The Suspense is Killing Us!

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I am excited to announce that I will performing with not just one show but with two at the Little Angel Theatre’s Suspense Festival in 29 Oct – 8 Nov 2015

I will be performing in BearDog’s ‘Do You Mind?’

&

Sort Of Theatre’s ‘Buttons’

It’s a complete honour to be apart of this festival and is one of those real dream come true.

The box office won’t be live until later in July. For now please check out the Suspense Website and sign up to their mailing list

http://www.suspensefestival.com/teaser.php

BearDog Up North

BearDog are heading up North!

I will be in York in July, with my BearDog Teammate Calum Anderson, as part of the Love Arts Festival for two nights only!

On the Saturday 4th July we will be a part of a triple bill of short pieces for the Love Arts Theatre festival at the Riding Lights Theatre. The performances vary from contemporary adaptations, puppetry, verbatim theatre, new writing and ensemble devising, but the unifying factor is that all the plays provide each provoking meaningful insights into living with mental health conditions.

The session starts at 5pm and we will be performing at 7pm

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01904 613000.

http://ridinglights.org/love-arts-festival-saturday-session/

On Sunday July 5th we are squeezing in an additional pay-what-you-decide performance at The Fleeting Arms.

All proceeds will go to Beardog to fund future performances.

Check out the Eventbrite link to book tickets: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beardog-present-do-you-mind-t…

Time – In The Vein of Vines

Time – In The Vein of Vines

I’ve been thinking about time. Particularly about time, performance and duration.

But when we think about duration with performance, we often think about 6 hour epic operas, or whether a performance is long enough to be worth £10 a ticket (I myself have wondered how much you can really charge for a 1 hour performance, the length my performances seem to inevitably fall into)

Would I be willing to pay to watch something for 10 minutes, even if those ten minutes made my soul sing and altered my perception of the world? Or maybe they wouldn’t and I would feel short-changed and grumpy?

There is this weird outlook that performance length is a value for money thing, rather than a value for art. And I should point out, as a theatre student who is strongly encouraged to see as much theatre/performance as possible, I tend to see £12 a ticket as a limit unless I KNOW the performance is going to be amazing.

But I’m wondering if we’re missing something with short shows. Can you take an audience on a satisfying journey through the human condition? (I am be biased towards narrative performance and thinking towards performance with a beginning middle and end – whatever order that would be)

There was a recent challenge among social media platforms, such as Tumblr and Reddit, to write the shortest horror story possible. It may be 5-6 words or 2 sentence, but the challenge here is to keep it short but produce that visceral reaction that horror does so well. Here are some examples:

“Growing up with cats and dogs, I got used to the sounds of scratching at my door while I slept. Now that I live alone, it is much more unsettling.“

My sister says that mommy killed her. Mommy says that I don’t have a sister.

I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”

All found here: http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up

It’s almost like the structure of a joke – lead your audience up one path they find familiar and then force them to find themselves on a different path. But it’s visceral and scary and most of all short. They get to the point and they get int our heads. Surely that’s one goal of some theatre makers? But those are words on a page (or a screen more likely)

Okay, let’s think about Vines

Vines are a short video, up to 7 seconds long of complied or one sustained clip

Here for example, is my trip to Los Angeles Zoo in March (in 7 seconds)

(I don’t know how to embed vines)

https://vine.co/v/OLgEi7AAFWF

In 7 seconds you get a taste of what was a 5 hour long adventure looking at animals.

But Vines are not just for showing off where I’ve been on my holidays, they also used to make short performances as demonstrated by my friend and fellow MA Advance Theatre Practice person, Thomas Jancis

https://vine.co/v/ezrVtnP1TvA

And it’s fairly lucrative. There are many people who make hundreds of these short videos, some becoming ‘Vine-famous’, some even making money from them, such as Ben Phillips makes £2,000 per second making Vine-length adverts (http://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/ben-phillips-vine)

Now I understand these are two very different platforms. Vine thrives on those 5 or so minutes you have on the train to look at messages. It thrives on being available anywhere with decent internet coverage. It thrives on the jump cut. It thrives on the scroll. People can watch one Vine then immediately move to the next and the next until they need to do something else in reality. They are easily digestible, but can this kind of performance ever be applied to live performance?

So, maybe 7 second to perform is too limiting – it conjures up images of horrendous auditons – or maybe I’m being too quick to dismiss this idea. Maybe this is something that needs a bit more research. I don’t have the answers. But I have a few questions.  How long long can a live performance be for an audience to feel satisfied (both emotionally and financially)? Would it have to be repeatable (much in the vein of Vines)? Is there a platform, any platform that would have a go at this?

I think there is some scope for this. I’ve personally seen 10 minute Scratch Performances that have held me and intrigued me better then much longer performances. Again, they appear to be more easily digestable and better for my attention-span (which has been a little messed up, thanks to growing up in a internet, surface-skimming world. But I remember not having the internet! I remember VHS!)

I’m intending, with my Sustained Indepedent Project, to use Vine as a way of documenting the process of making this new performance, that is short, sweet and share-able before a public performance of the full production. It would act as a form of publicity as well as documentation. But I also see it as a chance to find the boiled down essence of what we are making.

(I’ll leave you with an example of 2 seconds of documentation/performance)

https://vine.co/v/eZTtPO7XJaz

Projections and Puppets

This week I’m having fun with projections with my new collaboration Elucidate Theatre with writer and performer Rebecca Robinson

This is a part of our final Sustained Independent Project, which is our last big project for my M.A in Advance Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. We have our 3rd and 4th Term to create an event or performance and get it out there into the real world

 

I can’t believe we’re already half way through the M.A but the end is fast approaching

 

We’ve got some awesome venues in mind to show it at so we’ll keep you updated

 

In the mean time

 

Here is some videos and vines or some stuff we’ve been looking at

 

Although not my first go at projections, this will certainly be my first proper go into utilising projections into a cohesive performance and also with puppetry

 

I will update my musing and thoughts soon

 

 

 

 

Do You Mind? @ Brighton Fringe 23rd-25th May

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Do you fancy seeing Do You Mind? at its world premier at a little place called Brighton?

I’ll be at the Caroline of Brunswick with BearDog on 23rd-25th May (Saturday-Monday)

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend so what better excuse to get yourself down to the seaside, grab some gelato and see some theatre

Well we’ve got a little page on their website and it’s looking pretty awesome for more details on Do You Mind?

http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/theatre/8906/do-you-mind

Do You Mind? Fully Funded!

After a few tense weeks and raising over £200 in 48 hours, I’m happy (and relieved) to announce that ‘Do You Mind?’ is now fully funded thanks to the generosity of all you beautiful people pledging to BearDog’s IdeasTap Accelerator fund!

We now have our publicity and our Fringe fees covered!

Myself and Calum couldn’t be happier and we’ve been super touched by your generosity

Thanks again

You guys are the bomb!