INKBLOC Ensemble Rehearsal Diary – Week 5

Intensive rehearsals have begun ahead of INKBLOC Ensemble’s debut show LEGO BeachHere, company member Amy spills all the beans about the very latest INKBLOC shenanigans.


Week 5 - Intense rehearsal (1)Things are hotting up in Bristol, and I don’t just mean the weather! INKBLOC have successfully completed their first week of intensive rehearsals!  They do call them intense for a reason and this week did not disappoint.

We have had Genevieve our set designer extraordinaire busy sketching and creating our distinctive set. She has done an amazing job in manipulating primary colours to bring to life a world where artificiality meets the natural, drawing on the playful aspects of Lego to build a bold design concept for the show.

Week 5 - Intense rehearsal (2)

Krista and Claire, after a week of leading and facilitating the company’s exploration of ensemble, character and setting have come up with clear objective to achieve every week in order to have the show ready for July. Their adaptability and energy is perfect for keeping the company focused and thinking, what would we do without them?

As a new company we are ever evolving our style and the way we devise work. Our musical director and our movement directors have been working closely in the room together, with the musicians observing as the ensemble explore and produce sections of movement. This is a fantastic way to develop a consistent theme for our piece as it allows the musicians to compose in light of the emotional peaks and troughs of the movement.

Week 5 - Intense rehearsal (3)Interspersed between all of this has been individual and group rehearsal leading up to the end of our week: The Friday Fundraiser! INKBLOC’s ‘Big Night Out’ took place last Friday, and what a night it was! With amazing performances from the company and guest performer Imogen Palmer, a crazy quiz with awesome prizes and sneak song previews from the show it was certainly a night to remember. The best part is we smashed our fundraising target! Thank you to all that came along and those who supported from a far.

Seeing what we have achieve in just one week makes me incredibly proud to be part of such an amazing company. It is refreshing to wake up on a Monday morning excited about going into work. I cannot wait for the weeks to come!


INKBLOC Ensemble are this year’s resident Made in Bristol company – Bristol Old Vic’s theatre training course for ages 18-25. For more information about the programme, click here.

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