16/08/2012 - Singing, Surprises and Scares!
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for us here at Blunderbus HQ as we have all been getting out of our (very cosy) comfort zone and experimenting with a whole new endeavour – Blunderbus for Adults!!
Yes, you read that right! Our company has had so much fun over the past fifteen years telling funny, magical, outlandish stories to children all over the world, that we felt it would be a shame for adult audiences to be missing out any longer!
So, with nothing but a few ideas and the contents of the Blunderbus workshop, we set out on a journey of discovery…to find out just what ‘Adult Blunderbus’ had to offer. So where did we begin? Well, Bill told us he’d always had a passion for telling ghost stories so where better place to start than with the stimulus of traditional stories like ‘The Woman in Black’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’?
We were soon setting up scary environments in the rehearsal rooms – playing with light and shadows, multi-sensory elements and misdirection. And it was even more fun when we invited in the rest of the office – Jeannette, Natalie, Leanne and Aneka – in to experience our playlets. Their response was really encouraging and we were all suddenly thinking ‘hey, this could actually work…’
So over the last couple of weeks we have been grabbing every moment we can between our outdoor performances to explore this new and exciting territory. The building has been awash with music as we have been putting together brand new songs as well as adding epic soundscapes to our efforts. Props have been continually emerging into rehearsals as we have been raiding the workshop to create giant puppet characters, landscapes using everyday items such as suitcases and cloth and everything in between! We have been inspired by animations, classic films and great literature and the discoveries are still rushing in! And every day each of us is taking away new skills and ideas from the rehearsal room.
We’re still in the middle of unearthing this new branch of Blunderbus, which feels a little overwhelming, but with plenty of support from each other, it is exhilarating to be moving forward and forging this whole new brand of theatre. Watch this space!