The ambitious community arts project which aims to bring to life the stories connected to the Whiteball Tunnel has now reached rehearsal stage. Director Nick Brace from Actiontrack Performance Company introduced the script to volunteers from the local community last week.
Devised from information gathered about the tunnel and explored in workshops over the last few months, ‘The Wondrous Tales of Whiteball Tunnel’ includes live performance, music, puppetry and film.
Project Manager Elaine Faull said, “There was a real buzz in the Quaker Meeting House last Wednesday evening. It was exciting – our first rehearsal and the first time the majority of the cast had come together, a truly multi-age group of 8 year olds to 75 year olds. I was so pleased that most people were able to get there. We have a cast of over 50 so trying to get them all together is a real challenge. For the first rehearsal we managed 35 people which was a good turn out.”
“Over the last few weeks since the Pop-Up shops in Tiverton and Wellington there has been a real gathering of the cast, many of whom have heard about the performance from others, came to read the script and were gripped.”
“We now have most of the cast but there are one or two parts still to fill. We are looking for one or two performers to play the navvies who built the tunnel so they do have to be male. If there are any readers out there who would like to get involved or volunteer please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Pupils from schools near both ends of the tunnel will join performers as a children’s choir.
Performances will be from 5 to 8 November in St John’s Church, Wellington.