Roughshod on the road: filming in York

I love being on tour. Going to new places, meeting new people, doing new things – but I must say there is something special about coming back to the familiarity of Friargate.

Filming in the van

We were back there recently filming two trailers; one for iWitness and the other to show the work that Roughshod do. I was really looking forward to it; I’d never done filming like this before and it was all very exciting – I was just gutted I’d not packed my feather boa, but in hindsight that may have been seen as a tad excessive.

It was a great week – certainly busy and challenging in a new way. We were used to doing workshops and shows; not getting dizzy from driving up and down the same stretch of road to get the perfect shot, or attracting a crowd whilst wearing balaclavas and leaping from the back of a van! It was a really refreshing change from what we normally get to do on tour and safe to say we had a lot of fun whilst we were doing it too!

We may have also been a little bit competitive about who managed to film our close ups in the fewest takes. We all did pretty well and at one point I did dub us as “One Take Shod”. That name (sadly) did not catch on.

Roughshod at their most terrifying

It does have to be said; I now have a whole new appreciation for the amount of time and planning and preparation that goes into organising something like this. It really is fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes and I learned a lot in the week about how important angles and timing and lighting is – and that getting all of them right at the same time is not always as easy as it looks.

I’m always happy to be back in York and getting to be part of a project like this was a really fascinating experience. I’m told the trailer is currently being edited (we’ll post it on to the blog when it’s done) and hope it shows people how Roughshod is more than five actors travelling around the country in a tin can, doing funny sketches and that it benefits the company for many years to come.

The fact it features five of our fabulous faces for years is surely just a happy by-product.