Research and development (R&D) is an adaptable process used a lot for visual theatre and puppetry. It involves testing ideas, testing materials, testing the work and of course the writing in an supportive environment. For Fated we have been lucky to have had Scratch nights booked in for HATCH at Little Angel Theatre and Platform at the Norwich Puppet Theatre - both excellent professional opportunities for those involved and a great chance for feedback too!
I love working like this because collaborating on things is always exciting when you are working with great people. There is nothing like making most of a show in three days to find out just how exciting it can be. It involves an enormous amount of work from everyone involved and also a willingness to commit to the work. In this case Will (Director); Beth (Designer/Maker) and Tilly (the Writer) in the room with Performers Harriet, Hannah and Julia making, shaping, devising and creating a show.
This page documents bits and pieces of the process we went through as team - I think it really highlights just how much get layering goes on in building a show. As much as writing a script on your own can be exhilarating - there is nothing quite like making a show with other people from the ground up and seeing the characters come to life.
Initial Concept Art and Design. By Pete Morton
Further Concept Art and Design. By Beth Crane
Found on the Tube. You never know where a bit of red wool might turn up...