On Friday 10th of April, OddBox Theatre Company descended on The Courthouse in Eastleigh to perform their fourth annual variety show. Every year, for the last three years, members of OddBox Theatre are given the opportunity to perform and direct pieces of theatre, music and dance that they themselves feel passionate about; with mentoring from their creative director, Jamie Templeman. (That’s me!)
The Courthouse in Eastleigh, run by the amazing team at SOCO Music project, is a fantastically diverse arts centre which provides spaces for all sorts of arts organisations and people to get creative. It’s also open to the public and offers a variety of workshops for all ages and abilities. The coffee shop inside is a great space to sit and soak up all the creativity and art that surrounds you; you never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll discover. www.socomusicproject.org.uk
OddBox Theatre Company was set up three years ago as a company for 16-25 year olds with the view to become a community for young creatives to not only perform together but, enjoy art, socialise, learn, understand their significance within a team and take ownership and pride in the work they create. I always say that OddBox is not a youth theatre; it is a theatre for young people, and through the creation of a great community we produce great theatre.
Every year we’ve called this variety show “OddBox Introduces” with the idea that OddBox Theatre Company was introducing the acts to the audience. However, this year I had a re-think. The members ARE OddBox and this variety show represents the beginning of the exciting year of OddBox; demonstrating the talent within our community. So, this year I simply changed the name of the show to “Introducing OddBox”.
The understanding of our theatre company’s values is what helps the individuals produce their own performances to such a professional level. We had: musical theatre, Shakespeare, stand-up comedy, storytelling, poetry and a capoeira demonstration to name but a few of the fantastic acts that took place.
The evening also raised money and awareness for local children’s charity U Support who make sports and entertainment accessible to disabled, disadvantaged and sick children. www.usupport.org.uk
The next show on the agenda for OddBox is one act comedy “The Bear”, taking place on the Isle of Wight in July. After which we are very excited to be taking our production of “Shakespeare’s R&J” to the Isle of Wight Shakespeare festival in August.
Although OddBox doesn’t yet have a website you can find out loads about us and our up and coming shows on the Culture Hampshire website of Facebook and Twitter.