The 3 workshops run through the autumn of 2017 explored the themes and materials being developed for BytheWay through music, movement and sound.
On 28th September Karen Wimhurst led us in creating music for songs written by members of the group about the stories of BytheWay Wood. With Karen’s help we now have a Drovers’ song. We also learnt a new skill – using our bodies as musical instruments to develop a body percussion piece. For those of us not confident in singing this made us all feel like musicians!
The movement workshop, led by Jasmine Taylor on 19th October, turned us all into navvies working on the railway line which used to run along the top of the BytheWay Field. We hoped to use the choreographed piece of co-ordinated movement in the production later in the year.
Finally at the workshop with Tony and Adrian on Thursday November 23rd we started to pull it all together, using the themes and recordings we have developed so far in preparation for the start of rehearsals in 2018. Adrian introduced us to the headphones sets we would be using in the production and we recorded a selection of BytheWay sounds and words and were amazed at the high sound quality and very atmospheric effects we produced.