Horses emerge from lakes, audience are chased through burning forests and digital riddles hide buried gold one hundred years old.
We don’t make theatre in a specific genre, and we’re not overly concerned about whether or not it is even theatre. We like to create things that feel epic, surprising, interesting, and fun. Sometimes we make creations ourselves, and sometimes we make them together with collaborators in different fields.
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“ The emotional impact of these beautifully sculpted, barely lit and flickering scenes is as potent and disorientating as a shot of absinthe..."
What we're up to this month:
Since we last met....
The Quest of the Olympians across festivals in the summer was fantastic. Individually we worked with the National Youth Theatre and Punchdrunk on some very exciting pieces.
Work has begun with third year university students on a large scale found site piece. The source material aline has been incredibly exciting to work on with the students. Now, the writing and devising begins with a hugely talented group.
The Devil Speaks True has just returned from the Rochdale Literary Festival where the team had a great reception. Goat and Monkey now have a period to refine and hone the award winning piece before it tours in Spring.
Our piece exploring dementia 'Dr Fog' is coming along nicely, more on this soon.
We are very excited to have obtained the rights for a rip roaring children's piratical adventure on the seven seas! Aharrrr!!
We've got a belter coming up for the Play days festivals across Sussex...The Quest of the Olympians!
'Have you got what it takes to trek through the perils and pitfalls of the Amazon rainforest to get to the ultimate goal, The Olympic Games?! Using wireless headphones and top trump style playing cards, this will be an unforgettable adventure!'
The Dementia research is going fantastically. We spent a great day working with the wonderful Frank Wurzinger looking at play, clowning, theory and routines. If you a moment to spare to watch people playing beautifully, this video of Mimo Karcocha is great, especially the matador vs bus!
We found this list interesting. A group of people living with dementia have created a list of ways to treat or behave around them to aid communication and boost integration. A list of simple tips and strategies has been created by a group of people living with dementia to aid their carers, family and friends when communicating with them or spending time with them. It’s hoped the list will encourage people to help those with dementia stay integrated within the community.
For a link to the Dementia Friends page (an Alzheimer's Society initiative) click here. At the Information Session you will learn a little more about what it is like to live with dementia and some of the small actions you can take to help those living with dementia in your community. The Session will be delivered by a trained volunteer Dementia Friends Champions. The interactive and informative Session will last approximately forty-five minutes to one hour.
The Last Kiss is a wrap! The audience cast as film extras in the Hitchcockian tragedy roamed the extensive insalubrious dressing rooms, film sets, tarot rooms, cinema and stage to unravel the tragic mystery unfolding around them. Echoing over the tannoy speakers backstage came snippets of the bigger picture and the voice of the omnipresent director Mr Harold Marshall. The second act saw the audience as extras take their place on the final film set alongside a hidden 35 piece orchestra, as the final act played out in chilling detail.
This month has also seen lots of very exciting meetings for really interesting important work coming up.
Joel has been continuing research in to Dementia and been reading some really interesting articles. The Dementiaville series was a real eye opener, click the link here.
He also found the Dementia Friends' Information Session really interesting and valuable. For a link to the Dementia Friends page (an Alzheimer's Society initiative) click here. At the Information Session you will learn a little more about what it is like to live with dementia and some of the small actions you can take to help those living with dementia in your community. The Session will be delivered by a trained volunteer Dementia Friends Champions. The interactive and informative Session will last approximately forty-five minutes to one hour.
After being commissioned to devise a piece of site specific musical theatre with final year students at the University of Chichester, we are poised to start intensives next week.
With a nod to the name of the first British silent film feature The First Kiss and the first British sound film, Murder!, the piece draws on the 'quota quickie's' born out of the Cinematograph Films Act of 1927. This combined with Hitchcock's work in the 30's and real life film set tragedies sets the stage (or rather the film set) for ...The Last Kiss!
The Devil Speaks True
Hoorah, thanks to Vaults Festival for the award 'given in recognition of outstanding new work at the festival'. The tour has been getting a brilliant response and turnout, Vaults Festival London, The Garage in Norwich and the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth were fantastic! Tonight the company perform at The Firestation Arts Centre in Windsor, and very excited we are too!