Actors Sam and Tracey will appear in Ten Ten Theatre’s double bill of Freedom Fighter and Called Up at the Tristan Bates Theatre on the 8th February at 2 pm. They have both been touring with Ten Ten since May 2013 and here they give an interview about their experience.
1. How has the tour been for you so far?
The tour has been a great experience. It’s wonderful to see how the children respond to each play. And we always get such a great response from the teachers.
2. What do you think children get from Freedom Fighter and Called Up?
FF – Helps the children to understand ‘why’ rules are in place. Through its Panto style comedy, the children can help Ginny to make good decisions regarding the rules. The follow up session consolidates this and challenges them to describe why particular rules are there.
CU – presents situations of change and uncertainty to children, but it addresses and resolves these issues through love and nurturing. The follow up session encourages them not to give up in times of change and to recognize that they have been created uniquely, and in God’s Perfect image.
3. Can you share your most memorable experience from the parents sessions you’ve led every day?
Called Up seems to invoke a lot of emotion from parents, especially when their children are making the transition into secondary school. We have had parents who have been brought to tears when sharing their experiences with us, which has inspired us in our work, in the knowledge of the effect it may be having on some families.
4. Why do you think families should not miss Ten Ten’s double bill of Freedom Fighter and Called Up at Tristan Bates Theatre?
It is a chance for parents to either see what their children have seen, and in turn create a dialogue in the family. It also allows children who have not seen the plays to enjoy the theatre, while being encouraged by the moral and Spiritual themes.
5. What’s been your favourite thing about touring with Ten Ten?
Ten Ten are a nurturing company and this comes out in the work, but also in the way they support and encourage their staff. It has been a pleasure working with them. It has also been a blessing to perform the plays.
6. And your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge has been the length of the tour. It has been a great test of our character, but also a test of our acting skills. It has taught us how to work at keeping things fresh.
7. If you had to describe the tour in a hashtag what would it be?