RISE: Esra's Rehearsal Diary

Posted on 8 March 2017

Girls are defying the rules. Making waves. Shining bright.
They can be anything they want to be. Can’t they?

Brand new production Rise is taking to the B2 stage at the Belgrade Theatre very soon, performed by some of the Midlands brightest young female talent and directed by Associate Director, Justine Themen.

Rise will explore what it’s like to be a young woman growing up in the 21st century. Frustrated by their experiences of everyday sexism, a group of young women hijack a van and go on a road trip to seek solace from their pop idol, the Queen Bee. But things don’t work out quite as planned, and the young women have to look elsewhere to find a way forward in their own lives.

To get you prepared for this exciting new production, we thought we would share with you Esra’s Rehearsal Diary created by talented lead actress in Rise, Esra Powell. Esra explains what Rise is about and talks about the decision making as a group for the production. The Young Company have had some very intensive rehearsals which you can also get a sneaky peak at in Esra’s behind the scene footage.

Aged from 9 to 25, the all-female cast form the Belgrade’s Young Company, comprised of some of the most promising members from across the theatre’s youth groups. Rise follows in the footsteps of the Belgrade Young Company’s successful production of The Tempest in 2014, which saw a fast-paced and physical interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy.

This year, the Belgrade Community & Education company celebrates the 50th anniversary since its youth theatre groups were established.

Rise will run from Mon 13 to Sat 18 March. Tickets are free but with a request for donations to support the work of the Belgrade Community & Education Company. Seats are unreserved but must be booked through the box office on 024 7655 3055 or online