A mammoth two years, with the celebration of our 10th year as an 'official' theatre company, producing three shows, in three months across three boroughs. We launched our 2018 season with a gala event where we also announced the news that we would become a resident company at the newly refurbished Fairfield Halls - and on the 12th September, we FINALLY MOVED INTO OUR NEW HOME, welcoming our ongoing groups to the SAVVY Studio and starting three NEW weekly groups too! We took part in numerous events to celebrate the re-opening of Fairfield Halls, meeting royalty and icons – Prince Edward (Earl of Wessex), Dame Judi Dench and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan - making merry mayhem as hedgehogs at the Croydon Arts Ball before hosting our own SAVVY Studio Gala Opening. It was then full steam ahead for Treasure Island (with a large inclusive cast of over 60 performers) and a waiting list for tickets. What an incredible weekend of performances it was too, and an incredible way to showcase our inclusive ethos and arts practise in our new home.
In Spring 2019 we launched our Sketchbook Season, seven months of workshops, visits, skill development and theatre trips. We hosted masterclasses in commedia dell'arte with Russell Dean from Strangeface Theatre Company and established a new weekly ‘Fight Club’ to learn basic skills with swords and knives in preparation for the upcoming Christmas production of Treasure Island.
We shared practise with a lot of amazing companies, including Graeae, Cardboard Citizens, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre and Hijinx Theatre in Wales - and we also saw LOTS of theatre, both in London and at the Brighton and Edinburgh fringe festivals.
We secured a new board of trustees and a brand new Patron, Dr Cecily O’Neil - the godmother of applied theatre! We donned hard hats and were given a backstage tour of what would be our new home at Fairfield Halls and our partnership with Wandle Valley produced two great Christmas shows, as well as seeing all of KS2 achieve their Explorer Arts Award. Oh, and we also received a generous technical donation from the National Theatre and all of our staff and members got new SAVVY t-shirts!