Kynren Season 3 – The Story So Far

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The third season of Kynren ends tomorrow evening and draws a close to another summer, and once again what an adventure it has been.

Returning and picking up where I left off this season, after a short break through illness I was raring to go, but in reflection no matter how difficult I found it to be leaving this project, it was the best decision I made in regards to my own health.

This season I came back refocused, refreshed, stronger and more importantly; better, with a completely new mind set to enable me to do exactly what I wanted to do, and that was to pick up where I left off.

Since March 2016, I always had this plan of writing and recording my journey throughout Kynren, and this blog has had some up and down journeys of it’s own.

From the moment you start something new and your enthusiasm takes over, you’re excited to make a difference, and make a positive change in your life and routine, to explore new possibilities and gain new experiences.

And then one day, or a moment within a day, you suddenly wonder if it’s for you, why have you committed yourself to doing it?

I found that with writing at some points within my journey but never with volunteering at Kynren.

Kynren wasn’t my first jaunt into volunteering, but it was my most important one, it has changed me.

Not necessarily about the project, but definitely about the people who are involved in all capacities.

We are all different, yet we are all the same!

The Archers are classed as one big family and we are.

It’s the best descriptive tone that can be portrayed on us.

There are so many of us now that there are still people you catch glances at and think I’ve never seen you before, and they may well be saying the exact same thing to themselves about me too.

Every team knows each other, and to the rest you may feel like distant cousins, but we are all still family.

With writing and this blog, through that initial moment of self-doubt, I continued and it took me onto some amazing opportunities.

Starting with writing my first published article for the official tourism website, This is Durham.

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I can still recall taking the opportunity all in my stride and then telling close friends in my Archers circle, how am I going to write this?

They believed in me when I certainly didn’t.

It’s different laying your thoughts out in word form on a page, on your personal page, describing your own personal journey, but to write an article whereby it is published by another source, for those to critic and review it.

I remember writing it the day before my deadline, I won’t ever do that again, the pressure was intense, and many times I thought about contacting them and apologising and saying I can’t do it.

But on that night I took the confidence that my teammates, my fellow Archers had bestowed on me and I wrote an article that really changed my life.

It was submitted, accepted and published for the whole of the internet to read, I couldn’t have done that without the support of the Archers, not at all.

From there it lead onto becoming shortlisted for a National Award in 2017 in the UK Blog Awards and representing Kynren through this blog in a lavish ceremony in Westminster, London, and showcasing our truly amazing show.

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It is something I will never forget and treasure forever.

It may seem I have gone off subject a little bit, and I do this regularly in my blog articles, but today there is a reason for it.

When I returned to Kynren this season, I was wanting to come back and pick up where I left off.

I returned back to the show team, having rehearsed the season prior in show team 5, where I was made so welcome.

This season I chose to let the casting team decide which team they decided to place me into; this year it was show team 7.

My original goal was to write and record my journey going team to team each year.

Starting in the Experience team, and then moving onto the Show team and then from there another team and another one each time.

I thought when I returned to the Kynren Project and especially the show team, I would be writing consistently as there would be so much to say, so much to write about, and believe me there absolutely is.

And that is without revealing anything that only the Archers know about.

But this is where it suddenly becomes hard, and difficult, and unexplainable, how on earth do you describe something that leaves you with tingles going up and down your spine, not only thinking it but unable to stop yourself saying out loud “wow”, that overall and emotionally charged proudness that each and every show brings.

You can’t describe that!

You can only see it, live it, and feel it!

This season I have featured throughout every show and I’ll be in the cast for the final show on Saturday night as well.

In each show cast in a number of different roles throughout the summer, sometimes 4, 5 or even sometimes 6 costume changes throughout each show with many other cast members doing the same or even more.

From Romans, Normans, Pennant Knights, Flaming Drummers, Swordsmen, Knights of the Roundtable, English and French Soldiers, French Drummer, Musketeer, Harvester, Miner, World War Soldier, Miners Gala Band, or even a character role within the finale.

 

I’ve been cast each show in a number of these scenes and a number of different roles per scene throughout all of the shows this season.

I’m already looking forward to finding out which roles I’ll be entrusted to perform in come tomorrow night’s show.

Backstage is a hive of activity as you may imagine, hundreds of actors back and forth on set, quick changes and straight back out for their next scenes, throughout an action packed 90 minute performance that the visitors witness, but seems even quicker for those who take centre stage, it passes by in an instant.

From the moment you first enter the stage it feels like literally just minutes before you take your final bow.

3 years on how does it feel?

Quite simply amazing really, the proudness and excitement that each Archer must feel is immense.

It certainly feels that way for me.

Kynren provides each volunteer with a lift, something to look forward to at the end of each week, and sometimes twice over on double show weekends.

Tomorrow sees our final performance of the season, it will be like no different, every single show is special to us, but yes tomorrow brings even more of an added sense of excitement, we are each raring to go and put on another fantastic show that the audience will leave feeling that exact same wow factor that I had mentioned earlier.

From a family of Archers comes close friendships, a community of people, from those that have been here since it has started and those who have just joined us this year.

Friendships like these you value the people and you will have strong connections with them for a lifetime.

Just a couple of weeks ago Kynren’s volunteers were awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service, what an incredible achievement that is for anyone.

This award is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups and, therefore, is a fantastic recognition for all the voluntary effort every single Archer has contributed over all three seasons of Kynren.

What’s left to say apart from my future plans?

Kynren I feel very at home with, I’ve mentioned many times before it has changed me as a person and how I view and value life, giving back is something we all should look to do in life, in whichever way or project you choose to be involved in.

I volunteer in a number of different community projects within my hometown of Bishop Auckland, obviously being in Kynren and also Bishop FM amongst others.

Writing plays a big part in my creativity and it’s something I aim to continue with in the future.

I’ve always said that I was going to roam each team each year, viewing the project and writing about new experiences from a completely different set of eyes.

I have witnessed a completely different aspect of Kynren this year, taking in roles that I have never seen before, especially on show nights.

There are no easy roles in Kynren that is for sure, but there is a role for anyone and all abilities.

I would recommend to anyone to come along and become involved.

A question I am asked virtually every week is where will I be next year.

I actually made my mind up a few weeks ago on where I would like to go next season, but I simply haven’t told anyone, until now.

That answer for now is Show Team 7.

I feel completely at home in this team, I’ve been made to feel very welcome by several faces that I have known and many new ones that I have gotten to know throughout the season.

It’s a team that is very tightly bonded, with lots of camaraderie and banter flowing from the minute you arrive to the moment you leave and then some.

I’ve weighed up all my options throughout the season and I have observed each and all of the teams and I am in complete awe of what each of them do.

Who knows sometime in future years I may join and become their teammates.

But for now, I’m staying loyal to the team I absolutely love being a part of and that is Show Team 7.

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Thank you to every single Archer for making Kynren everything that it is, enjoy show number 17, and we’ll see you all on the other side to celebrate the close of another wonderful season.

For more information or to book tickets please visit Kynren’s website:

http://kynren.com/tickets

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to be a part of the cast and crew on the project, please visit my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/Kynren-Blog/

 

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Kynren Show 5 Awaits

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Kynren has now seen four show performances of season 3, and my original prime reason for joining the cast was to experience and write about it from a different perspective from season 1 in the Experience team.

I honestly thought to write about how it feels to be a member of the cast team would come naturally, describing the emotions, the anticipations, the nervousness of the shows, to capture everything that we feel, alongside everything that we do.

But in reality even though we feel these emotions pre and post show, how on earth do you just sit down and try to put it all down in words.

In all honesty it took until after the second show to start writing this article, but it was only ever half-finished because for all who read it, it will never ever do the show any real true justice if you don’t come along and visit it for yourself, and witness the majestic show through your own eyes.

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So what has it been like to see it, to feel it, to be in it from a cast team perspective?

Different would be an ideal choice of word.

One of the biggest aspects for me personally is to see what actually takes place behind the scenes of the Kynren show against that first season being front end, meeting and greeting the many visitors locally or from far and away locations.

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From my vantage point I not only get to experience what it is like from a cast point of view, but I also get to see and appreciate just in small details of what many of the other teams carry out that makes Kynren; Kynren.

Come show nights and tonight will be no different, there are many teams working hard behind the scenes to make the transition for the cast members as smooth as possible.

From the Costume team who are a vital part in the roles we play, from not only hand crafting all of the beautiful costumes, their focus turns on show nights as dressers across all the different cast teams, and I personally wouldn’t know where I’d be without their help and support.

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The Kynren show to a visitor is a fast paced 90 minute live action show but believe me behind the scenes it feels like only a fraction of that time.

Over the course of the last four public shows and of course the press night before it, cast members can be casted on any show night from between 4 to 8 different scenes on average, with so many different costume changes to be negotiated.

It’s manic, but controlled mayhem, often passing by other cast members with words of encouragement, support and often smiles and laughter too.

Who knew Kynren would get you so fit?

I used to walk miles and miles when I had the Kynren Experience team red jacket on, helping and assisting many different visitors to the site, but now it’s lots of running behind the scenes, including becoming experts running with wellies on.

From the Costume team to the Props team, they too do most of their work on an ongoing basis, and play a similar role on show night’s assisting the cast members through scene after scene, and another vital and unseen team that deserves all the plaudits.

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Both the beautiful costumes and the fantastically produced props that showcase everything that Kynren is, is a credit for everyone involved in each team.

The Pyro team who are responsible for all the fireworks that light up the sky and enhance the performance of the show cross paths with some of the casting teams once the show starts.

Anything to do with fire that the cast team members hold or use, this element is controlled by the Pyro team, each cast member who partake in these roles have attended fire training before being able to be trained in each scene, very much the same to all the combat and archery training too.

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Their expertise and support is invaluable to aid our own safety.

The same could be said about our Go team, positioned strategically all around the Kynren site, the role that they undertake is not only making sure each section of the cast arrive on scenes on time, to key precision, but also to keep us all safe with so much going on in and around the stage and back stage areas.

I believe it is a fantastic and unique opportunity to witness what each volunteer does within their roles and teams, which all play such an important part in delivering the successful show that Kynren is.

A question I am often asked is where I’ll be going next season?

I honestly don’t know.

I suppose I have a few months to decide yet.

It was always my intention to keep moving around the various teams, so I can keep learning, keep developing and keep writing this blog from a fresh perspective each season, and I would like to think that will be exactly what I will do, but… having witnessed now from a couple of teams perspectives, and seeing a little more closer what each of the other do and are responsible for, there are no easy roles in Kynren.

But each one very enjoyable, surrounded by the likeminded people you call teammates and friends.

What happens on show nights?

Show nights are without question the best day of the week, it’s a day that all ‘Archers’ look forward too and count the days down, and on a day like today, when you arrive all depends on what role you do and what team you are in.

Teams such as the Cavalry, Tech, Props, Costumes and Operations will arrive earlier than teams such as the Cast.

In fact the Cast are the last ones to arrive in mass on show nights.

Everyone is just raring to go, and get down there.

In the Experience team during season one, I could have been there around 3pm for briefings before being show ready to welcome 8,000 people into Kynren on show nights.

This year being part of the Cast, I won’t arrive until around 6pm tonight, some of the team leaders will be there before that time and no doubt some members of the Cast will be there earlier to enjoy the atmosphere.

Each volunteer will check in, and head to their various team rooms located across the site to find out what roles they’ll be playing each evening and selecting their costumes.

Throughout the four shows, it’s never been the same roles I’ve played week after week.

My team; 7, have had to learn over 20 different roles across most scenes in the show, we can literally be cast for any of them each show night, some scenes we have teammates involved in every aspect of the scene, whereby we’ve had to learn the choreography for all roles.

From Romans, to Bowmen firing flaming arrows and combat, Normans and Knights, to flaming drums and more choreographed combat against the Scots, World War, Mines and the popular Miner’s Gala scene and that’s just to name a few.

 

We literally could be involved in anything and everything, and that makes everything very real and very exciting all at the same time.

I’m not going to lie either, the first couple of shows I was a bag of nerves, the waiting to go on for your first scene for me was terrifying, standing there completely outside of your comfort zone questioning yourself for being there.

And then it’s go time!!!

All of those many months of training suddenly kick in and you go and perform to the waiting audience and deliver exactly what you have been trained to do.

Play your part to deliver an Exceptional World Class Show!

Tonight brings show number 5 and I’m very much looking forward to it, for any visitors reading this, don’t be put off by the weather, it’s arguably better in the rain, and believe me I’ve sat and watched it in torrential rain.

Kynren has a magic about it, but the lucky ones who have experienced it whilst it was raining have seen something very different, very special, under the lights, the smoke makes everything look very eerie and just adds to the show.

Whether you have tickets for this evening, you have already attended or are looking to attend this summer, thank you, you make everything even more worthwhile and we hope you enjoy it.

For more information or to book tickets please visit Kynren’s website:

http://kynren.com/tickets

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to be a part of the cast and crew on the project, please visit my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/Kynren-Blog/

Season 3 – Kynren Is Back!

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Tonight sees the return of Kynren for it’s third season, but it really doesn’t feel like yesterday from the moment we all volunteered.

Kynren has transitioned and grown since the first year, really even before that.

Thinking back to the moment Eleven Arches and Bishop Auckland announced that Kynren was going to happen, I was pleased but I had absolutely no intention of becoming involved.

I had many other “things” going on in my life, and whilst I thought it was fantastic for the area and the town, I wasn’t committed to being a part of it.

How wrong could I possibly be?

I got involved in Kynren around 6 months before the very first show of the very first season.

Friends constantly encouranging me to join and be a part of something that they could see was going to be special.

Week by week, they wore me down, and because of them, in that moment and moments, they gave me the greatest thing they could possibly give me.

They introduced me to a world of volunteering.

Until you do volunteer, whether it’s Kynren, whether it’s also Bishop FM for me, a charity, a sports club or whatever it is, it changes you.

Volunteering gives you a chance to not only give back to someone or something that needs and appreciates your time, but it allows you to really discover the person who you are, and all and everything that you are truly capable of, without actually knowing it.

Kynren has and will keep continuing to change lives, because it certainly has with mine.

I’m more aware of people than I ever have been before, I would always class myself as a people person, but to truly understand people of all wavelengths, some that are not necessarily who would fit your model, but then go onto becoming not only a friend, but a good friend, that you can depend on for life.

Kynren is so much more than a show, so much more!

Tonight is the very first live public performance, and the build up and excitement feels very much to how the first show of the very first season felt like.

For me, I’m experiencing it in a completely different team, but the same feelings and anticipation feels exactly the same.

Kynren is the name of a project.

Kynren is the name of a world class show.

But Kynren means a whole lot more to every individual who has given their time to it.

Kynren is the catalyst to a changing and developing town that is Bishop Auckland.

With all progress it really does take time, but through this show and other developments it truly is showing the way; that Bishop Auckland has a truly exciting future.

But the Kynren I first joined to the Kynren that is now is different.

Different in a good way.

It’s maturing!

 

Way back in 2016, which seems a lifetime ago now, the Kynren site was a construction site, a dream and a vision that many backed, but not quite sure of what it was, or what it was about to turn into.

I mentioned many times throughout this blog, Kynren has been a game changer.

It truly has!

Not just for me, but for many.

Yes the whole point leads you up to days like today, the first live show of a brand new season.

But what you see isn’t all that Kynren is about.

The show is amazing, seeing is believing, and until you see it with your own eyes, you won’t really understand it, but when you do, you’ll never forget it, and it will leave you with a sense of pride and passion to keep returning, time and time again.

But Kynren as I said is more than what you see, it’s the starting point of regeneration of a town that badly needs it.

And not just Bishop Auckland, it’s supporting communities and County Durham as a whole.

But that isn’t all.

If you strip Kynren back to what it means for every single person that is and has been involved, it tells so many different stories on why?

We all have a story to tell!

But one story which many if not all volunteers can’t help but express is pride, today is no different, everyone is proud of not only what Kynren means, what Kynren is instilled within our hearts, but we are each here, ready and now to deliver the very first of an amazing show of an amazing summer.

I want to wish all Kynren volunteers, staff and everyone that has been associated with this project over the last three years, gratitude and respect, we have done this.

Whether you believed in the project from the very start, or you are here now, your here and that’s all that matters.

We are Archers, this is our symbol, this is our name, and we are proud to deliver Kynren to our welcoming audience.

I hope and wish you all have a fantastic night and an incredible summer!

I also want to acknowledge as I always do at this point each year to the Archers who are no longer with us, you believed in this project, at times when some didn’t, you grew with Kynren, just as Kynren grew with you.

You are a part of Kynren’s history and new heritage, and you all, will never be forgotten, ever!

Thank you for all that you did.

We are a family at Kynren, we are close, we cherish the moments, we encourage and support, we love and we laugh.

But Kynren is completely; the story of us.

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For more information or to book tickets please visit Kynren’s website:

http://kynren.com/tickets

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to be part of the cast and crew on the project, please visit my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/Kynren-Blog/

So this is what it’s like.

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Last night was Kynren’s Press Night and it came and went within a blink of an eye, exactly like fellow teammates had told me it would.

I’ve always said, and have always wondered what it would be like to experience this wonderful project from a completely different perspective and another set of eyes, and that was it, and I want more.

As yesterday came I felt calmer, more reassured being around many cast who have lived and breathed these shows before.

There were still understandable nerves, but nerves are always good, breathe deeply, hit your mark, and go and deliver your small part of what helps to make Kynren; Kynren.

From outside in, from viewing the show performers from the Experience team within the first year I’ve always had the upmost respect for each member of the cast, as I do with every volunteer within all of the roles of the Kynren project.

But to see each perform on the evening, and to witness everything that they do is something that you can’t really appreciate until you are there.

It’s hard work but we all love it.

For me in team 7, I had on the evening 6 different costume changes, and although difficult at times, I managed to hit my stage entrances on time, so I am more than happy with that.

The Kynren show as we the cast and crew know is outstanding, year on year it continues to go up levels, the newer scenes, I too am yet to physically see but I know about them, and I know that they are outstanding, performed by outstanding people.

Within this blog I don’t often talk about the show, I talk about the emotional process of volunteering, and today will be no different.

Last night was press night and I’ll leave the reviews of the show to the professionals.

What I will say though is, it is a complete honour to stand beside many people who have come together for a common cause, to help develop an idea, a project, into a world class show.

Throughout the first two years, Kynren has welcomed thousands of visitors from far and wide.

Within the town of Bishop Auckland and County Durham to many from across the UK and abroad.

Throughout the summer I expect we’ll welcome thousands more, who will arrive with excitement and leave in awe, with an underlying sense of pride.

We all help and support each other through it, lots of encouragement and positivity.

And where would we all be without the crew that the visitors may not see.

From the costume teams helping us change in between scenes, to the go team keeping us safe when there is so much going on and off stage behind the scenes.

I already know that the Experience team will give you all the biggest and most friendliest of welcomes, as I once had the pleasure of wearing those red jackets.

And from there the crew that you don’t see, the tech team, the props team the pyro team, the divers, operations and even the first aid team, each individual deserves that finale bow as much as anyone else does.

We are all one on this project, we each play our parts, and together we create something not only unique, but simply something exceptional.

Kynren’s first show of seventeen live performances this summer takes place on Saturday 30th June.

For more information or to book tickets please visit Kynren’s website:

http://kynren.com/tickets

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to be part of the cast and crew on the project, please visit my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/Kynren-Blog/

Tonight’s The Night!

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I could have written this article many times over during this week, but I purposely held off until today to write it.

Tonight sees Kynren host the press, alongside many local residents and Archers; family and friends.

The weather forecast today isn’t exactly ideal for those that will be sitting in the tribune to watch the show this evening, but believe me Kynren sparkles even more than it possibly could, if it rains.

No matter the weather, you will witness an incredible show, that will leave you in complete awe, appreciation and proudness.

For me, this week, I’ve been a ‘ball of nervous excitement’, reading my blogs back against season 1, that’s exactly how I was going into this day three years ago.

I wanted to do well, I wanted to turn all my knowledge from training into practice, and today is absolutely no different.

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I’ve taken the time this week to speak to many different volunteers who have taken part in the cast before.

I have asked how it felt, or if  they were nervous.

I fondly remember each of those shows during the first season, I wasn’t there to witness what each of them did, or what they saw, but I got to experience their emotions, their success, and their joy.

Tonight it’s my turn to hopefully witness what they saw, and feel every single emotion that they’ve felt.

Half of me is calm, more calm today now the day is here, but equally there is a part of me that is scared, and I’m not afraid to admit that.

Being part of the show team is exciting, it’s rewarding, and you learn so much about your own capabilities, but equally in turn, I’ve discovered it’s very much, so out of my own comfort zone.

I’m glad I’ve taken the opportunity to experience it all though, because it has shown me that if you are willing to try, and work hard, anything can be achieved with self dedication and great support and encouragement around you.

Waking up today doesn’t feel as nerve wrecking as I thought it was going to be, although this week I’ve been on edge.

I always say to others that ‘nerves are good, it shows you that you care’, I care, I don’t want to let anyone down, but equally I know I’ve been trained by the best, supported by a loyal community of Archers, and all we need to do now is go out there and deliver.

And deliver, we will.

 

 

Tonight obviously sees the mainstream press in attendance, television, radio and newspapers, alongside many bloggers and photographers.

It’s a big night and an exciting one too.

Kynren is a live outdoor show, with 1,000 strong cast and crew, that will take visitors on a breath-taking time travel adventure through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend.

But Kynren is more than just what you will see on that stage tonight.

Kynren is the heartbeat of a developing community, the warmth and friendliness that each volunteer brings, it lights up the hearts of every visitor to the site.

Each smile, lights the next one, so much so it becomes infectious.

I’ve said it many times throughout this blog that Kynren has been a game changer for many people in this community, especially for me.

I’ve learnt so much about myself, I’ve learnt so much about others too.

I’ve learnt that hidden talents can lie hidden amongst us, but until we try, and challenge ourselves we may never know what we each are capable of.

I know teamwork makes the dream work, by working alongside likeminded people dreams are no longer dreams they can and do become a reality.

3 years ago, maybe a little bit longer, no one could have really envisioned what we have all collectively created.

Tonight’s the night and the Archers are going to put on a show that you will never want to forget.

We’ll see you on the other side.

Kynren’s first show of seventeen live performances this summer takes place on Saturday 30th June.

For more information or to book tickets please visit Kynren’s website:

http://kynren.com/tickets

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to be part of the cast and crew on the project, please visit my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/Kynren-Blog/

Kynren 2018 – Are You Ready?

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The last time I wrote, my post was regarding the anticipation of heading into the stage rehearsals.

That was two months ago now, and I haven’t written since.

Having always said I wanted to experience this Kynren project from a fresh pair of eyes each year, and to see this show from a completely different perspective each time.

Since the very first stage rehearsal, to full dress rehearsal, and then last night to full show conditions including pyrotechnics, it’s only really now that I feel as though I can write this update, as quite frankly where do you really start?

Since the very start of our rehearsals, which feel like a long time ago, because they were.

The many months that each cast and crew member has put in, to listen, to learn, to practice, and practice and practice some more.

Repetition after repetition to know your choreography, to understand the music for your cues on entering and exiting the stage, to appreciate how your roles link into the overall picture of what each visitor will see on a summer’s evening is now something for me to behold.

As each rehearsal has come and gone, my ability to pick up each choreographic scene has taken time, for me it’s about a process, I’m self confessed not a quick learner, especially when I experience new things that are a complete unknown to me.

But one thing I have always focused on was the belief.

That belief is not only your training, which has been exceptional since day one.

But it’s been your teammates, the cast members, the people that stand beside you in each scene.

There’s people that you know, and there’s still hundreds of faces who you are seeing for only the very first time.

Some are new.

Some are seasoned professionals and have been here since day one, going back unbelievable three years ago now.

For me, I take inspiration from them all, every single person that has performed on that stage, who has been there, in exactly the same position I’m in, and now about to experience for myself.

The confidence I now take into each performance, I take with vigor knowing that I’m in the best company possible to perform on the greatest stage.

Kynren?

What can anyone possibly say who has seen it?

Who has experienced from each different set of eyes?

It’s special.

It’s unique.

It’s mindblowing.

Awe inspiring.

And just leaves you lost for words, with an overwhelming proudness.

For all the visitors who have booked their tickets and counting down the days to visit our show, whether it’s your very first time or you return each year, your in for a feast of entertainment that your eyes won’t know where to look.

Kynren is exceptional.

There is a real buzz flowing through the volunteers, we are ready, and ready to welcome you with wide smiles from the experience team and deliver a live performance that will live long in your memories until the end of time.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Kynren’s first show of seventeen live performances this summer takes place on Saturday 30th June.

For more information or to book tickets please visit Kynren’s website:

http://kynren.com/tickets

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to be part of the cast and crew on the project, please visit my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/Kynren-Blog/

Bring on the Stage Rehearsals

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The above photo was taken at the entrance to the Kynren site last week, the last time I was there.

Last week rehearsals brought a close to a long and gruelling schedule of barn rehearsals, which consisted of around 18 different choreographed scenes for my new team 7.

What comes next is a well deserved break for most teams, although for the hard-working Cavalry team there is rarely a break, as they work alongside our amazing horses and animals.

For me this year has been different, but most welcome.

Having made this stage last year within the cast, my transition although at times painful to watch has been progressively better, at least for me.

Having a year’s experience of going through the rehearsals stage certainly gave me confidence heading into this year.

I’ve spoken at length regarding everyone involved in the Kynren project before, on how committed, how helpful and supportive they are.

Team 7 is my newest team, an all male group of varying ages, some experienced hands that have been involved in Kynren since the start, some who have never even witnessed the show as they have been on stage for every performance.

Mixed with the new recruits who bring their own passions, talents and personalities to the mix, I already know it’s going to be a memorable summer full of laughter and long lasting memories.

Last week, Team 7 had our last 4 rehearsals of the month, and with it I had to miss a couple of sessions through other commitments.

For me community plays a big part in everything I look to do, after all it was one of the main reasons why I first joined the Kynren project.

But due to a change in the schedule I had to miss Tuesday’s sessions as I present on local radio, Bishop FM as well.

Rehearsals have been excellent, and a joy to attend, each one provides you with the skills to perform each sequence of each scene within the full production of the show.

At Kynren we are extremely lucky to have been taught by the best.

From Creative Director Steve Boyd who has worked on numerous Olympic Games productions, to Mark Hindman-Smith our outstanding combat choreographer, and of course the Pink Ladies who whip us all into shape with mass movement, timings and performance.

On this whole project we are all one, we each work hard, support and respect each other and pull together to be show ready to perform.

At times I personally think we are all ‘Arthur’ living Kynren through one set of eyes as it all gets picture puzzled together, right before our very eyes.

So what’s next?

Kynren Stage Rehearsals start in a few weeks time.

For me, again, it’s one of the best and my favourite parts of Kynren, for anyone that knows me, they’ll know I speak fondly about the stage rehearsals.

It’s a time where all the teams come together and piece by piece Kynren becomes alive.

This time I get to experience looking in front of the tribune.

For more information or to book tickets please visit Kynren’s website:

http://kynren.com/tickets

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to be part of the cast and crew on the project, please visit my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/Kynren-Blog/