came to the bubbles! 🙂

Some photos from today…

Laura

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Get Washed Away…

So at the end of last week we were in project rehearsals choreographing lifts for the storm surge. Very first time we’ve done these was a little scary for the girls to begin with! Must say this, don’t try this at home! We have had much support in making sure the lifts are safe from Ruth Jacombs.

Take a look…

Joanna Lift…

Polly Lift…

Let me know what you think.

Thanks

Laura.