|Aspley Basin, Huddersfield|
Yesterday after returning from the boat yard I headed off to catch a train to Huddersfield to go to work!
Wednesday evening I met up with Vanessa and a hole host of people who were involved with the masterclasses. A very nice curry was had by all at the Chilli Lounge, highly recommended should you be in Huddersfield.
|Huddersfield Broad Canal|
|Quay Street Locomotive Lift Bridge|
In the morning the sun was out so I walked in to the theatre along the Huddersfield Broad Canal, a nice walk before the day started.
Today was the last of three days of masterclasses, each one of them having been tailored to different participants. Tuesday had been for directors, Wednesday for Theatre makers and today was for Writers. Amanda Whittington, Nick Lane, Deborah McAndrew, Lisa Evans, Robert Shearman and Judith Johnson were the writers, several of them I know and have designed some of their shows. It was lovely to see them again and meet new people.
Seeing the Dark Horse Ensemble again was great. They are trained actors most of whom have Downs Syndrome, you always get a very warm welcome from them.
|Everyone on their feet following the not so Silent Approach|
It was great to see everyone in the room (apart from me) joining in in the afternoon doing a line dance from Snakebite. I knew the moves but was too busy recording it to draw later. Excerpts from some of Vanessa’s plays were rehearsed and directed using the silent approach.
I’ve come away with a good dozen sketches that need a bit more work doing to them and plenty of photos to do more from.
A quick drink in The Head Of Steam at the station with everyone before I caught a train back to Sheffield.
|Igloo, every canal basin needs one|
Meanwhile whilst I was earning, Mick Tilly and Oleanna started to get surrounded by preparations for the Birthday Bash at Victoria Quays. Face painting on the benches next to Oleanna went on through the afternoon and a large igloo was erected not far away for the silent disco tomorrow. We’ll move out in the morning to make way for the the brass band that will lead the flotilla in to start off the celebrations for the bi-centenary.
|Actors and Director|
0 locks, 0 miles, 3 trains, 12 for curry, 1 canal walk, 1 Dante back on the sauce, 3rd Separate Doors, 8 Dark Horse actors, 3 actors, 1 director, 6 writers, 0 beef stew, 137 photos, 12 sketches started, 1 very privileged Pip to have been included, 1 igloo, 1 Tilly pleased to see me, Mick was too.