Performers get set to take to Hostry Festival stage in Norwich

Total Ensemble perform at the Norfolk Arts Awards.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Total Ensemble perform at the Norfolk Arts Awards. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A Norwich-based inclusive theatre company is preparing to take to the stage for the grand finale of the group's performances at this year's Hostry Festival.

Total Ensemble perform at the Norfolk Arts Awards.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Total Ensemble perform at the Norfolk Arts Awards. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Total Ensemble, which champions inclusive theatre for people of all ages and has many members with additional needs, has been performing a series of shows for the arts extravaganza at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry this week. The group spent months rehearsing three of the four-parts of Dignity (The Right To Move), and on Saturday the 23-person cast will be joined by about 10 members of the public who together will create the final section in a five-hour workshop. The four sections will then be performed together later in the day.

Total Ensemble artistic director Rebecca Chapman said it was 'challenging but exciting' to put together the last part on the very day it is to be performed.

She said: 'The whole show is an introspective look. I talked to all the members about how they feel about life and their immediate environment, and the four pieces connect together. The first is what people don't like about their environment, the second is a dream of a better world. Both were performed at the Norfolk Arts Awards. For part three the themes connect with those of A Doll's House because it was performed for the Hostry Festival's gala performance of A Doll's House. Part four is about community working today, living together and being together. The idea of inviting the public to take part is because it is about community, so we thought, let's see if we can make a new community on the day.'

• Saturday's workshop is now full but tickets are available for the Dignity (The Right To Move) performance at 3pm on Saturday. Tickets £10 (concessions £8). To book visit www.hostryfestival.org or call 01603 598676.


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