Voting started today for the People’s Choice Award in the AMP Scholarships. As director of HaBYT, I have applied for a scholarship to help fund a three week professional development course in Physical Theatre and Devising which I wold love to attend in Queensland in January 2014. As a practitioner, I have a passion for both areas of theatre and from the work I have seen from the HaBYT students this year (our productions of 100 and Wolf Boy and our devised project – Seven Deadly Sins), I can tell that the students are equally passionate and we are all bursting at the seams to do more!
As you will be aware, HaBYT is a charitable trust and we rely on grants and the many voluntary hours of work given to make our projects achievable. You can help by casting your vote for me here to help keep HaBYT’s director at the top of her game!
In other exciting news, HaBYT went to Masterton for the Regional Finals of Theatrefest on 24 August. Despite being one cast member down on the day, HaBYT put on a great performance of the Seven Deadly Sins. I was so very proud of the way the group managed to take on the 5 characters that we were missing (everyone plays multiple roles in the play!) and nobody in the audience could even tell we were missing a team member. What a fantastic ensemble!
We have now just moved on to a new project ‘Street Theatre’ again being devised by the company, in preparation for the opening of the new MTG (Museum, Theatre and Gallery) in Napier on 21 September. Before that we also have the Blossom Parade on the 14 August in Hastings and HaBYT has been asked to be involved again, manning huge puppets and interacting with the crowds. Exciting stuff!