On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night this week a theatre troupe – “TerraNemo” – performed “Witchery”- a new play – at Jugglers Art Space in all the rooms available – and not available – to them. The upstairs bathroom, the downstairs bathroom, the side veranda, the footpath, tunnel, outdoor graffiti space, bar, stairwell and main gallery. One of the artists in residence tried to break up a fight in the shower cubicle during the performance only to find the fighters were in character. I had to ask a couple of times if the people outside the office where in or out of character. There was an awful lot of shouting and swearing and diatribe and loud music and fake nightclub dancing and I was glad when it was all over. My sensibilities were not the issue but my angst at a complaint from the neighbours at the interruption of peaceful nights, not to mention the clean up, the lack of access to my upstairs studio – it was full of paintings for security – and the use of our 4 wheelie bins for the sound tech guys. Sixteen to nineteen year olds are full of energy, ideas and the world is theirs for the grabbing. Throw into the mix an acting gene with its mix of extroversion, intensity and dramatics and this event was an experience of hormone overdose.The young theatre entrepreneur/producer-directors – Gwilym and Divi – were a pleasure to work with, full of respect and gratitude and creative giftedness. The engendered this in their actors.
I have no idea what the script was about or what the theme of the play was but it sure seemed to be fun for everyone including the trailing audience who followed the actors around the building from 7 – 9 pm. That no-one tripped over leads, fell into the loo or rolled down the dark stair-well is testament to the overworked angels and meant a day off for the administrators in the Insurer’s Public Liability claims department.
What do I think of all this?
Jugglers mission is to facilitate the health and growth of the core creative human spirit and I guess this falls under that banner. These young people – at least TerraNemos directors – have the potential to go a long way.
I have decided that the visual arts and chamber music are the focus I want in the future as we follow our mission.