Interview with Company Three
Wednesday 5 June 2019
Company Three is an award-winning company of 75 young people aged 11-19 in Islington, North London. They make theatre for adult audiences that speaks deeply of what it means to be a teenager, through long-term collaboration between their company members and professional theatre-makers. They are running workshops at our national Raising The Game events in London and Wigan in September, tickets now available. More information here.
Why is the word 'collaborating' so important to your work?
Because it's absolutely key if you're going to make work that has the kind of rigour that only experienced professionals can offer, but still speaks deeply of the ideas, personalities and hopes of the young people involved. So many plays made with young people either involve them (literally) dressing up as adults or being in plays that are imposed on them. We want to change that - and we can only do that in a space in which everyone is listening and able to make decisions together.
What excites you about the devising process?
Devising is tough, which is why we've developed a clear step by step method that helps everyone stay on track and keep contributing. We love it when something unexpected happens in a room that suddenly makes all the other things you've been working make sense. Someone throwing in a song that makes a scene really work, or a new idea that links it all together. There's something really brilliant about remembering where you were when a scene that's now part of your play first emerged as a little idea or improvisation.
Can you give us a sneak peek into your workshop for Raising The Game?
We're going to be sharing some of the processes and thinking behind our new play, which is a kind of time capsule made live by a group of young people who want to preserve themselves for an uncertain future.
How are you celebrating your 10th birthday as a company?
By looking to the future! We really want to use theatre to change the way the world sees teenagers. We do that by making plays that shift perspective, but also by sharing our practice and processes through training courses, blueprint plays and mentoring. In order to do that, we need adults to support us - you can find out more at www.companythree.co.uk/c3ten