A small story about a former homeless man who recently directed and appeared in his play called 'Squat' - a semi-autobiographical story based around his time living in a squat before he managed to go to university and become a working actor.
The link is here.
Since we have started getting Thrive’s name out there and have had so many supporting us on Twitter and Facebook already, I thought it was about time I told everyone a bit about how the company started. I graduated from Uni last year with a degree in Media Performance. Whilst there I realised that I really wanted to focus on directing and in early 2012 I decided a good way to do that would be to start my own company. My brother, Alex, is training in Wales to be an actor so we thought if we did this together then he could also get some performing experience. The next step was to find a play to perform for the Fringe. I looked at loads of plays but really wanted to focus on new work and collaborate with someone on a fresh project. So I spoke to Alan Gordon, who I work with at the Royal Lyceum Theatre. I’d seen some of his work at Strange Town Theatre Company and found it witty, modern and natural so asked him if he’d be interested in working with me.
From there, we both came up with some ideas of what we wanted the play to be about and what messages we wanted to convey. Luckily we both hit on the same theme of the London Riots and how we could show them in a new light. Alan drafted an idea up pretty quickly and since developing it, we have come up with a brilliant piece. We are currently in the early stages of rehearsals, sketching out the scenes to form this brilliantly written, one act masterpiece. There’s a lot of exceptional moments in this 50 minute play. The actors really get what we are trying to do and work really well together. Our aim is to give young people the chance to build up their performing, directing, writing, production credits to give them experience for the future and hopefully entertain and educate audiences while we do that.
I’ll try my best to keep this blog updated with news about Riot Squat being performed in the Fringe. And if this post was enough to intrigue you, then please book some tickets and come along!
L - R; Alan Gordon, Alex Hope, Vari Gardner, Ross Donnachie & Gemma Stroyan
Actors have been cast, rehearsals have begun, flyers have been designed and it's only 10 days until the Edinburgh Fringe begins! The 'Riot Squat' company are eagerly anticipating the beginning of the festival as we move into the second week of rehearsals.
Some interesting ideas are coming out about our characters and their own beginnings. A visit to Shettleston is on the cards - the only place in Britain where the life-expectancy is falling. Hopefully not dramatically when we arrive. Trying to scour for a specific squat to have a wee look around in may be more difficult. So this system may work a little better. If you're squatting in the building picture below and can somehow see this photograph - let us know, we'd love to have a rummage around... No? Well - we'll keep trying.