Following on from the weeklong workshop I did at Ovalhouse in July, Co-Artistic Director Rebecca Atkinson-Lord offered me some more space to continue developing the idea in February as part of their FiRST BiTE season.
With a few key differences! Before, we were exploring how to adapt Tony Harrison’s TV play Black Daisies for the Bride for the stage. What we learned during the July week was that we are actually more interested in creating our own new piece of theatre about memory and memory loss. Which is what we did.
We still used orginal live music, singing, movement and naturalistic dialogue – all styles we looked at before – but this time with a different story and a new emphasis.
The new working title is Splinters and we workshopped the idea for ten days. This led up to four public work in progress performances, after which audiences gave us helpful feedback.
Workshop participants included:
Composer/musician: Darren Clark
Designer: Ele Slade
Writer: James Huntrods
Performers: H Plewis, Emma Drysdale, Hugo Bolton, Fiona Watson and Ellie Dickens.
Producing Consultant: Paul Jellis
Video from day 1 of the workshop:
Splinters workshop day 1
It all went really well and we’re now in a position to write the script and go into rehearsals. Now just need to find a venue and begin fundraising! Do get in touch if you’re interested.
All photos from the workshop credited to Kamal Prashar @kampra
Following on from our collaboration on Angel Cake at Camden People’s Theatre, performer Rhyannon Styles and I started working together again on her new show in 2013. An exploration of her transition from male to female, it will incorporate spoken word, choreography and live music.
Picture from UnderConstruction at the RVT, credited to David Walker
Rhyannon had already workshopped some material at the RVT and from 9th-13th September 2013 we reworked this during a development period at Camden People’s Theatre alongside the following creative team:
Writer: Rebecca Walker
Designer: Ele Slade
Musician/composer: David Ryder Prangley
Producer: Kelly Golding
There was a public sharing of the material created – and actually it ended up feeling more like an almost developed show rather than a “scratch” in that we had almost an hour’s worth of material. Some had been created before the week, some was new. The feedback we got from the audience was very positive.
**Update** Rhyannon is actually taking a break from performing so this project is on hold for the foreseeable future.
I own the stage rights to this book and we’re currently looking for a venue. Any thoughts do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
This was a second, Arts Council funded workshop on a children’s book adaptation held at the Unicorn Theatre and produced by The Building Site Theatre Company. I worked with six actors* and writer Dawn King to explore different ways to tell the story. We held an industry showing at the Unicorn to generate interest in the eventual show.
Leon and the Place Between from Building Site Theatre on Vimeo.
Since then progress has been halted by the fact that Disney bought the rights and then subsequently revoked the rights… The good news is that I have now purchased them and I am looking for a producer to help make this happen sometime in late 2015 / early 2016. The creative team has also grown to include designer Charlie Cridlan.
Watch this space!
*Mariam Haque, Rew Lowe, Phil Yarrow, Bryony Hannah, Hasan Dixon, Samantha Sutherland