Santiago is five years old, full of energy and cheekiness! The image of Santiago playing the horse will forever be etched in my memory!
There was no question as to who or what we were; Santiago jumped right into the play and led us all to the end. He was one of the first kids that we played with in Peru and it became very clear during his show that energy can truly be transferred through a screen from one country to another. He really understood how to use and play with the camera from the get go, especially in the game with Titania with his eyes being right up close to the lens.
Being able to bring this work to Peru has been incredible and something I think we all thought was probably impossible, especially during a global pandemic. The magnitude of what we’ve been able to share together still hasn’t quite sunk in yet!
Having joined the company a year ago, I only participated in a day of in person workshops pre pandemic and so I have had a unique perspective of experiencing the work predominantly online. It’s been remarkable to watch first hand how a lot of the participants that had previously worked with the company in a physical space have been able to adapt online using zoom.
Initially I thought maybe the success of this was because the participants already had a degree of familiarity with the company
however it was evident during the first few shows in Peru that what makes this work special is that it transcends barriers such as language and technology. What made the work feel so natural in Peru was that the families of the participants had so much trust and belief in us and the show. Without the love and connection that we all shared, this work wouldn’t have the same impact.
In fact the main difficulties we faced were mainly related to the internet being sticky, however we seem to have more issues with that in the UK than we had in Peru.
-Natasha Haward, Actor-