On the 19th April 2021, we returned (for the third time) to our studio at Fairfield Halls. Some of our members returned to finish off a film that they started last year, while others (after a 5 month break), have picked up on rehearsals for Jack & the Beanstalk - a show we were determined to realise in person, to a live audience - and the cast from across our youth, adult and Crisis Averted companies have been amazing. Nothing like doing a panto in July! In fact, all of our
SAVVY started as an after-school drama group for young people back in 2001. Over the years, many of our former young company members have gone onto drama school including RADA, Central and Guilford, and developed successful careers working in film and TV - including the BBC, the National, the RSC ... the list goes on! We are so proud of the ambitious work that is created by our young company members - from a production of Alice In Wonderland on a boat sailing up the River Tha
In September, SAVVY returned to our studio at Fairfield Halls, to run socially distanced drama workshops and prepare for a socially distanced Christmas panto. All the policies were in place, we contacted all of our members, prepared a short ‘Welcome Back to SAVVY’ video … but still, we had no idea if any of this would work. What would socially distanced drama workshops look like? Could we re-create the excitement and energy of a SAVVY workshop while staying 2 meters away fr
I’ve known Savvy ever since I was born, and am so happy that that’s the case. From riding around a stage in a shopping trolley to prancing around Beddington Park as a fairy, every experience is amazing. I properly joined Savvy last year in the YounGrrr Company and it’s been loads of fun. Every week when we’d go to rehearsals and would all chat in the lobby while waiting for everyone to arrive, and when they did we’d start off with some games which were a bunch of fun. Every g
I was reminded (again) today, that prejudice and fear is a learned behaviour. We are not born with it. How was I reminded? By an alarm going off. A weekly alarm that is set during our YounGrrr Company sessions to remind us (to remind a member), to take her medication. It’s never an issue. The group are used to it, but on this occasion a member asked, with all innocence and genuine inquisitee “What’s the medication for?” The workshop facilitator responded, without missing
I’ll be honest, when I first read the synopsis of the play I was not particularly interested in doing it. A group of teenagers with cancer – no thanks. But to the eternal wisdom of my amazing Young Company, I read the full script – and what I discovered was a story rich with imagery and imagination. It’s NOT about kids with cancer … it’s about CHOICE and FRIENDSHIP and DREAMS and LOVE. It was very VISUAL to me – and so the idea of combining our play with film seemed perfect.
Nine adults sitting in a circle on a Thursday night, telling stories. Sad ones and happy ones, true ones and outrageously far-fetched ones, all pulling together to create one huge woven story collectively. Two whole hours pass in what seems like minutes. All the worries and concerns of real-life are left outside in the car park, every Savvy session is like a mini-holiday from reality and stress. We’re in the middle of an 8 week Comedy Theatre course led by John McCraw, an ins