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Handle With Care

Ever wondered how it’d feel to be one of the most majestic animals on the planet? The kind of noble beast who always travels First Class (Freight)? Handle With Care will transform you into a globe-trotting king of the jungle.

Gather your pride, be bold, and step inside!

Handle With Care is a three-minute interactive experience, installed inside a wardrobe.

The wardrobe interior is dressed as the inside of a shipping crate, and audiences (particpants?) are encouraged to imagine that they are a lion, arriving at its destination after a long international flight, and giving them the opportunity to ROAR!

Gently exploring confidence and presence, children can unleash their (amplfied) roars in a public space, while feeling safely hidden and anonymous within the privacy of the wardrobe/shipping crate.

Created for families and KS1/2 children as part of KIT Theatre‘s Wardrobe Adventure, Handle With Care was initially installed in the foyer of Birmingham Rep before touring to community libraries around the West Midlands.

I conceived, scripted and designed the piece, which featured the recoreded voices of Rochi Rampal, Graeme Rose and Jacob Rose, with sound design by Lewis Gibson.

Photo ©  Ben Pacey 2015 and Claire Browne 2016

Artist Mission: Preston

preston

In July I spent a day in my hometown, Preston.

I’d been invited to do so by Fuel, as part of their New Theatre In Your Neighbourhood project.

I’m not going to write much about the day here (follow the link below for the full account). Just to say that it felt great to revisit the town where I grew up, and to attempt to look at it with fresh eyes. It was inspiring to be able to dedicate a few hours to imagining what I might make there, without worrying about scale or practicality!

Here’s my account of the day, on Fuel’s NTIYN blog: http://newtheatreiyn.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/artist-mission-ben-pacey-in-preston/

Midsummer Night’s Dreaming

Midsummer Night’s Dreaming (aka #dream40) was an experiment in digital storytelling by the RSC and Google Creative Labs. Playing out in real time over midsummer weekend (21-23 June 2013) a cast of  actors performed the play live, accompanied online by a host of new characters.

As part of the core creative team, I wrote and made original text and visual content for this unique online performance.

Continue reading Midsummer Night’s Dreaming

Mister Volder Goes To The City

Mister Volder Goes To The City is an exhibition which I made in collaboration with artist Rebecca Hurst.

Working in response to my short story of the same name, we used digital pin-hole photography, lo-fi cardboard constructions and studio lighting to create a series of atmospheric, ambiguous images.

The exhibition included five large images, a short animation, a book containing the story and our images, and a small section of the 3D cardboard city we’d used in the photographs.

We also gave away postcards inviting members of the public to have a go at being creative with their phones or digital cameras, and to email the images they made back to us. These images were then added to a digital display within the exhibition and an online blog.

The exhibition ran at mac Birmingham from 11th November 2012 – 20th January 2013. It was commissioned by mac Birmingham, and funded by Arts Council England.

Photo © Chris Keenan 2012

Wireframe

wireframe

In 1998 I co-founded wireframe, a company which made experimental, often installation-based performance.

As a company we made several pieces together: Charles Berlitz’s Passport to Spanish (1972), At Home, North Hill Relay, and The Lusiads.

Although our work was often enthusiastically received, we were ultimately unable to make the company sustainable. Wireframe’s last project was made in 2002. It was an extraordinary early creative adventure: sometimes joyous, sometimes heartbreaking.

Particularly close to my heart was At Home, an intimate installation experience for one person at a time. Here’s what Total Theatre made of it in their review:

“A genuinely unique piece of work… a magical installation, full of the pleasure of playful discovery… pure unadulterated joy”.