Recently he set off on a mission to create ‘a virtual choir & orchestra’ by travelling around the South West collecting a soundscape of over a 100 voices – here is his diary:
Monday 25th March
What an adventure! It’s such a lovely thing to say and do. What is an adventure? I would say it is something you’ve planned a little maybe but don’t quite know what the outcome will be. You have to live by your wits and improvise and be creative. You will have experiences you didn’t plan and make friends who were once strangers. Adventure is nerves mixed with the unknown, hope tinged with panic.
This week, I am about to go on a musical adventure across Cornwall and the South West of England. I will be hosting six workshops, sourcing audio from participants to create a virtual choir and orchestra. Using my loop station and Mac computer, I am going out into the forest to collect berries of sound. I will then use these ingredients to make something delicious. I hope. It is really exciting to collect the sounds before the show has started rehearsals. This show will be an adventure story. I am on my own adventure story now. Let’s start!
Tuesday 26th April
Martin and I drove to Sterts near Liskeard. and that was adventure like. Driving across epic terrain with the sun to our left. We got to the workshop. Our first one.
I was excited and felt confident in the soundscape collecting elements of the show. With the virtual choir side, recording different parts from different groups around the South West, I was slightly apprehensive as it was new ground for me. The group though of 14-16 year olds were so lovely and up for it. They were the best group to have for this first outing of this idea. They have given me confidence to carry on into the week. We drove back to Falmouth in the dark along the most circuitous, creepiest, mysterious route I have ever been on. Sleep tight.
Wednesday 27th April
“A journey into sound”
Four workshops today. Epic! The first one was in Penzance and was fantastic. I’ve got some great sounds from Penwith Academy and I can’t wait to put them into the show soundtrack. We stopped for lunch at Sainsbury’s cafe which used to be the Penzance helipad. I could sense the spirit of adventure from all the helicopters taking off over the years. And then my lunch arrived.
The last three workshops were in Falmouth with Keri’s drama group. Three age groups ranging from five to sixty five and it was brilliant. The groups really got behind the song and hopefully it will stick in the audiences heads long after they have watched it.
One child said this project was “a journey into sound”. Thanks mate.
Thursday 28th March
Water – Check
Vegan Sausage Roll – Check
Kendal Mint Cake – Check
So, Martin and I set off from Falmouth to beyond Cornwall for the furthest reaches of our journey: Gillingham in Dorset.
I live in Margate, which is near the Gillingham in Kent and only today did I find out there was a correct way to say both. I am not going to tell you, if you don’t know. You must find that yourself. The hard way. Through going there.
We came. We saw. We recorded.
Thirty students, all (or more than half) wanting to know more about sound and the different ways it can be manipulated and created. It was a two hour epic workshop and for the last half hour, I just put on a projector and got the students to make sounds to the videos I’d found on YouTube. My favourite was the inside of a stomach. Thirty children all going UUUUUURRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!! was great fun.
Friday 29th March
Yesterday, I think I peaked adventure wise by having a vegan sausage roll. And today was such an easy group at Roseland Academy. So talented and up for trying different games and ideas. I like to have a little structure in a workshop but then go off piste if the students are up for it. Martin and I were given a fantastic treat right at the beginning of the workshop as the school samba band played for us. We got a brilliant recording and there might now need to be a samba section in the show. Look out for it come the Summer.
In fact, look out for all of the sounds come the Summer. Know that 99% of them came from children and adults all across the South West. Being able to run this project has been so exciting for my development too. For the record, vegan sausage rolls are lovely. Just go for it.
Miracle Theatre’s Event Cinema Screening: The Magnificent Three
Watch this rootin’ tootin’ Spaghetti Western adventure for the first time ever on the big screen….YEEHAW!
Heading west across Dead Man’s Prairie, the trail hits a watering hole called Hope Springs. Not a lot ever happened here: mostly lonesome strangers, minding their own business, passing on through but then word got out that the railroad was coming and the town got a whole lot wilder. Seems even most trusted folk can’t always be counted on when there’s money to be made…
When times are bad, salvation can show up in darned unexpected shapes. No one in Hope Springs will ever forget The Magnificent Three.
We’re teaming up with the good people at The Poly in Falmouth to present two screenings of this wild west adventure on Wednesday 20th February. So, if you missed it on tour, or just want to see all the cowboy action again on the big screen, gather up a posse of all ages and join us as we return to the Wild Frontier this half term!
Originally performed outdoors in summer 2015. Written by Bill Scott and Tom Adams.
What people have said about ‘The Magnificent Three’:
‘Witty, Wild & Wacky Western!’ The Cornishman
‘Absolute masterclass in comic timing’ Western Morning News
‘A spaghetti western spoof which manages to cram in every cowboy cliché under the high noon sun, it was slick slap-stick at its darn diggety best!’ The Cornishman
‘FAB-U-LOUS! Especially the slow-mo fight! Loved the humour, loved the songs, loved the characters – Yeehaw Miracle! We’ll be back!’ Audience Feedback
★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★
DATE: Wednesday 20th February
VENUE: The Poly, Falmouth
TIME: 3pm and 7.30pm, running time approx. 2 hrs plus interval
TICKETS: £20 family, £6.75 adults, £5 under 16
TO BOOK: 01326 319461 and via The Poly website – https://goo.gl/9anzcG
Bill Scott and the Miracle team are some of the warmest folk I have ever worked with so joining the family again for this years Christmas show is a bit like coming home. Bill taught me many moons ago at the Hub theatre school surrounded by many fervent students eager to get lead parts. He managed to be the most calmest supportive teacher in what was essentially a bloodthirsty battle ground! Since then I have been lucky enough to work on several projects with Bill as both an actor and assistant director. We have shared many hilarious rehearsals and tense opening nights together so are well prepared for the chaotic delights of Panto.
We made a Victorian version of Aladdin around 12 years ago, Bill wrote a corker of a show with some priceless comedy moments. It is definitely one of the funniest Miracle projects I have worked on. Many of the rehearsals led to us all weeping with laughter once again! We are setting this version in Falmouth 1942 being performed by the eccentric Willoughby-Brown family doing their bit for the war effort. As the local community try to struggle through the idea of celebrating yet another desperate Christmas the Willoughby-Browns are preparing an extraordinary one-off performance of their famous homemade pantomimes.
We are having a ridiculous amount of fun working with our multi-talented cast, all of whom have so many surprises hidden up their leotards. The uniqueness of this bunch will ensure an endless supply of brilliantly bizarre characters delivering tightly choreographed comedy, story telling and song, we hope you’ll enjoy it! Kyla Goodey
“We are so pleased to be returning to Falmouth with our Aladdin, for what is rapidly becoming an annual tradition!” says Bill Scott, Miracle’s Artistic Director. “Apart from an anatomically challenged pantomime camel, the most unusual and appealing feature of this production is the ‘show within a show’ element, where as well as enjoying all the usual seasonal fun – “it’s behind you, oh no it isn’t!” – the audience is allowed glimpses into the backstage world, with the Miracle cast playing ‘The Willoughby-Brown Family’ struggling to give a polished performance while the wheels gradually fall off their theatrical cart!”
The show features a brand-new combination of Miracle on-stage acting and musical talent, with Cinderella and Bah Humbug stars Tom Adams, Keri Jessiman, Giles King and Hannah Stephens being joined on the Pavilion stage by Holly Cassidy (Frankenstein, Dr Livingstone, I Presume), Rose McPhilemy (The Cherry Orchard) and regular Miracle face, Benjamin Dyson.
“I’m excited that we have been able to assemble a cast of Miracle stars, all of whom are natural comedians, blessed with all the talents needed to tell a classic story in a most original and entertaining way.” Continues Bill “And what a creative team! Once again we’ll be enjoying the benefit of Tom Adams’ unique songwriting abilities, a whole new world of costume and set designs from Jude Munden (this will be her 29th production for Miracle!) and the brilliant physical theatre and choreography skills of co-director Kyla Goodey – four heads are definitely better than one!” Bill Scott
We had such a blast last month at Asda Penryn with our Make Do & Mend Christmas decorations, we couldn’t wait to get back out there and continue spreading some Christmas joy!
That’s why we have two events coming up and this time we want you to come and join us!
The Miracle van will be out on the road, transformed into our Make Do & Mend bunker with scrap materials and guides on how to make your own plastic-free decorations.
Dates for your diaries:
Saturday 17 November – The Moor, Falmouth
Saturday 24 November – Lemon Quay, Truro
Click HERE for and download some of our decoration guides so you can make them at home!
We’re looking for enthusiastic, hard working volunteers to join our front of house team this Christmas to help with selling programmes and raffle tickets, stewarding, and generally being a friendly Miracle face.
This year we’re stepping back in time to 1943 as the Willoughby-Brown family bring one of their famous home-spun pantomimes to the Princess Pavilion with the classic fairytale, Aladdin.
With this in mind, we have a few plans for ways we can really get that 1940’s homemade Christmas feel in the auditorium, and that includes you!
If you’re interested in finding out more or would like to get involved with our front of house team, just email firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s Christmas so we understand you won’t be able to come along to every performance, but we do ask that volunteers sign up for at least 5 performances.
It’s a lot of fun and a great way to get that fuzzy, festive feeling this Christmas!