ArtyParti – Plays in the Parks 2017
Another year of Theatre Space North East‘s Plays in the Park, a summer season of three shows across three parks here in Sunderland; and for another year, we’re proud to feature them on board ArtyParti.
Corinne Kilvington, the company’s Artistic Director, laments about the evolution of the wonderful events since they began six years ago. “We used to just do one a year. And then I thought; “I know what I’ll do, I’ll do three!” And this year, we’re doing them all within six months of each other.” Theatre Space North East‘s plays, which for a second year are also returning to Alnwick Castle, attract a wide range of visitors. “We get everyone from kids on bikes, people that have come off the beach eating their chips, right through to regular theatre groups, all enjoying the shared experience.”
“It’s a very unique rehearsal process, because we’ve had to make sure everything can fit in situ in the parks, and accommodate the journeys to and from each scene.” says Christopher Strain, a returning performer to this year’s summer season of Plays in the Parks 2017.
“It takes Shakespeare out of the theatre, and it gets rid of the elitist attitude that sometimes builds up around Shakespeare. Some people can feel intimidated by Shakespeare, but by putting it in a park, where people can step into the world of the play, it makes it really accessible. Often, there’ll be people who’ve never seen Shakespeare before. And that’s great for me as an actor.”
Advice for Emerging Professionals…
Sam Elliott, currently studying an A-Level in drama at Newcastle Sixth Form College offers advice for emerging actors, on how to break into the industry: “It’s about saying yes. If you think you can’t get into theatre, it’s probably because you’re saying no to these opportunities, because they’re getting in the way of other stuff.”
Corinne Kilvington, on business practice for newly-establishing creative companies: “From a professional point of view, be aware of things like the legalities of performing in a public space, the legalities of employing other people. Familiarise yourself with the legal responsibilities of what you’re doing, and let the other side run free. And that way you’re both safe, and creative.”
Freelance costume & corset designer Rebecca Robinson, shares insight from her new ventures into freelance: “It’s very exciting, but also very scary having to put a price against your work – especially the first time, when you’re not really sure where people are happy to pay for the work.”
And Drew Hunter, freelance artist & graphic novel designer, expands on the topic of setting prices for your own creative practice: “Pricing is a huge thing; for any piece of creative work, people just see the end product, and a lot of the time they don’t realise the amount of time and effort that goes into making something creative. But it’s about being able to ask to be paid for all the time that goes into making that product, and finding the confidence to say “yes, I am worth that”.”
ArtyParti was produced & presented by Jay Sykes