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The cast of The Girl of Ink and Stars learn Stage Combat!

The Girl of Ink and Stars cast learning Stage Combat

When choosing the production for our Youth Ensemble, we select a piece that requires the cast to learn new skills. The Girl of Ink and Stars has it all – puppetry, stage combat, movement and much more!

We bring in specialist directors to help the young people learn these skills. Last night the group worked with Stage Combat Director, Jeremy Barlow.

During the rehearsal our brilliant cast discovered how to hair pull, head lock, strangle and punch each other without causing any injuries! Having learnt the basic skills, Jeremy worked with the cast to craft a convincing fight scene for the play.

The cast of The Girl of Ink and Stars learning how to Hair Pull.

The hard work doesn’t stop there. To make sure the fights are safe onstage, Jeremey will return to The Watermill during technical rehearsals direct the fight safety on our set. Those involved in the fight scene will then do a ‘fight-call’ before every performance in both slow-motion and full-speed so that they are ready to perform it safely in front of an audience.

We can’t wait to share our fight with you when you come to watch The Girl of Ink and Stars!

By Heidi Bird, Director.

Members of the Girl of Ink and Stars rehearsing a fight scene.

The Girl of Ink and Stars is a gripping tale of adventure, myth, and finding the way home. Based on the novel by Kiran Hardgrave.

You can find out more and book your tickets here: https://www.watermill.org.uk/youth_ensemble

About the Youth Ensemble 

The Watermill has a reputation for producing high-quality youth theatre productions that are both enthralling and entertaining. This spring we are delighted to welcome our newly created Youth Ensemble who will take to the stage to impress and inspire our audiences.

For the first time, our Youth Ensemble will be made up of young people aged 11+ who take part in one of The Watermill’s regular weekly groups, including participants from our specialist access groups for young people who are Home Educated, have Autism, have added complications in their lives or are Deaf/deaf or have a hearing impairment. We are delighted to form this brilliant company of actors who will come together and tell a unique and inspiring story.