Behind the scenes: Foot in the Door

Author: Liz Duggan
23rd March 2017 at 13:43

 

Foot in the Door

is a springboard

is a laboratory

is a forum.

As a group of artists from relatively similar places of student-like performance, we have been given the key to cross the threshold and explore the world of professional theatre practice. Moreover, Foot in the Door has sought to equip us with the knowledge to enjoy this world and the skills to grow within it.

Over the course of a week, two solo artists and two collectives (one of which I am part of) were guided through a series of workshops ranging from producing to prototype technologies to persona development.

Whilst I can attest that the experiences we gained from these workshops have been both exciting and rewarding, I am confident that the single most invaluable thing to arise from the week are the relationships we built. These relationships include those with Lancaster Arts to Making Room to our workshop leaders to our mentors and finally to our fellow artists. Prior to the first day my knowledge of my future peers was thus: one had a very large and comfortable couch, two came from the city of rain and two had broken the golden rule of theatre by working with both children and animals.

Beyond the first day, these people became my friends and collaborators. From structured feedback sessions to chats over a few drinks at the end of the day, we formed our own responsive community of artists. Not to mention the spontaneous zumba and dance break outs that sought to strengthen our unit and prevent us from fragmenting off into isolated segments.

And they worked!

This little community is still going strong. Now returned to our respective north-western cities of rain, we have continued to share opportunities, contacts and advice. Also, with a reunion on the horizon, it won’t be long until Lancaster opens its doors once more to the beautiful feet of my friends and fellows.