Drive Ride Walk is an urban story influenced and inspired by the multicultural East End and the City of London. A company of ten performers lead you on three interwoven journeys, each one centering around one form of transport: car, bicycle and foot. They bring to life the humorous and poignant struggles of living and traveling in the urban jungle. The piece reveals fragments of individual life stories amongst the faceless urban sprawl and thus speaks powerfully to young and old from many backgrounds.
Music & Words: Osnat Schmool
Osnat Schmool – Composer/Musical Director
Osnat trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Goldsmith’s College. Her first show, Re:Love, premiered at the Bridewell Theatre in 2003 (directed by Carol Metcalfe, movement directed by Sabina Netherclift)
Osnat’s work draws on culturally diverse influences from Latin American and African music and dance to her own Middle Eastern and Jewish roots. She has worked as a jazz and a cappella singer and studied African and Latin dance and drumming. Her attitude to both textual development and musical composition is driven by combining experience as a performer with work as a teacher of unaccompanied vocal music. (The City Lit, ENO Bayliss, Bridewell). Osnat’s passion is for an energetic, physically based performance style and working with companies like the Gate, the Clod Ensemble and Scarlet Theatre allowed her to see how she could fuse this theatrical approach with her musical versatility.
Sabina Netherclift – Director
Sabina has collaborated with Osnat since the first workshop of Re:Love in 2003. She trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. As a performer she has worked with the RSC, the Young Vic Theatre, National Theatre Studio, the Clod Ensemble, Company FZ, Gate Theatre and The Lyric, Hammersmith. As director/movement director she has worked with The Royal Opera House, Crescent Theatre Birmingham, Birmingham School of Acting and Arts Educational. She regularly leads workshops for children and students of drama and is currently teaching physical theatre skills at Guildford School of Acting.
Carol Metcalfe – Producer
Carol Metcalfe was the Founder of the Bridewell Theatre and its Artistic Director for nine of its eleven year history. Under her leadership the Bridewell achieved an international reputation for its work in musical theatre; it became one of the few UK theatres, possibly the only one, dedicated to musical theatre and many famous musicals were given their British and European premieres there. At the height of its success, in January 2005, the Bridewell Theatre was forced to close because its landlords had financial problems. Carol continues to lead the Bridewell Theatre Company and to work as a musical theatre dramaturge, advisor and director. She was one of the judges of the Highland Quest supported by the Mackintosh Foundation and is now Artistic Producer for the winning show due to be premiered at the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness in November 2007.