Journeys is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014. On HMD 2014 we can learn how journeys themselves became part of genocide, and how the journeys undertaken were often experiences of persecution and terror for so many people who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides.
Rehearsals began last week with Forest Forge Youth Theatre for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014. BAFTA winning local writer, John Foster has kindly written an original short play: FERAL. I am particularly passionate about drama as a social and educational force. But what has history got to do with drama? We know that history is littered with lessons but history and Theatre are two estimable but distinct fields of human activity. When working around the themes of the Holocaust I am insistent on exploring creative metaphor. Whatever metaphors that are already woven in FERAL have to be transmuted into movement & performance.
The questioning & re-examination of aims and purposes can only lead to a stronger & more virile approach in the long run. In a first rehearsal we always play with pace & rhythm. Improvisation of the quality of movement whilst considering space, by that I mean the subtext, the ‘unsaid’ things are often rich pickings for choreography. I’m looking forward to developing this resonant piece further with the vibrant young people from Forest Forge Youth Theatre
Forest Forge Theatre Company offer Touring Theatre and Creative Learning in Hampshire. Lucy Phillips is the Creative Learning Director & is co-directing FERAL.
The Bournemouth & Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee invite you to Lighthouse Poole’s Centre of the Arts on Sunday 26th January 2014 at 2pm to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.