Hull Carnival Arts, Bandanarama and Mambo Jambo have clearly been having tons of fun during rehearsals. Find out more below.
It's been a busy week for our trio of companies. Saturday saw Mambo Jambo play Cherry Burton Village Hall with Luke Carver-Goss, while Hull Carnival Arts and Bandanarama were entertaining the crowds at the Extraordinary Orchard Park Parade as part of Hull UK City of Culture.
After a bit of time for R&R, the team of musicians producing The Chase got down to some serious rehearsal and devising work with Petra Massey from Spymonkey. Petra's input has been invaluable, and has helped the team of musicians draw out new performance skills and develop characters that will bring our idea to life.
Hats off to all the Assemble Fest team for the choice of mentor, she has been a star. The devising process has been really democratic, with everyone able to input ideas, so the team have a sense of ownership of the finished product, which is just what we wanted.
A big thanks to Petra for being so "on it" with all aspects of the production, with a refreshing no-nonsense approach that has yielded great results in a very short space of time. Especially for enduring endless muso gags and references, as well as constant musical twiddling in all the bits when we should have been more focused and listening to what people were saying (a very tedious musician's bad habit - we hate silence and are always trying to fill it!)
I will leave you all with the words of Cindy, one of the alto sax players in Bandanarama:
"A robbery, cowboys, disco divas and bikers = elements of The Chase for Assemble Fest! That's just the beginning... a purple wig, a shake (or two) of the derriere, hypnosis, choreographed moves from Petra, and great tunes arranged by local duo Mambo Jambo. All leading to workshops presented in a positive and encouraging learning environment that includes laughter and fun."