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This season will be my last…

Everybody that has ever signed up for Kynren has a completely different story to tell, very much like it is for every visitor who has attended a show.

We are all associated to the same project but we see completely different things and take away from the experience something completely different.

For me, I started my Kynren journey to give back towards my town of Bishop Auckland.

I’m a firm believer that if you want anything to prosper, you must first put the hard work in first, and I’m proud that I have played my part in doing just that.

What transpired was a genuine love for the project, the opportunities to step right out of my comfort zone, from a step to an almighty leap at times too.

To test myself, to be shown within my character that I’m capable of far more than I ever gave myself credit for.

To find a passion, to be passionate, to find a confidence that can now never wane, knowing that we are all capable of anything we want and are willing to work hard for.

Kynren taught me to try.

And through trying and having a go I’ve changed my whole life in just 4 years.

Looking back I’m unrecognisable to the person I am today.

The passions I have developed and worked on to hone my skills and keep pushing my own boundaries have helped me to grow.

For that alongside many other different reasons I’ll always be truly grateful to a project that is like none other.

Kynren for many is an outdoor open-air theatre telling a story based on 2000 years of British history.

Many reviews have captured the attention of thousands of visitors drawing words of “incredible” “amazing” “wow”.

And I have to agree with them, because Kynren is all of them words and many more.

Seeing truly is believing.

But Kynren for me will always be so much more than just a show.

For me, it will be always about a project.

It will always be about the people.

Us Archers!

Kynren has also brought me to writing, someone said to me earlier in the week they thought I had studied it, they thought I had been writing my whole life.

But no, only since March 2016 and since then I have achieved so much, not only with this Kynren blog, but through it, it has taken me onto so many different opportunities that I have reached out for.

So back to the title of today’s article;

‘This season will be my last…’

It will be.

In cast team 7 that is.

I’ve decided to revert back to my original plan.

4 years ago starting out in the Experience Team and writing this blog, I wanted to go from team to team each season and write about my experiences on what it was like.

I wanted to see Kynren from a completely different perspective each season and while doing so completely see and understand how Kynren is put together and the roles each person undertakes to make Kynren a truly world class attraction.

This season, I decided I needed some stability and stayed in the cast in team 7, despite an uncertain start, having yo-yo’d myself into this season.

In, out, and then back in again.

I truly can’t thank my teammates enough, this year, last year and the Experience team before them.

Through their support I have developed, and in doing so learnt so much about myself.

But after 4 more shows this summer, it’s time for a change.

I have an idea of where I’m likely to apply for next summer, but lots of time to think about it too.

Kynren for me has been a game changer, without it I wouldn’t have the life I lead now.

Each and every opportunity I’m involved with now has stemmed from this project.

I found out who I was and who I’m meant to be, and that’s why I’ll always keep coming back for more.

There are only 4 more shows left this summer, if you are looking to see something truly memorable, Kynren is definitely for you.

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 the Kynren Blog Facebook page:

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

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What a difference a week makes.

This time last week I penned another article recording my own personal journey throughout Kynren.

It was a slight undertone of determination and anticipation of what was to come.

As written, my last show before then wasn’t my best, it was actually probably my worst.

So with trepidation heading into last week’s show I was hoping nerves wouldn’t engulf me as I somewhat disappointedly let them the week prior.

As the image of today’s update shows, a better day always comes, and with it, from my first scene to the last it turned into one of my best.

From the moment my flaming arrow projected high into the night sky to my final bow standing amongst hundreds of talented Archers, I left that stage for my final time knowing that this performance went the way it always should.

Leading on to today, I’m in high spirits, chilled out and relaxed and ready to go and play my part in making Kynren everything that it is.

For my team, team 7, last night we learnt for the first time prior to arriving each show night which roles we will be undertaking.

So heading into tonight’s performance I have a definite giddy excitement, maybe knowing your roles upfront gives you a mental edge to run through your choreography in your mind first, along with the sequencing too.

Maybe it could of made me feel anxious too, but I feel good and I feel relaxed knowing what I need to do.

Although, guaranteed stage side waiting to come on for my first scene they’ll be nerves, because I always get nervous.

But through the nerves there is always a determination to succeed or at least get through it and then onto my next scene.

For us, all Archers, the night flies by within a blink of an eye.

You line up awaiting your first scene and then it’s manic back stage, hundreds of people going in different directions and numerous costume changes, and before you know it, you’ll be lining up for our finale.

Tonight I’m in four roles, one of them being ‘The Scots Are Coming’, it’s one of the most iconic scenes within Kynren and certainly for team 7 one of our most challenging.

From Pennant Knights and walking on water, to flaming drummers straight into our fighting scene, it certainly gets the blood pumping in anticipation and once you come off stage, that buzz of adrenaline will see you home for the rest of the night.

Tonight is the first time this season I will be in this role, the funny and surprising thing is, it’s actually a year ago this week that I was cast in this scene for the very first time period.

I remember it well.

My heart was pounding so hard by the end of it I felt I couldn’t breathe, what an absolute rush!

Looking back on last season and even now, any scene with fire feels so surreal.

Tonight will be no different, I’ll come off stage and think, did I really just do that.

It’s incredible the things we do and are trusted to deliver.

How do we do it?

We trust in ourselves and the support of the people around us, and when all the many hours of training kick in, you simply just go and do what we are here to do.

Entertain!

Tonight, weather wise isn’t ideal, not for the visitors coming to watch, nor for the Archers who will be carrying out their various roles and tasks.

But as shows go, I’m a firm believer that Kynren is marginally better in the rain and with so much going on you’ll be distracted by the conditions.

Your eyes are in for a feast of entertainment, so much so, you’ll not want it to end.

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 the Kynren Blog Facebook page:

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

The Comeback Is Always Stronger Than The Setback

This blog is written about a personal journey, one that some people relate too, some identify with, and some that I know read and feel inspired by.

A number of articles telling a story all on its own, often not dissimilar to that of young Arther traveling back in time throughout the years of Kynren.

For I, Kynren has shown me things too that I didn’t realise existed.

Kynren has shown me many things within my character, strengthened my good qualities to make them great qualities.

Kynren has put me on a pathway to discover riches far greater than money could ever reward you with.

It’s given me a starting passion, and then on to write, to love, to believe, to look ahead, to dream!

And with that dream big, to challenge myself knowing that anything and every challenge is achievable, because now I have a stronger character, I have spirit and heart, a determination like none other to succeed and succeed as well as can.

And like the title of this entry tells you; ‘The comeback is always stronger than the setback’.

My setback came 2 weeks ago.

It’s not uncommon to know people get nervous through performance.

I certainly do, even as I write this I can see ahead from the experiences I have taken week in week out to know what is ahead of me, another Kynren show.

You would think it would get easier on your nerves the more times you undertake a role, but for me it feels like it gets worse every single time.

How can someone who appears calm and in control go from that moment to standing stage side lining up for their first scene whereby their heart is pounding out of their chests, their anxiety is screaming out at you not to go on, your legs feel like jelly and you could easily be sick at any moment, and then you go and do what we are each trained to do.

There’s an answer somewhere to that question but I can’t answer it, somehow I just do it.

What I will say is my strength comes from those people around me, the choreography teams to the Archers themselves in all teams, my strength comes from those people and my test of character comes from deep within me.

2 weeks ago I probably had my worst show since joining the cast, that show was my 19th public performance.

I came away from that show disappointed and angry with myself.

Nothing too much to the watching eye went wrong, but as performers and that’s what we are each Saturday night, you know within your own personal perspective how it went.

My nerves got the better of me, and all though I recovered, I was still rattled by it.

It happens.

Small margins between doing something great or just doing something.

For me now, good isn’t enough, my expectations of my own personal performance are high.

And that’s how they should be, I want to learn and keep learning in order to keep gaining knowledge and expertise, by doing so you can get better and improve.

Tonight is my chance is prove to myself that I am capable enough to share a stage with some of the best people you could ever wish to meet.

And when I say stage, I don’t just mean what each visitor sees when they take their seats, the sun goes down and the performance starts.

I mean the Kynren stage from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

We are all performers!

We all perform in our chosen tasks to do the best we can in every situation, to be helpful and supportive, to encourage and share strength and resilience with each other.

So right now, just a little after 2pm, and from the comfort of my own bed with the curtains still drawn, I can hear heavy rain pouring down.

Does that faze me?

Not in the slightest…

What does faze me is not being good enough.

Not being able to get a handle on my emotions, despite knowing that past the nerves comes the elation, that we do this! Each of us Archers playing our roles to work hard for each other to make Kynren everything that we once hoped it could be.

Kynren allows you to dream, because Kynren shows you first-hand and in every single moment everything is possible.

Because Kynren is living proof of this!

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 the Kynren Blog Facebook page:

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

Preparation is Everything

Last weekend saw the very first public performance of the summer spectacular Kynren.

And what a performance it was!

As it always is.

I’m a firm believer that nerves are a good sign in everything that you do, it shows you deep down that you care, and everyone needs to be challenged to show themselves exactly what you are capable of.

Kynren offers this feeling for me, a knot deep within my core, that sense of anxiety, my body screaming at me not to do what we are about to do.

But for all the first scene nerves I have, yes not first night nerves, first scene nerves.

Each and every show, it doesn’t matter what role I’m in, cast or crew, I have a build-up of nervous energy that I need to release, my heart rate must be through the roof.

And for me, tonight will be no different, once you are out there, once you’ve come through your first scene, that anxiety is replaced by a euphoric pride and passion to express yourself and showcase all the wonderful training and guidance we constantly receive.

Tonight sees the Archers return to the Kynren site to perform on this amazing stage for show number 2.

But how do we prepare for a show of such magnitude?

No doubt in a varied array of ways.

My preparation differs week by week, but today, I’ve woken up early, done some work, both for my daytime job alongside jobs within my house.

I’ve thought should I, or should I not write a new article, it’s something I think about constantly, and today’s title wasn’t even in my thought process until 10 minutes ago.

I’ve recharged my body, by having a power nap for the last couple of hours too.

We have to look after our bodies as well as our minds to condition ourselves for the task ahead.

Putting on a performance the world will be proud of as well as knowing we have smashed another show right out of the park.

If you haven’t been yet and read these articles or have only just stumbled across them, we look forward to welcoming you, if it’s not tonight, I know when the time is right for you we’ll see you there!

Kynren may be entering into it’s 4th season but it’s here to stay.

It’s a show like none other you have ever seen before, to participate it in gives you a overriding warm feeling.

To watch it… wow… it’s incredible!

Something I personally need to watch again this season to truly appreciate every single person’s efforts to get us to this stage.

Like all of my articles I seem to get distracted and go off in a number of different directions when writing.

I spoke about preparation.

Right now as I write this article, I’m sat up in bed, music blearing, it keeps me calm, it gives me energy, it’s building me up to get in the zone to do what I do, what we do!

Find our marks, game face on, go out and deliver, to put on a truly majestic performance to captivate our audience, tonight and every show night throughout this summer and beyond.

Behind the scenes I like to think I’m seen as a calming influence, someone playful, very much in the mix for bringing humour even if at times it’s directed at myself.

After all you should see me in some of my costumes haha

If wearing a wig brings laughter, the belly laughs that are produced from wearing bright white stockings is worth seeing or possibly not 🤦🏻‍♂️🤣

And once again I digress.

My preparation is everything, the choreography is memorised, bring on the music, bring on the show!

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 the Kynren Blog Facebook page:

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

Saturday Night’s the Knight for Fighting

Season 4!

Where on earth has that come from?

Tonight is the first public showing of Kynren this summer which coinsides with the 50th performance and 4 years on since its first.

Many Archers including myself will remember back to the very detail of preparing for the very first show of Kynren period.

How am I feeling this time around?

Different I suppose.

A couple of weeks ago we had yet again another successful press night, where once its go-time everyone pulls together and puts in a performance that matches all the many hours of practice each of us put in.

Heading into that I had no nerves at all, very surprising for me, as being on that stage, performing, focused, but being very aware there is a watching audience looking on, in every direction, its completely out of my comfort zone.

Some may ask if that is the case why put yourself through it?

Because it’s a challenge and an opportunity to test yourself and your capabilities, and what you will find when you truly test yourself is anyone is capable of anything.

Archers rise to the occasion!

I know I do.

So back to the press night I had no nerves, calm, collected, focused, yet determined.

It’s what we’re trained for.

Heading into tonight, I’m very much the same, but I wasn’t at the start of the week.

At the start of this week I was anxious but not knowing exactly why?

Tonight as every show is a big deal, we want to impress.

Was it opening night nerves?

No.

It dawned on me throughout the week that my parents will be in the tribune tonight, they’ve seen the show before in previous years, I’ve watched it with them on one occasion too, that time I was more watching them than the show.

Eyes transfixed and in awe of everything happening around them.

People often say they have preferences on seat positions, but that’s a personal choice and a myth, every seat in that tribune will tell a different story from the next one.

There is so much going on, that even the person sat next to you will see something that you don’t and vise versa.

Seeing is believing!

So tonight my family are in the crowd and many Archers families will be the same.

However for my family they have never seen me on that stage before, but tonight they will.

Many visitors returning back to watch it all take place again and many more attending for the first time.

The town has a buzz today, the weather is glorious, the hottest day of the year so far, which adds to the feel of every individual, everyone has a spring in their step, there’s a building excitement and everyone is ready to put on a show!

Like with all my articles I drift, half the things I wanted to say I haven’t even covered, I’d like to think I will write more this season from the last, but time will only tell on that one.

I’m at my most relaxed after I’ve written so this is a kind of therapy to me too.

But on a final note I want to talk about something that I hoped to start with in this article.

I want to talk about where we’ve come from.

Tonight as mentioned it’s our 50th public show, heading into its 4th season too.

But before then from idea, to planning, to pitching, to recruitment, to construction, and training and delivering what is only described from each person who attends is quite brilliant and many more adoring words.

Remember why you started!

Together anything is achievable, Kynren is the proof of this.

Good luck to all involved, to the cast and the crew, all the traders who will be working tirelessly too, breathe, enjoy it, and smile through it.

And when those final fireworks light up the night sky I will look to the stars and remember all of those people who won’t be there to share the stage alongside all the many who do and remember without their hard work, belief and dedication, Kynren would not be the Kynren we have today.

I’ll see you on the other side.

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 the Kynren Blog Facebook page:

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

Kynren Fit Club

I often talk about how it feels to be in Kynren from my own personal experience.

The feelings that are brought about from being a part of this project, from first deciding to join to current day and all the ins and outs in between.

The highs of euphoric roars and standing ovations from show night finales.

Or the lows of a throughly enjoyable season coming to a close.

The new friendships and tight bonds which each of us have created which helps to give Kynren the overwhelming feel of family.

Of course that helps with your social life too, I’ve already been asked if I fancy a beer or two after Saturday nights rehearsal, but we still need to complete both Friday and Saturday’s rehearsals yet. 🙂

Of course I’ll go though, when do I not.

Today I want to talk about something else.

This article is titled ‘Kynren Fit Club’ and although there is no official club, not as far as I’m aware anyway, there are many opportunities to gain fitness by joining the project.

It’s another reason why I’m coming back, although not one of the main reasons.

During Season 1, going back to 2016, even thinking about that date, we have all collectively come a long way, I know I have.

I decided after deliberating for a while, (sounds familiar about me right), to obt to join the Experience Team after first commiting to join the Show Team.

I was positioned in what we know as Colliery Fields, to any visitors you may remember it as car park: Green.

Despite some challenging experiences I remember it fondly too, it helped to shape the person I am today.

My feet and health app remember it more.

During some of those show nights I walked around 25-30 miles per day.

Talk about step counts, absolutely through the roof.

Last year I finally took the step to join the show team and if I’m totally honest I still don’t know how I did what I did, everything still feels a little surreal, especially the scenes I was involved in with fire.

Backstage can be manic on show nights, all cast in numerous scenes.

I think I could give Usain Bolt a run for his money running between scenes in wellington boots.

Kynren certainly helps you to get fit or fitter.

However there are many roles to suit everyone’s ability.

I’m back (again) from tomorrow night, hoping to pick back up where I left off.

But mostly I’m coming back to learn, to reassure anyone if I can, to be inspired and to have some fun.

Bring on the hard work and the rehearsals!

The first live show takes place on Saturday 29th 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 a part of the cast and crew on the project, please visit the Kynren Blog Facebook page:

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

Picking up where we left off

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Several weeks ago I had something to say but as time and history have now proved things can change but if it was important enough to start it is always important enough to finish.

I’m going to leave the next bit below here completely unchanged although we all know one thing has most certainly changed;

I started writing this article several weeks ago knowing what each Archer was about to experience again over the course of the weekend, but once I started, I couldn’t bear to finish it.

Kynren will always remain close to my heart for many different and unbelievable reasons too.

Last weekend, although now it was several weeks ago, marked the return for the Archers back to the Kynren site as on-stage rehearsals geared up for another highly anticipated fourth season.

Throughout my time as an Archer these were rehearsal weekends that I really looked forward too and enjoyed.

It’s an opportunity to come together in each of your individual teams and be together in Kynren as one.

For those of you who follow this blog, you’ll already know I have once again taken the decision to leave the Kynren project.

It’s never an easy decision to walk away from something that fills you with passion and self-rewardment, but at this time it is the right decision for me.

What I do know is the Archers will have the time of their lives from now until the end of the summer.

Kynren is special, its unique and the magic that sits behind it that anyone who visits can feel but can’t explain is wrapped up by every single Archer that takes pride of place amongst their team mates each show night.

And that’s where my article ended, as I couldn’t do it any sort of justice to try and finish it, but it may have had something to do with I couldn’t bear to write it as I was no longer there and being involved.

5 weeks on and things have changed!

That is pretty much how far I got; I said many things within that small passage of words that may resonate with some if not many of the Archers.

Time can change many things too.

The original article didn’t even have a title; it was almost as if I didn’t even want to finish it as there was still some unfinished business on my part to come.

This blog, my experience, finding passions, exploring creativity, understanding people, learning new things, stepping out of comfort zones to giving it my all.

Things don’t just happen!

You have to want them.

You have to challenge yourself.

Push yourself, and keep pushing and testing yourself, until you prove yourself right, that what you are trying to achieve you really want it, it means that much to you.

Kynren is one thing, but writing is something completely different for me too.

Without this project, without being surrounded by so many talented, passionate and compassionate people who just want you to be the best you can be, all of this wouldn’t be whatever this actually is.

In the last 12 months generally, possibly even longer I have had a real love/hate relationship with writing, weighing more on the hate side of it, when it once developed into the love of a new passion.

What started as having a go suddenly developed into something more, a lot more…

An opportunity to write guest articles and freelancing work, from travel operators to event companies, music publications and businesses.

Kynren opens up a whole lot more doors than the ones you can physically see.

In my last post I said “What makes Kynren; Kynren?”

I also said that answer will be different for everyone involved.

Kynren for me is more than what you can see; it’s not all about the show!

Even though for every person that has visited and witnessed it, it is something truly wonderful and magical with so much happening on that 7,500 acre stage you will be spellbound for the whole duration.

For every Archer from the minute this project was an opportunity to become involved and join in the journey, whether you have been here from the start or have passed through the journey, we all know, we all take with us something special from the minute we enter the site we call home to the moment we leave.

It’s a unique opportunity that we have all grasped and ran with.

We have worked and been guided by some exceptional people who have worked on some huge projects across the world.

But I can honestly put my hand on my heart and scream out loud that every single person that has taken the time out to be a part of Kynren is exceptional, we all bring something.

Some are exceptional actors or dancers, some didn’t have any experience or some are rediscovering their once past talent, stepping up, challenging themselves or having a go.

That’s part of what Kynren is:

It’s about exploring opportunities and having a go.

Limitations are only that if we allow them to be such a thing.

I always thought in my own head, back to my school days that if I could have done something differently what would that be, surprisingly I thought, drama.

I thought at that age what if I had the confidence to explore possibilities, explore passions, what would have happened in my life if I had given it my all and wound up at a performing arts college.

What would have happened to my life?

Last year, I stepped out of my comfort zone and explored that exact possibility through joining the cast and realised quite literally that had I had the confidence I feel I have right now…

Well, Performing Arts College would have definitely not been for me, ha.

I can hold my hands up and say am I the best anything when it comes to being on that stage?

Absolutely not, you only have to ask my teammates how anxious I get, and that is not only by being on stage, the same happened when I was in the car parks of the first season too.

But when it’s game time, it’s time to go!

Put your nervous energy to one side and go and deliver to the best of your ability, trust your training, live through your experiences, and most of all remember to breathe and go and have fun.

That’s why we do what we do!

For me part of Kynren is about opportunities. Opportunities to become involved and opportunities to explore the person you are or want to become.

Kynren is also a 90-minute spectacular show, that quite simply if you don’t witness it from your own eyes and ears, from sitting in the 8,000 seater tribune and feeling that magic of being up close to the action, to letting it all transform all around you, it is something not only quite remarkable but you have to go to truly appreciate why so many people talk so highly about it.

Kynren is also always going to be about people, I’ve mentioned many times there is a magic about it, from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, Kynren is special, so much so some won’t be able to put it into words and pictures will never do it justice.

For me the magic comes from the people you share the very best experiences with, not only are we trained by the best, but I learn alongside the best, I’m supported and encouraged by the best, and I am forever inspired by the very best people.

For the visitors they share it with the people who matter most in their lives, family, partners, friendships, it’s not where you are, it’s who you share each memory with.

I want to fall in love with Kynren all over again and I want to fall back in love with writing so I can help to describe what it is like to be in one of the best things I have ever done.

For us, the Archers, and hopefully for anyone reading this, you too, whether it’s this year or the next one or the one after that come and be part of something special, it’s a life changer without any question, a guaranteed summer filled full of fun.

There are 11 live shows this summer; we hope you will join us at one of them, so we can show you exactly what you may have already missed out on and share with you all our passion.

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 the Kynren Blog Facebook page:

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