Once upon a time, four people had a conversation in a garden over homemade scones and almond cake. Little Earthquake wanted to make a family show and Black Country Touring wanted to help make it happen. Let’s work together, we all said. And so that’s what we did. Nearly three years after that conversation, we are all very proud to present The Boy Who Became A Beetle to you today.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]We have all been on a massive yearlong journey of discovery — when we started, we knew almost nothing about what the show would be, who would make it or how it would turn out.[/pullquote]
But it has taken a lot more than four people to get this far. There is an enormous network of artists, technicians, advisers, managers, education professionals and kind souls across the country who have all leant a helping hand. One special group of people, though, has arguably had a bigger influence than any other.
Since September 2014, we have been working with nearly 100 Young Producers — pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 at five primary schools across the Black Country who have been involved in every element of the theatre-making process: from choosing the show idea and developing the story, through to recruiting the creative team, contributing ideas for the design and music, and, finally, to hosting and promoting a performance in each of their schools as part of this initial tour.
The very first question we asked in our very first session with each group was: “Who is the most important person in the theatre?” — and to begin with, most of the Young Producers said it was the main actor or the director. But after we looked at all of the jobs and all of the skills and all of the hard work that goes into making a show happen, someone always came up with (what we feel is) the right answer: “The most important person is everybody.” And that, we said, is how our show would get made: by working as a team, by collaborating, by exploring ideas, sharing opinions and making decisions together.
We have all been on a massive yearlong journey of discovery — when we started, we knew almost nothing about WHAT the show would be, WHO would make it or HOW it would turn out. Now, after more than 80 hours of contact sessions with the groups, and many hundreds of hours of work by the whole team on top of that, the show is ready for its first public outing.
You can Tweet about the show afterwards and tell us whose side you’re on using the production’s two hashtags! Are you #TeamBeetle or are you #TeamBuster?
We all hope you enjoy the performance!