Catherine was at the wheel, I was riding shotgun and Ben Bendini was in the back.
I was feeling less than enthusiastic at the idea of sleeping on the floor of an old theatre.
With age my enthusiasm for adventure has become somewhat conditional on a nice comfy bed and availability of a decent wireless connection.
I was expecting neither.
Plus, the email message of " we will be camping out in the historical building and theatre space" just totally sounded like the beginning of a horror story to me.
Our friends at Seachange Arts had given us use of the space to get back to business.
Seachange is a Great Yarmouth based independent Arts development charity.
They run The Drill house which is an international creative centre.
They collaborate with creative companies and artists of all sorts, offering residency space to inspirational projects.
They had given us full use of the building space to plan and practice for the next 3 days.
It was actually totally awesome.
If not a tiny bit terrifying…
I'm not going to lie, the mannequins were a bit unsettling.
Seachange Arts were busy preparing for the famous Out There festival.
So we got to chill out here! -
This was no dusty theatre floor! This was an awesome little apartment with Chesterfield couches, a wall covered in mirrors and flamingo parasols used as lampshades!
Decided pretty quickly we were going to need some chips..
With LED effects in the forefront of our mind this little seaside strip and it's plethora of neon letters and twinkly lights was like a gift wrapped box of inspiration.
We took the opportunity to record some video footage and play around with some lens filters before heading back to tent up in our groovy little abode.
Probably made all the more richer by the relief that we hadn't been killed by the scary limbless mannequins.
We had survived what seemed to be the perfect opening story to a perfect horror film AND felt totally rested.
Des and Daisy arrived. We set up the inspiration boards and started by viewing the footage from our showcase.
It feels like a lifetime since we have been in the same room together.
Our original residencies were manic periods of time full of brainstorming and experimentation.
These residencies are a little more structured in so far as we have the bones of what we are doing together.
Now it's all about fine tuning the details.
There is no substitute for being present with each other during these stages.
We fly through our planning and brainstorm some very exciting developments.
Lunch break was full of Seaside food and arcade machines.
We were finally able to look over the showcase footage and make some firm decisions on the parts we need to tweak.
We began to make some firm structure to our storyline and script.
We are all feeling focused and full of fresh enthusiasm... and chips.
We want to give a massive thank you to SeaChange Arts and their fabulous hospitality!
Next week we start our second residency this year at The Junction Cambridge.