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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 

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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.

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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

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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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