Hoopla is a theatre company specialising in music theatre for young people. We are Philip Monks (writer), Jenny Stephens (Director) and Paul Herbert (Musical Director).
Always being moved on, brother and sister Roy and Betharrive at the castle where Macbeth was once King. There they meet the fearsome Laird, the canny Crow and the wily Hagwitch, the Castle Keeper.
Hagwitch challenges them to spend the night in the castle. If they do that, they will lift the ancient curse. And perhaps then they will become King or Queen. But things are not as they seem. There are strange goings-on in the night. And the Three Witches are up to their old tricks.
Will Roy and Beth survive the night or will the witches and ghosts, or their own rivalry get the better of them?
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The development project Encounters With Witches & Ghosts was the forerunner of our new play 3 Witches and took place in Summer 2012. It was in association with The Belgrade Theatre, and included script development (with young people), music and songs, and exploration of the use of digital technology.
|In rehearsal at the Belgrade - Jenny working with Naomi and Dan, who played Roy and LizBeth, the brother and sister travellers who meet the witch on the road.||Integrating the live singing and playing into the piece was a key part of the development process. Unlike The Night Queen, all the music for 3 Witches is original.|
|The Witches gather round the cauldron - here we are experimenting with projection, uplighting, smoke and other effects.||The Witches summon the images of the brother and sister and wonder - will they take the challenge? Sound effects and lightning flashes add to the wildness.|
We worked with a group of 19 Year 6 pupils (10 & 11 years old) to generate ideas about the characters and the story.
They wrote stories, poems and playscripts which they shared with other pupils in the school and family and friends at a sharing event at the school.
Leading up to the sharing event at the school, the children worked with several different members of the creative team: writer Philip Monks, director Jenny Stephens, Musical Director Paul Herbert and the 3 actors: Kathy Toy, Dan Willis and Naomi Lee Schulke. We were also joined by Chris Ash, the composer.
The following week they came to the Belgrade Theatre to see a further staging of the play and to rehearse and perform the song they created - Despair & Doom!
Summer 2011 and then toured to:
the egg, Bath,
More details at www.thenightqueen.net
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Hoopla is grateful for project support from the Arts Council, the Sir Barry Jackson Trust and The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.