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A couple of people have asked me for details about how to be involved as a performer/ensemble member during the current stage of development.

The ensemble were absolutely amazing last year and I am so thrilled to be in the midst of the 3rd phase of the PressureLands project! Go Team!

If you want to be involved during Stage 3 in creating & building the show, it’s simple really, all you have to do is turn up to Creative Development sessions and contribute what you can when you can.

Here’s the PressureLands Cast Timeline V.1 (now until December). Remember that Transport is provided between Renmark and Waikerie (and all the towns in between) for every session, you just need to text or phone the night before and let us know where to pick you up from.

There is no cost to be involved.

The other important thing – to be involved you’ll need to fill out a medical details/permission/release form. Download PressureLands 2011 Ensemble Emergency and Release Form and email to: pressurelands@me.com or bring along to the first session you attend.

I recognise that each and every one of you are super busy people who have loads of other commitments between school, work, family, friends, sports, community and other artistic projects – to make PressureLands Stage 3 work in 2011 I have an open door policy. What this means is that you come to scheduled Creative Development when you can, there is no expectation that you will be at every one or even at a certain amount. So I’ve provided the full timetable for you to plan ahead and think about how much time you are willing and able to commit.

Each Creative Development session will utilise whoever is there to progress the project to the next level. So you can have as much or as little involvement as works for you during Stage 3. (Please Note – even if you only come to one session I still need your emergency release form).

Not only is Stage 3 going to be an opportunity for us to fully craft the production, we’ll also be working with a dancer/movement artist & a professional actor to increase our skills, we’ll be joined by our composer/musician and a set/costume designer who will craft the other elements of the production with us over the coming months.

And wait for it …..Yes, PressureLands is registered to perform at the Adelaide Fringe in March next year! There will be auditions for the final performance cast early next year.

Any questions or concerns ring/text/email or hassle me on the streets. This project is for all of us so let’s make it special!

PS. For those of you who don’t check facebook regularly – did you know that PressureLands has been nominated for an Advantage SA award in the ‘Youth’ & ‘Arts’ Categories?? And PressureLands has also been invited to be showcased at the Goolwa Regional Arts Conference in October 2012. We’re super cool.

Post by Brianna Obst

Question of the day:

Part I: If you were a jungle cat, which one would you be and by choice what noise would you make?

Part II: (Working clock wise around the car) what animal best represents the person on your left?

Today has been one of the more challenging sessions at PressureLands but as things turn out it was also one of the more rewarding days.

Beginning with a very different style of warm up than we’re used to, Kane put us through our paces disco style! …not really but kind of. There was lots of dancing.

Theatre sports was next, the ensemble played typewriter and discovered stories with a town crushing giant, ugly girls and the attack of the birds, the greedy Prince and his revengeful servants and a little merman that got stuck on a rock.

After creating our own stories we read to each other from innocent looking children’s stories need I say looks can be deceiving. After selecting one of the books that didn’t make us cry as a group we retold the story through performance about worries that sneak up on you. Despite some crazy ideas, we managed to tame them in a way that worked for all of us.

After lunch it was time to get a little more focused on the project, yesterday we wrote ‘Once upon a time’ short stories. They were a bit scary to read and even scarier to write. Inspired by one of the stories/ quotes or what ever they are, we directed the rest of the group in performing something of great worthiness! This definitely did not come without its challenges but it was great to be a part of and really rewarding especially when yours was performed 🙂

After having such fun working together all day an individual task just didn’t seem quite right. As Alysha left the room we cheated and worked together anyway… to call MUTINY!!!!! (With a back up just incase sleepiness made her grumpy or sad or in Kane’s words “PISSED!”) but she wasn’t because she’s pretty cool like that and even after poking and prodding and pushing her around with creepy little PressureLands chants she smiled, so I kind of felt half bad and we finished off the task as she’d asked.

GO TEAM!!!

Here’s a little blurb from cast member Kait talking about Creative Development on Wednesday 21st September 2011.

Tonight we started off by doing some stretching to warm up and to loosen our bodies and that was pretty good. Then we did some impulsive walking, we had a space in the room to walk around in and we weren’t allowed to think about our next move we had to do everything by impulse. This was really hard because you would try and not think about what you were going to do next but then an idea would come into your head and you would think ‘yes lets do that’ but then you realize that you just planned it so you can’t do it anymore. After we did that for a few minutes we lay on our backs and focused on our breathing and did some breathing exercises and I found it really relaxing. We then had a look at photos that were taken from our photo shoot and some of them were quite hilarious! But there are some really good ones and we had to pick 5 of our favorites. It was really hard to pick. While we were doing this we ate food. Food is great  we had this amazing dip called ‘Baby Spinach & Feta’. It tasted amazing! Alisha then gave us all a children’s book and we had to read it like we were reading it to primary school children and that was interesting it was difficult to try and read a book that you have never read before and have the book facing the audience so they can see the pictures while trying to concentrate on the speed you are reading at and the way you pronounce your words so they are clear and have emotion to make them sound interesting. The final thing we did was we used our bodies and our voices to demonstrate a sound like SPLOSH! That was hard because we weren’t meant to think about it too much either.

Stay tuned for more guest blogs coming your way in October as we head into our school holiday intensive with visiting Actor Kane Lach, Set/Costume Designer Lachlan Sully, Composer Ryan Morrison and our phenomenal cast. If you’d like to be involved contact: pressurelands@me.com or 041 626 7391

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