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A LOOK BACK AT GAME FACE (REFLECTIONS PART 2)

Game Face cast by Pamela Raith

A week ago, the Curve Young Company (CYC) were busy showing sold out audiences their Game Face.

By cast member Olivia-Mae Lucia Foong

When Lucy (Pickering, Curve Comms team) asked me to write this blog, I wasn’t quite sure what to say. How to reflect back on nine months of work without boring you all?

One thing that many people have praised since seeing the show is how well the cast worked together. It makes me think back to our first rehearsals in October, meeting the new recruits and being in two groups of the younger ones and 17+. The original plan was to have two different shows for each group!

As I was in the younger group, I can tell you that we toyed with the idea of our show was going to revolve around Leicester and how it’s famous for its shoe factories along with the Olympic values too. One of my most memorable rehearsals is sitting in a circle with my group, director and facilitators with a massive sheet of paper in the middle, shouting and writing down possible names for our show. Can you guess which one we liked the most?

Olivia and Shoufan in Game Face
Photo by Pamela Raith

We began to work with the idea of verbatim theatre so over the Christmas holidays, we were all given an Olympic value to focus on and interview somebody on what it means to them. I was given ‘Respect and Friendship’ which lead me to interview two sisters about the London riots. It was very surreal for me to develop such an interview about one of the most important events of last year into a performance. Looking back, I think this is what made Game Face such a special piece to perform and so relatable to the audience. The fact that it came from real people and these were their real words.

Eventually we were all sat down and told that because both groups work and thoughts about what we wanted our production to be were so similar, our director had decided to join both groups and we had our first rehearsal together as a full company in March where we decided to call the show ‘Game Face’.

And so our rehearsals became longer, more often and several drafts of the script (written by Louise Singleton) later, we had this show in our hands to present to Leicester. It came to a shock to a lot of the audience that such young people were addressing quite difficult subjects in such a mature manner and we kept it so close to home.

As Priya mentioned (in the previous post), it’s very bittersweet that it’s all over. Going to rehearsals and seeing my company practically every day was very second nature to me and now I suddenly have all this free time.

So is this it then for the Curve Young Company? No, not at all. In fact now it’s time for you to get involved. Curve will be looking to recruit actors, musical theatre performers and physical theatre performers in workshop auditions in early September so if you are interested, ring the Ticket Office on 0116 242 2595 or email experiencecurve@curvetheatre.co.uk 

Browse the Game Face production photos >>>

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Reflections on GAME FACE

Finally, after months of title changing, structure changing and script polishing, Curve Young Company’s Young Production group were finally ready to show the world their Game Face.

by Young Marketing Forum member, Priya

Inspired by the Olympic values of respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination and equality, and carrying the official Inspire mark of London 2012, Game Face explores the luck element of life, the quest of the underdog and the fate of the fallen star. The story follows a group of reporters trying to get an Olympic scoop but who don’t anticipate exactly how hard it will be to attain. Eventually, they’re drawn into the real life stores that emerge along their quest.

The reporters of GAME FACE
Photo by Pamela Raith

We’ve all read the press release and the information about the show on Curve’s website, all of which have basically said what I’ve just told you above. However, what does it all mean? That’s something that I couldn’t really get my head around when I was working with the Young Marketing Forum to promote the show. Was it going to be funny? Was it going to be serious? Was I going to have to opt to wear my waterproof mascara instead of my regular one? I really had no idea. Obviously I knew enough about the show to promote it, otherwise I’d be a bit of a rubbish marketer, but I was still in the dark about exactly what to expect from the show itself. In short, I wasn’t sure how the Young Productions were going to bring the Olympic values to life.

However, all the worrying was for nothing and they did such a great job with Game Face. It was performed in The Studio, which I think made the stories have more of an impact on the audience. For example, the lady next to me went from roaring with laughter one minute, to dabbing her eyes with a hanky the next. I just don’t think that would have happened if it was staged in The Theatre. I also really liked the fact that the seats were unassigned, so me, my mum and my sister managed to get some seriously enviable seats. “Best seats in the house” my mum said, and she was right. Another little detail that I noticed as soon as I walked in was the projector that was set up to play interviews with the great people of Leicester (I’m assuming) about the Olympics coming to London. Although, there were some strange responses in the mix, but they did make everyone giggle.

The show itself started with the members of the Young Productions running on stage, which was so loud that it kind of startled me. I think that had something to do with the fact that I was talking to the lady sitting next to me – the one with the hanky – about David Beckham and the Olympic football team.

GAME FACE designs by Emma Kesterton
Photo by Pamela Raith

One thing about the show that I really liked was the way that it was staged; it was so versatile and flowed really well if that makes sense. I’m so glad that the Young Productions decided to set the show in Leicester because it was nice to see their take on Leicester locals’ mannerisms and on well-loved places such as Leicester market.

In terms of performances, overall I think the group were so good and that they all worked extremely well together. The performers that stood out for me though were the guy who played the Scottish journalist because, I don’t know if he’s actually Scottish, but he did an amazing accent – and it was consistent! I also really liked the poor guy, who had me and my sister in hysterics all the way home. He was jokes! Oh, and how talented was the girl who was playing the piano (amongst other things). What a voice! To be perfectly honest, I could probably identify something I liked about most of the performers because they were really good and we were super impressed, yapping about the show all the way home.

It was fantastic to see just how much Game Face had developed from its origins as two separate plays with two separate titles. I’m so glad the group decided to work together instead of as the ‘younger’ and ‘older’ group, as I really feel that all the performers in the group complemented each other well.

Browse the Game Face production photos >>>

I can’t believe it’s all done and dusted, it’s bittersweet really. Before I round off this post, I just want to say a massive thank you to Lucy and Krupa for all their advice and guidance for the Young Marketing Forum this year. We hope we did you both (and everyone else involved) proud.

Good luck to all the Curve Young Company members with whatever they go on to do. Next year’s Curve Young Company have a tough act to follow, that’s for sure!

Priya 

Priya Mahida is a DMU Graduate, blogger and member of 2011/12 Young Marketing Forum, who worked to promote the Curve Young Company production, GAME FACE (5 – 7 July 2012).
@priyamahida

Did you see Game Face or were you involved in this year’s production? Let us know what you think below.

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A first look at GAME FACE

A first look at GAME FACE

PHOTOS: An explosive new production GAME FACE written, created and performed by CYC opens tonight! £5 tickets available for tonight & Saturday – show us your Game Face! #CYCGameFace photos by Pamela Raith

Game Face

Production photo by Pamela Raith

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The final stages of rehearsals for GAME FACE

Olivia Mae Foong is a member of Curve Young Productions and currently in rehearsals for the Curve Young Company show GAME FACE (5-7 July).

Missed me?

Incredibly sorry about the lack of updates.  As many of you are aware, exam period has just finished and I could not be any more relieved.

However, all of that couldn’t keep me away from you for long. Despite all the exams that our company have taken these past few weeks, rehearsals have been equally intense. With not long until technical week, we started our run throughs a few weeks ago and things are definitely looking good.

Let me fill you in on a few things that our company has been up to:

Photo by Hollis Photography

Our amazing band of Milly, Rae, George and Prash performed at the National Tourism Awards across the road at The Athena to represent the Curve. It was a 1930’s themed evening and they had to wear clothes from that era (Milly even had rollers in during the rehearsal beforehand). They impressed an audience of over 500 guests with a selected few pieces from Game Face and we couldn’t be more proud of them.We have a teaser for the show on Youtube – Check it out here and share it with your friends and family. It’s also being played everyday up until the show on the big screen in town!

We also have some more photos of us on the Curve Young Company Facebook page, some rehearsal photos this time from the amazing Emma Kesterton. I’ve had a few people ask me what we’re doing in some of them, but it’s gotten to this point where I’m not sure what I’m allowed to tell you or not! You’ll just have to come to see the show yourself.

Remember me telling you about how our company has gone newspaper crazy? Well today our Curve Young Technicians spent the day fireproofing around 600 sheets of newspaper for the show. Standard procedure for the Curve Young Company…

With technical week fast approaching, I’ll try my best to keep you all more updated!

Rehearsal photo by Emma Kesterton

Curve Young Company present
GAME FACE
5 – 7 July
Tickets £5
Tickets and Information: 0116 242 3595 /
http://www.curveonline.co.uk

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Is determination everything?

This month has been especially busy for the Digital and Online Team of the Young Marketing Forum, as this month we have prepared, cast and produced a trailer for the Curve Young production Game Face, assisting us with this task is aspiring photographer Briony Latter who helps us to bring our vision to life.

Online and Digital Team- Ricky and Victoria with Briony Latter. Photo courtesy of Jamil Teja. 

The concept for the trailer, was conceived from an inspiration image featuring a teenage girl holding a quote from author E.B. White, the initial quote did not fit the direction we were looking to pursue, but the expression, mood and feelings that the picture evoked were striking to members of the Marketing Forum, from this stimuli we wanted to create something that was simple, but allowed viewers to engage and recall relevant thoughts based on the questions we were asking – I guess you could say that the finished product, was designed to allow us all to interpret the questions in our own way, as after all we all see the world in a different way.

Does everyone have the same opportunities? Photo courtesy of Briony Latter. 

From the initial concept, we were able to meet the cast who I have to say were great fun to work with, so after watching short extracts from the rehearsals it was time to make a difficult decision, which members of the Young Company would represent the final 8 Olympic values that we wanted to show? We wanted to show the personalities of the Young Company, whilst still retaining the key values which we were trying to convey. And I have to say the list was changing right up until the final 8 were told that they would be featured in the campaign.

After casting was complete we had to finalise the 8 themes, and also the order we wanted to present them, one key thing to note here is that although some elements were planned, we wanted to keep it relaxed; but not too relaxed that it was chaos ;-).

Is determination everything? Photo courtesy of Briony Latter. 

Throughout our meetings Briony was able to see our thought process and also provide us with a technical prospective, we wanted our actors to convey the Olympic values through their screen time, and give the audience an opportunity to think about how the questions affect them in their everyday lives, and allow many different interpretations.

On the 8th May we agreed the layout, our young actors arrived- and then the transition from paper to reality began. We started by briefing the cast, and giving them an idea of the shots we wanted, as the video was reliant on still images, it was imperative that each shot was consistent with the previous, and blended seamlessly into the next, the shoot lasted just over 1 hour, and in that time over 600 still images were taken.

Between the main title shot, we wanted to add images of inspiration both from rehearsals, so that the audience can see the development of the piece. And also inspirational and metaphorical references, I cannot tell you specifically what each picture means, as that is for you to decide.

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I am glad that as a team, we were able to explore some of the values we were trying to convey, mostly that success starts with opportunity as the Communications Team at Curve, placed a lot of trust in us to create this teaser and gave us an opportunity to shine, but opportunity alone does not equal success, you have to work hard to achieve your goals and above all enjoy the journey.

Ricky

Tickets and Information: 0116 242 3595 / http://www.curveonline.co.uk

Are you part of the Game Face cast? Keep us updated with how rehearsals are going here and have a go at writing your own blog – get in touch with Lucy Pickering l.pickering@curvetheatre.co.uk to find out more.

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Curve Young Company present GAME FACE

Curve Young Company present GAME FACE

On your marks… Get set… GO!

Curve Young Company presents
GAME FACE

Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 July
Press Performance: Thursday 5 July

Curve Young Productions are a group of talented and adventurous young performers who create new and bold pieces of theatre. Following last year’s sell-out success 3AM, 2012’s group are devising a daring production, GAME FACE.

Inspired by the Olympic values of respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination and equality and carrying the official Inspire mark of London 2012, The story follows a group of reporters desperate to get an Olympic scoop, but the task proves harder than they first thought and they become drawn into the real stories that emerge.

This bold and original piece has been devised by a group of 29 young people in Leicester, under the guidance of the professional creative team at Curve. The young productions members (aged 12-26) have explored what the Games mean to the country, to Leicester and to individuals. The company have taken real-life stories framed in their ideas to create a fresh piece of drama for Curve’s Studio.

Follow our intrepid reporters searching for their next scoop as they uncover the true meaning of the Olympics. Game Face explores real-life stories through humour, physical theatre and on stage live music composed for the show by members of the company.

The production will have an original soundtrack is provided by a live band of CYC members:
Music, Lyrics, Piano and Vocals: Milly Bianchini
Bass and Guitar: George Hartop
Percussion and Piano: Rae Laverick
Guitar: Prash Gor

The production brings together all 50+ members of Curve Young Company on one project. The performers are working with an emerging playwright, Louise Singleton to devise the script. The staging of the productions will be realised by a young designer and a team of young technicians. A group of young workshop leaders will lead learning activities and the show will be promoted by Curve’s young marketing forum.

Tickets and Information: 0116 242 3595 / http://www.curveonline.co.uk

Are you part of the Game Face cast? Keep us updated with how rehearsals are going here and have a go at writing your own blog – get in touch with Lucy Pickering l.pickering@curvetheatre.co.uk to find out more.

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CYC Game Face rehearsals: music, photos and more scenes blocked

Olivia gives an update on this week’s Game Face rehearsals

Remember what I said last week about us having so much more? Well, another scene was blocked tonight! There’s nothing greater than it being 9:15pm and the whole ensemble performing a very emotional scene, with no major mistakes, which we’ve spent two rehearsals working on.

The company has been newspaper crazy for the past few days in rehearsals. I can guarantee that if you handed a cast member of Game Face a sheet of newspaper, they’ll either triumphantly start making some origami or break down in sheer confusion.

We also had a cast photo shoot today. It’s not easy to fit a twenty-odd cast into one photo, let me tell you, but from what I’ve seen, the photos are looking really good! Special thanks to Ricky, Vicky and the Marketing Forum for creating that!

Curve Young Productions, photo by Briony Latter

Perhaps the main highlight of the evening was the preview of the Game Face band’s music. We had a taste of Milly Bianchini’s musical genius last year in 3am and she’s back with some absolutely amazing new work. Such a beautiful piece we’ve listened to and I can say, on behalf of the cast, that we all feel truly honoured to be working with such talented musicians.

Even if you don’t like theatre, which would be odd as to why you’re reading this in the first place, I’d still say that you should get tickets just to hear the great music.

But if you are one of the sane people that have already bought their ticket, you should go and join the Facebook event page and jump in all the talk on Twitter using the hash tag #CYCGameFace

Olivia Mae Foong is a member of Curve Young Productions and currently in rehearsals for the Curve Young Company show GAME FACE (5-7 July).

Tickets and information: 0116 242 3595 / book online

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Game Face – early rehearsals

You know what’s great about falling flat on your face? Nothing really. But after that happens to you, nothing else can really go wrong.

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, it’s because someone, namely me, got a bit too adventurous in today’s rehearsal when performing lifts for Game Face ’s opening scene and my first try of the evening went horribly wrong and ended up with me face down in Rehearsal Room 3. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you heard loud banging, shouting, screaming, a bit of ambient music and the occasional shout of pain; it was probably Curve Young Productions.

Today’s rehearsal was great though. With the actors, technicians and marketing team coming tgether, there’s definitely a strong sense of Curve Young Company in the building. It’s amazing to see short scenes and exercises that we’ve been working on since October, where we’d wonder “Why are we doing this? What’s our director up to?!” suddenly turn into a piece of theatre and guess what? We still have so much more to go.

Curve Young Productions rehearsals, photo by Emma

I know this is the first rehearsal blog post for Game Face, but I won’t get into too many details (just yet!) on what it’s about. Check the website yourself. Whilst you’re at it, you can book your tickets for the show too! After the success of ‘3am’ last year, tickets are guaranteed to sell out fast.Olivia Mae Foong is a member of Curve Young Productions and currently in rehearsals for the Curve Young Company show GAME FACE (5-7 July).

Tickets and information: 0116 242 3595 / book online

 

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Curve Young Company’s 2012 Show – What’s Going On?

I’ve lost count of just how many Young Marketing Forum (YMF) meetings the forum has had, but it was only during the last meeting that we finally found out some details about Curve Young Company’s new spring/summer production. However, due to the fact that it’s a devised piece, these details could change by the time the forum meets again. For those of you who aren’t familiar with or can’t remember what devised theatre is, let me explain.

Devised theatre is a form of theatre where the show’s script originates from the collaborative work by a group of people. It can be the performers themselves, as was the case with ‘Hotel Paradiso‘ by Familie Floz, but it doesn’t have to be. It is my understanding that the Young Productions group are coming up with the ideas for the stories, but an up-and-coming scriptwriter is going to piece them all together into one coherent show. I think that’s right, although don’t hold me to it!

On the one hand it’s exciting because you’re kept on your toes, but on the other hand it’s difficult – for the YMF, especially – to know just what to communicate to the public. The reason for this is because it has to be vague enough so there’s room to make any necessary changes to the show, but clear enough to give the public an idea of what the show is going to be about/like.

I have some experience with this type of theatre because a very long time ago, when I was in secondary school in London, I took part in something similar. I initially only participated because of my friends, but I am so glad I did because I picked up a load of transferable skills that have come in quite handy whilst I’ve been working with the forum. Basically, what we had to do was to ultimately devise a show to be staged at Ilford Town Hall. I remember feeling quite overwhelmed because I was involved with scripting the show, naming the show, getting sponsorship for the show and marketing the show – which was the most challenging aspect because, like I previously said, it’s difficult to know what to tell potential sponsors about the show and what information to put on the marketing materials for the show when it’s continually changing.

The details that I know so far, and am allowed to tell you about, are;

  • Initially the show was going to be a double-bill, with the group splitting into two depending on their age, but it has now been decided that both groups are going to work together to produce one fantastic show. I think the forum is happy with this decision because it means that we now only have to think about marketing one show, as opposed to two.
  • It looks like the show is going to be inspired by London 2012 and the themes from the Olympics are going to be incorporated into the stories. I think that’s an excellent idea because it will provide some structure to the show and it’s capitalising on something that’s only going to grow in popularity – London 2012. However, as opposed to being purely sports-orientated, I think the show it going to be more rooted in real-life and the audience are going to be able to identify with the core meanings behind each story. Does that make sense?
  • Presently, the show is going to tell a number of different stories that tie-in with the themes of London 2012. These shows are probably going to be told using a variety of different approaches, including; dance, interviews, physical, monologue, etc. That’s the element that I am most looking forward to seeing, in addition to finding out what the tone of the show will be. Will it be comedy, inspiration, emotive, all three? Only time will tell!

I think those are the main points to mention in relation to the impending Curve Young Company’s Spring/Summer show, although if there are any others I am sure one of my fellow forum members will write about them and fill in the gaps.

The challenge for the Young Marketing Forum, in my opinion, is the communication of the show to the public. As I previously mentioned, due to the nature of devised theatre, we can’t be too specific about what the show is going to be about or be like because it could all change – especially as the show is in its improvisational stage – yet, we can’t be too vague because we want to convey a sense of what the show will have in store. In addition, this is something that we immediately need to think about and pin down because we need to create a title-treatment for Curve’s website, alongside details about the show. However, once we’ve all decided on this, everything will be set in motion such as the title-treatment can be produced, the leaflets can be designed and printed and we can all breathe a little easier!

I don’t think there’s much more to add, but the forum will definitely keep you up to date with the gossip in relation the new show.

Until next time,

Priya

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Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

I have said it before and I’ll say it again; I cant believe how quickly 2011 flew by. It seems like just yesterday that I was getting into the habit of writing 2011 instead of 2010 and now I have to wrap my head around writing 2012! However, I am SO excited for what 2012 has in store for me because I’ve got a feeling (great, now I’ve got ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by The Black Eyed Peas in my head!) that this is going to be a great year. 

Now, before I continue I just want to say that I know a couple of my fellow Marketing Forum peeps are in the process of writing about what they’re looking forward to in 2012 and I’m looking really forward to reading their posts. However, I don’t think you can ever have too many perspectives, which is why I have written my own post about it.

As you probably know, I’m a member of the Curve Young Company Marketing Forum and what we’re really gearing up for is the Curve Young Company show. Although it’s still in its development stage at the moment, if last year’s show is anything to go by, it’s going to be fantabulous (a mixture of fantastic and fabulous – I really couldn’t make up my mind as to which word out of the two to use). 

One of the reasons why the Curve Young Company is so good is because it gives young people the opportunity to participate in areas of theatre that they might not have got a chance to experience otherwise. Plus, it gives young people a chance to put their skills to good use and to be productive, which is something everyone – regardless of their age/background/whatever – should encourage. 

Anyway, back to the topic of the Curve Young Company show. It’s going to be an exciting time for me and the other members of the Marketing Forum because we’re going to have the chance to gain an insight into, and be a part of, an actual marketing campaign. Seriously, I am so excited about this because I live, eat and breathe marketing communications. In fact, Marketing Communications was my absolute favourite module last year whilst I was in my second year at De Montfort University, so you can see why I’m looking forward to working with Curve’s Communications Team. This is going to be a great opportunity to see how the things I have learnt at university translate, if at all, into an actually working environment.

I shall keep you posted, don’t worry!

Apart from the Curve Young Company show, another Curve production is ‘Gypsy’. I know what you’re probably thinking; it’s going to be about someone that lives in a caravan, a la ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’. However, I’m pleased to tell you that you’re completely wrong.

‘Gypsy’ is actually about a woman named Mama Rose and her determination to live out her own dreams of stardom through her two daughters. Originally performed on Broadway in 1959, this production of Gypsy at Curve (which will be running from 10th March – 15th April 2012) is the first in the UK for a number of years. Directed by Curve’s artistic director Paul Kerryson and staring Caroline O’Connor as Mama Rose, this is definitely a must-see. To get you in the mood, check out the following YouTube clip;

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5pAxcb-nEc&w=420&h=315%5D

Amazing, right?!

An important event for me in 2012 is my graduation, which will be taking place at Curve instead of De Montfort Hall (where it has been held for 20+ years). After the initial fall out between the big-wigs at De Montfort University and some of the student body, I think many students are starting to realise that the change in venue might be a good thing. I personally think the change makes sense, but that’s because I was flexible in my initial opinion and I was open to what our Vice Chancellor (and the rest of the Executive Board) had to say about it all.

It will be interesting to see just how different the ceremonies at Curve will be because, having attended a few graduation ceremonies at De Montfort Hall, they weren’t really inclusive of students or student-orientated. It is my understanding that our Vice Chancellor wants to change this and he wants to increase student presence on campus during the graduation ceremonies. There are a number of good ideas on the table and I think a number of restaurants and bars will be getting involved as well by providing discounts on meals, drinks, etc. It’s going to be like the whole of Leicester is celebrating our graduation with us (too cheesy? I thought so!). 

In addition to everything I’ve already mentioned, 2012 also brings with it the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. I remember there being a real buzz around Stratford City when I was there a couple of weeks ago visiting my family. It’s going to be so good to see London, my home city, taking centre stage at an international level. For those of you unable to make it to London for the games, I came across this really cool site which highlights what’s going on in Leicester and Leicestershire. To go to the site, just click HERE.

If all that wasn’t enough, another important event taking place in London in 2012 is The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This event marks 60 years of The Queen’s reign and the celebrations for this momentous occasion will centre around an extended weekend on 2nd – 5th June, 2012. Now, let me show off a bit; The Queen came to the throne on 6th February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2nd June 1953. The only other British monarch to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria, and that was in 1897.

Ok, I think I have taken up enough of your time. I hope you found this post interesting, I did try to keep it varied, but I can only write about what I know.

Until the next time, folks!

Priya 

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