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GADS Youth Workshop 2019

YT and Workshops

Dungeons and Puffins
by David Rounce

GADS are pleased to acknowledge a
grant to support this workshop from
The Hadfield Trust


More Dungeons and Puffins will appear here as we get them


Workshop week
5 to 10 August 2018
Gosforth Public Hall

The workshop begins on Mon 5th Aug and runs from 10 am to 4 pm daily. It was open to anyone aged 8 - 18 at the start of the week but is now so popular that we were fully subscribed months before that. There will be a show at the end of the week on Sat 10 August. Doors open at 5:30 pm for a 6 pm start. This is mainly for friends and family, but will also be open to the general public.

Monday 5 August 2019
What a start to the week. From the photos you would think it was all games and to be fair a lot of it was. We got to know each other, we played games, we read from the script, we played games, we had toast, then we did it all again until it was time for lunch. After lunch, the parts we allocated, and the managers and their teams were chosen for backstage, props, costume and that techie stuff. We started picking costumes, we started finding props and we started finding scenery. We even started learning a few lines. Given the time constraints, we have to use as much as we can from what we've already got - so we may have a little competition for the audience on Saturday evening called: "Which pantomime did that scenery cloth come from?". They are a pretty creative bunch and we were spoiled for choice allocating the characters. So much talent that it was very difficult to dish out the parts, but hopefully everyone's happy and will find enough to do helping out with other things when they are not learning lines and rehearsing. And just look at that black clear stage - a bit of work to do there too. More tomorrow.

Tuesday 6 August 2019
Only a few games but lots of hard work today. Learning lines, rehearsing a few scenes on stage, hanging scenery, finding stage furniture, finding more props, finding more costume, trying on more costume (some because it will be used and some because it was just fun), painting signs, making more posters, tidying up lots of mess .... Is there anything we didn't do today? All of which makes for some much more interesting photos with hardly any games in them. Some look happy, some look tired already, some are concentrating and looking really serious and lots of shoe laces need tying up. And we had toast as well, of course - even more than yesterday. But I guess we deserved it after all that work - it was a really productive day.

Wednesday 7 August 2019
What can we say about Wednesday? Lots of rehearsing on stage, more rehearsing on stage and a bit more rehearsing on stage. These youngsters are really impressive with their ability to learn lines - many of them have learned most of them already. There were a few games (but not many). There was some practice at voice projection. And the various technical managers made lists of the props, set/scenery, costume, sound effects and lighting effects that we still need. A bit more rehearsing on stage. The remainder of the stage props and furniture got painted and we even had time for lunch at some point. And we did a bit more rehearsing on stage - you probably get the drift .................

Thursday 8 August 2019
How can it be Thursday already? Although Monday feels like a month ago. We have finished painting, glueing and glittering - or so I'm told for the third time today. We think all the costume, props and stage stuff are ready now too. We have tried the sound for the first time and that is just about ready - only a couple of things to add. Now that we have the hall to ourselves we have also been able to set up the lighting desk and start playing with it. Our two young technicians have had great fun discovering lighting effects and driving the rest of us mad with some of the sound effects. We also had very special visitor today. GADS member David Rounce has moved away from the area but has still managed to write this masterpiece for us. He called in to pay a visit on his way from Scotland to Yorkshire and spent the whole day with us. Unfortunately he can't be here on Saturday to see the world premier of his play. Anyway, a massive thanks from all the cast. Tomorrow is the final day and time for the dress rehearsals. Ah - we also need to devise a lighting plot and programme the desk. It's a good job there are two of them to do it. And I guess a programme for the show might be useful too. We also did rather a lot more reheasing today. And had a fire drill. And played a few games. And ate toast .......

Friday 9 August 2019
Things are really coming together now on the last day - making it a week to be proud of. Final adjustments to the sound have been made. The 2 lighting technicians have done a grand job designing lighting effects and helping to programme the lighting desk. We've tried on costumes and make-up for a dress rehearsal in two parts (Act 1 and Act 2, believe it or not). We've almost learned to return our props to the tables so we can find them next time and we've learned how to come on stage without moving all the scenery. We've almost learned all of our lines and some of us have even learned to speak up and face the audience when saying them (that's just so they can hear). We have also swept the floor and put out all the chairs in nice tidy rows for the show on Saturday. Not too many photos today - don't want to give away too much - but lots of nice smiles.


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