Assistant Director Scott Hurran shares his thoughts about the community company:
"For the last couple of weeks we have been recruiting our community company, and casting for the principal roles. Our community company consists of around 50 performers who will form the migrants at all of the camps. Every week myself and the director Abbey Wright have developed our ideas for the community company; this has consisted of the whole company sharing their findings on how the current migrant crisis reflects the one John Steinbeck was writing about in 1939.
Abbey also shared her experiences of the people she met while visiting the camps in Calais. This was incredibly valuable in giving the company an insight into the world of living in a camp. When the play visits Weedpatch camp we are whipped up into a frenzy of dance, so we have been learning some choreography from John Ross, the show's movement director which has been great fun. When the show goes out on tour, each venue has their own community company. I have been privileged enough to visit each of those venues to meet the companies. It is such a joy to be developing and making this show with so many members of the community about a story that is so relevant to our current times."