Rachael Abbey tells us about The Roaring Girls taking their Assemble Fest 2014 show to Europe.
When you're offered the opportunity of a lifetime, you grab it with both hands, and that's exactly what Lizi and I did when we were given the chance to perform at the Bern Student Theatre Festival (BeSTival).
Running from 2nd - 8th March, we performed our 2014 Assemble Fest piece Skirts, Shirts and Vintage Dresses. We had to make a few tweaks to make the show more appropriate for the audience, and this time we had a little help from a wonderful musician called Catherine Snowball. We also had an audience of well over 150, which is ten times bigger than the intimate audiences we had at the original performances!
Handing the photos out individually was going to be a bit of a problem, so we projected them onto the wall behind us. There is nothing more terrifying than seeing yourself in a wedding dress at six when it's nine foot tall! Our show was just one of many that took place as part of the 'English Evening' at the festival, including early modern plays, clowning and, of course, a bit of Shakespeare.
We got to explore the city a little while we were there and it is hands down one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. For the eight nights we were there, we watched and made theatre with young people from Switzerland, France and Germany, we lived in the rooftop terrace of the theatre and made some incredible friends and memories. We can't thank BeSTival enough for what they did for us, we'll definitely return to Switzerland again!
Images are taken from BeSTival.