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Exeter’s chance to shine!

Exeter’s chance to shine!

Read about Exeter’s route and involvement within the procession!

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Meet Sherlock and The Met Office Man…

Sherlock – Joshua Clarke

Joshua is a second year drama student at the University of Exeter originally hailing from Plymouth.  In the past year he has performed at the Northcott Theatre as a dancer in Carmina Burana and as Dexter in the Footlights production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.  He is currently working as Musical Director for a production of Little Shop of Horrors and is very excited about taking on the physical and interactive role of Sherlock in his home county of Devon.

Met Office Man – Dan McNeill

Dan is an undergraduate Drama student at Exeter University.  He is a committed performer and has appeared in as many productions as possible over the last three years: recent notable performances include Lysistrata; Beowulf; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Voyage to Change the World, at the Barbican Theatre Plymouth and 2012 feature film Hawk(e). Dan is very excited about being involved with the Battle for the Winds project – he missed out on Olympic tickets earlier this year and can’t believe he is going to be part of the Olympic performances in the South West.

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Exeter’s lead actress

Here is a bit of information about our lead actress in the procession, Emma:

Emma-Rose moved from Norwich to study Drama at Exeter University. She works as a freelance artist/facilitator, specialising in dance and theatre training. She attended Heather Millan School of Performing Arts, going on to perform nationally, gaining experience in various dance forms, physical theatre, commedia dell arte, Butoh and LeCoq. She is affiliated with Big Foot Theatre Company, DAISI, Magic Carpet, Vital Space Vital Signs, Devon Youth Dance, and Devon Youth Theatre. Further credits include: ‘Carmina Burana’, Northcott Theatre; Royal Albert Hall; Minack Theatre; ‘Judy the Musical’, Edinburgh Fringe; London Symphony Hall; Birmingham Arena; Lord Mayor’s Procession, Norwich; Theatre Royal, Norwich; and Norwich Playhouse. Next year Emma-Rose will be remaining in Exeter, taking her Masters in Applied Theatre.

Emma-Rose is very much looking forward to performing as the lead character ‘Lady of the Wind’ in the Exeter torch procession in May. Over the past three years she has felt that Exeter has truly become her home and feels there is no better way to represent the city than by the torch relay!Image

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Battle for the Winds – Exeter, 20th May 2012

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Puppet Production day at Forkbeard Studios – Monday 5th March

Hannah, from the puppetry team, reports on working at the Forkbeard Studios:

Surrounded by the past creations of the Forkbeard Fantasy team you can’t help but be inspired and in awe of all the things lining the studio’s walls: a very convincing old granny dozing in a chair, a life-size moving horse and a giant goddess-like statue are just a few things that make you feel like you’ve got a hard job reaching their standard! But with their help these ‘puppets’ (a word which really doesn’t do these giant costumes and props justice) are going to look incredible. Today was focused on making the three beasts/hounds of Dartmoor, and if it’s possible, try to imagine 5ft+ black dogs towering out from the wearers’ upper bodies. The skeletons look like works of art themselves, then muslin covers the body and fearsome heads with moving jaws complete these constructions. It’s detailed work, and a lot of experimentation is involved, with trial and error being a key component of the day’s work! But by the end of the day they’ve taken shape and it’s finally possible to imagine what these fantastic costumes are going to look like amid all the other colourful creations of the procession.

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Forkbeard Fantasy meeting

Last week the entire production team and ensemble of performers met with Chris from Forkbeard Fantasy.

Chris updated us on the stage of the project: what elements are currently underway and the general progression of the project as a whole.

He explained the order of the procession (with a detailed drawing!), going through all the participating schools and colleges and confirming their place and theme within the procession. These included themes such as cream teas, seagulls, lamb puppets and live music from Exeter College street band. University of Exeter shall be at the beginning of the procession, with our lead performer Emma guiding the way.

Costumes were fitted (see photos below) with some wacky and colourful designs, and this weekend puppet construction commenced at the Forkbeard Fantasy studio! (Images will follow soon).

The ball is definitely rolling! 



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Performer Auditions

A video of Battle for the Winds performer auditions.

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Costume Fittings


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