INKBLOC Ensemble Cast Bio | Jennie

Ahead of their debut show, LEGO Beach, we sat down with INKBLOC Ensemble to discover a little more about this year’s Made in Bristol troupe.

Here we caught up with Jennie to find out all about her Bristol Old Vic theatre background.


JenWhat have you been involved in at the Bristol Old Vic and outside of Made in Bristol?
I have been working Front of house at Bristol Old Vic, I’m incredibly excited and proud to be around a building that sees incredible talent day in day out.

What is this year for you?
This year is complete brilliance. I’ve stretched my creativity, imagination and passion toward making theatre even further than I thought possible. The progress that INKBLOC has been on is something that I will hold with me forever, and it’s only the beginning.

Favourite thing about Made in Bristol/ INKBLOC?
My favourite thing about INKBLOC is how well we connect with each other as a group, ideas bounce from one to the other, energy is sparked and lifts everyone up. There is an incredibly strong feeling of togetherness, helping the group as a collective thrive and devise fresh and original work.

Plans for the future?
From this moment in time, who knows what will happen in the future, spontaneity is the spice of life. However, I have a gut feeling that being part of INKBlOC and being lucky enough to have the tools, opportunities and guidance from the beginning, I know we are going to keep creating and experimenting with new stories and ideas because you can’t stop pursuing what you genuinely love. Especially when a company of 12 young theatre makers is formed!

Tell us something interesting?
I absolutely love anything creative, I really think imagination makes the world spin round. I love capturing this through photography, the camera is the all Seeing Eye, and in a split second you have caught a moment that will never be repeated and yet tells so much. I’m no professional photographer, but there’s something special behind the lens, a different perspective.


LEGO Beach is INKBLOC Ensemble’s debut show, on Walkabout at 1532 Performing Arts Centre 19-22 July. For more information and to book, click here

INKBLOC Ensemble Cast Bio | Casey

Ahead of their debut show, LEGO Beach, we sat down with INKBLOC Ensemble to discover a little more about this year’s Made in Bristol troupe.

Here we caught up with Casey to find out all about his Bristol Old Vic theatre background.


CaseyWhere have you studied and how did you become involved with Made in Bristol?
Having not really been involved with Bristol Old Vic or the Young Company for a long time, I found myself stumbling upon the Made In Bristol scheme post-graduation from theatre school. I trained in Musical Theatre at the London College of Music, I was looking for a way to fuse my musical skills and passion for creating fresh, new pieces of theatre and felt Made in Bristol was the perfect opportunity to do this.

What is this year for you?
This year for me has been about experimenting with a collective of 11 other different artists, all from different walks of life. Being able to learn and develop as a performer from working as a close-knit ensemble has made the whole experience of starting a company so much more enjoyable and intriguing.

Plans for the future?
Following this amazing year, I am looking to continue working as a Freelance Performer as well as continuing my journey as a profound up-and-coming theatre maker with the wonderful team at INKBLOC and Bristol Old Vic.

Tell us something interesting?
I have a super strange liking of Bonsai Tree’s and I am a keen guitarist.


LEGO Beach is INKBLOC Ensemble’s debut show, on Walkabout at 1532 Performing Arts Centre 19-22 July. For more information and to book, click here

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.

INKBLOC Ensemble Cast Bio | Maddie

Ahead of their debut show, LEGO Beach, we sat down with INKBLOC Ensemble to discover a little more about this year’s Made in Bristol troupe.

Here we caught up with Maddie to find out all about her Bristol Old Vic theatre background.


Maddie

What have you been involved in at the Bristol Old Vic and outside of Made in Bristol?
Outside of Made in Bristol I work for Bristol Old Vic as a Box Office receptionist, and prior to this year I was part of Young Company, which I joined when I was twelve.

Where have you studied?
I came to Made in Bristol straight after my A-Levels.

What is this year for you?
For me this year was always something I knew I wanted to do, because I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. As I’m undecided about where (if) I want to go on to higher education, I can’t really call this a gap year – at the moment it’s looking like I’ll have a gap of two or three years. So far Made in Bristol has been invaluable to me, as it has let me experience what it is like to rehearse in a working theatre.

Favourite thing about Made in Bristol/ INKBLOC?
My favourite thing about Made in Bristol is how we have the freedom to create anything we like. We’re not limited by usual logistical worries like hiring a rehearsal space or gaining the approval of a funding panel or a venue – we get a lot of support for that from the building and the Engagement Department. This allows us to concentrate on being creative, and seeing the variety of topics and styles that we have been able to experiment with is partly the reason INKBLOC has been so interesting this year.

Tell us something interesting?
I used to be a foil fencer…. En garde!


LEGO Beach is INKBLOC Ensemble’s debut show, on Walkabout at 1532 Performing Arts Centre 19-22 July. For more information and to book, click here

INKBLOC Ensemble Cast Bio | Amy

Ahead of their debut show, LEGO Beach, we sat down with INKBLOC Ensemble to discover a little more about this year’s Made in Bristol troupe.

Here we caught up with Amy to find out all about her Bristol Old Vic theatre background.


AmyWhat you have been involved in at the Bristol Old Vic and outside of Made in Bristol?
Back in 2013 I did a work experience placement at Bristol Old Vic. The next time I was back was in 2015 when I played the role of Ann in the Young Company show Life Raft that was directed by Melly Still. This led me to discover the Made in Bristol program, and here I am!

Where have you studied?
Last Summer I completed my final year of A-Levels in Theatre and Performance, English Literature and Geography. I have also trained at the National Youth Theatre as an actor.

What is this year for you?
This is my gap year before I enter the world of university education. I wanted to utilise the opportunity to experience setting up a company and work with amazing people to do so, with the intention of carrying this on into future. I want to explore a variety of different theatrical ideas and styles by creating a show from scratch.

Favourite thing about Made in Bristol/INKBLOC?
I find it amazing how we devise as a twelve strong ensemble and are able to making decisions and explore all together to create work and build our company. I love when we are creatively bouncing off each other, saying yes to everything in order to explore all possibilities.

Plans for the future?
From October I will begin studying at Central School of Speech and Drama on the Applied Theatre and Education BA (Hons). I would love to continue with INKBLOC after our July show and grow the company with more exciting projects. My aim is to ultimately become a professional creative producer.

Tell us something interesting?
I am splitting my time between Bristol and London over my gap year, and in London I work at Little Angel Theatre, which is a puppet theatre. I have seen a potentially unhealthy amount of puppet theatre over the past year and am surprised when I see a show that doesn’t contain puppets!


LEGO Beach is INKBLOC Ensemble’s debut show, on Walkabout at 1532 Performing Arts Centre 19-22 July. For more information and to book, click here