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Chance to work on performances with Eden Court team for Belladrum Festival

By Margaret Chrystall

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Young people aged between 15 and 21 are being invited to join Eden Court's Belladrum Team to create performances and a flashmob for the festival.

The Belladrum Project working last year.
The Belladrum Project working last year.

Over the two weeks of the course – which runs from 10am-4pm each day and for a block price of £209, the team will create interactive experiences on the theme of "cartoons" to take to Belladrum Festival on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29.

The project needs theatre makers, dancers and performers to join the team and help create two street theatre style performances (one theatre based and one dance based), as well as join in the epic Belladrum Flashmob.

One of the tutors for the course is Eden Court's Louise Marshall – producer and in charge of dance and accessible arts at the venue, said: "We ran a similar project last year creating street theatre performances for the festival, with lots of audience interaction.

"This is a great way for budding performers to hone their skills in an exciting but also challenging environment. They really have to think on their feet!" Are there qualities the team is looking for in a person taking part?

"The most important thing is lots of enthusiasm, that will survive trudging around bumpy fields and all weathers!

"Performers do need to have a certain level of confidence, but over the devising and rehearsing period we really work on what they’re doing so that once they get out there they are fully prepared for anything."

To be able to take part, you have to be available for the full two-week course, and for Belladrum weekend. Schedules for the Friday and Saturday at Belladrum will follow – but people would need to be available for the full days.

Festival entry (valued at £182) is included for the days people are scheduled to perform, but you are required to make your own way to and from Belladrum this year – though limited transport may be available for those who need it.

Anyone booking for both this project and the Eden Court Collective Thanks For Nothing project, can call the box office team to secure £50 off the total combined cost of the two projects, though it is not available online.

Eden Court says it is committed to keeping its pricing as accessible as possible, but recognises that for some the cost of this class/project might mean it makes it hard to take part. And it supports a limited number of bursary places for the Summer Studio Programme.

Louise Marshall said: "If someone wants to take part and also apply for a bursary then they should reserve a place on the project and email Eden Court Head of Engagement to enquire about a bursary: mrussell@eden-court.co.uk.

"We want to make our projects accessible to everyone if we possibly can."

Anyone wanting to take part, has to remember to take:

A packed lunch. Or, money to buy some lunch in the cafe; loose, comfortable clothing – you'll be moving lots!; a bottle of water or juice to keep hydrated – you are encouraged to take a reusable bottle, you can top it up there if need be.


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