In August 2011, The North Wall hosted a three week residency for fifteen talented young actors, designers and technicians, aged between 17 and 24, who won a place on the project after a series of national auditions. The ensemble were led by all six members of the Awake Team, headed up by Christopher Sivertsen, artistic director and founder of Awake Projects, working in collaboration with Lucy Maycock, the Artistic Director of The North Wall and dramaturge on the project.
The participants were guided by each member of the Awake Team in their specialist areas of stage art (text, music, song, acrobatics and circus, dance and rhythms). With the director and dramaturge, the ensemble devised, rehearsed and publicly performed an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt at The North Wall on 20 and 21 August 2011.
The work with the young people at The North Wall will be developed into Awake’s future projects in Central London, Sweden, Poland, France and Norway.
“I truly believe that participating in the Peer Gynt project last summer enriched my understanding of myself, movement and voice which ultimately helped me gain a place on the acting course at Central School of Speech and Drama.” Erica Jeffrey