The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us is a collaboration between the Royal Exchange’s Elder’s Company and Young Company.  This is ‘an eclectic group of performers who play, move and speak together. In this show the actors don’t play characters and don’t tell a story, instead they share their thoughts, feelings and experience.’

The Young Company talk about what they want from life, the fluidity of gender, wanting to see a specific painting; they express their feelings through dance.  The Elders Company talk about their memories of love, their views on death, experiences that have changed their lives; they also dance, some wildly.  Often, they come together in pairs through unspoken movement.

There are many parallels with My Young and Foolish Heart, part of the Truth About Youth Festival in 2012 (the Guardian reviewed this here).  The performance is built on the distance between generations, yet showing all the time how similar everyone is, how we can all learn from each other if we only choose to look and listen.   Sections of the piece are tailored to the specific skills of the performers.  Spoken word reflects each individual.  It’s a very personal vision, and director Andrew Barry and choreographer Christopher Owen use words and movement to great effect.

I was fortunate to take part in the original Fusebox project in 2007/08, in which nine non-actors were taken through the development of a short production over five months, performed over two nights in the studio.  Directed by Amy Leach and the Royal Exchange Education Department, that production also used devised words and movement to create a powerful message.  That was one of the best things I have ever had the chance to be part of.  I guess that many of tonight’s participants would feel the same way.

The Space Between Us was performed in the studio from 17 to 20 Feb 2017.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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