After a gruelling workshop, including many weird and wonderful exercises to stimulate our minds and unleash our inner tribeswomen, ten girls were selected to experience fifteen hours of play shaping and performing along with professional director, Paul Warwick.
In the weeks building up to the performances we read through Euripides’ classical play, The Bacchae, exploring the main characters, emotions and the atmosphere.
The week after October half-term the posters went up and the real work began. We all gathered in the Drama Studio not knowing what to expect but the relaxed enthusiasm of Paul brought the rehearsals to life and soon we had fallen into the spirit of things. We were excited. We were nervous. We were the women of the Bacchae.
The play quickly came together with events and rituals that we created using our knowledge and understanding of the situations the Bacchae faced.
We worked solidly throughout the week it paid off. We had lots of fun on the day of the performances and we were proud of each other and ourselves.
We would like to thank Paul, Jen Baylis and all the tech crew for their guidance, love and support throughout the whole project. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible.
The lesson of the week is, ‘It’s always further than you think, girls!’