Despite two years dominated by the pandemic and ongoing restrictions, SAVVY continued to deliver an incredible array of projects throughout lockdown. Our 'Mixed Bean' season developed new skills in digital media within our Core Team, our groups created two films and devised a wholly original Steampunk Pantomime (that was eventually realised at the Ashcroft Theatre in July 2021, and was the first theatre show back at Fairfield Halls). We also took part in numerous online forums, produced a Christmas lockdown lip-sync film and our Crisis Averted group (whose play The Seance was not realised due to the pandemic), took part in the Theatre Centre's ImagiNation festival of plays (and were selected as showcase performers for their final online festival). We were also able to (finally) realise our Grimmly Season, which was shelved in March 2020, to be eventually produced Autumn 2021.
After moving back into our studio (for the third time) in April 2021, and one of the first things we hosted was a week-long intensive for young people keen to discover pathways into the acting profession. So You Want To Be An Actor was a sell-out success with visiting professionals including agents and casting directors. All the young people involved went on to join our weekly Young Company, taking part in our Jack & the Beanstalk July Panto and performing in our Grimmly Season.
We also facilitated employability workshops in Beckmead Academy Trust schools and worked partnership with Facefront Theatre as part of their online Fear Summit festival, hosting an off-the-record discussion exploring the role of the Zanni when working with disabled and non-disabled actors. Guest speaker was Russell Dean from Strangeface.