Dens and Signals – the company which I co-direct with Jane Packman – was commisssioned to make this performance event to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, as part of the ROOT 1066 International festival.
Feast of the Dead remembered those who fell on the battlefield, made connections between this historic event and our contemporary lives, and celebrated resistance and protest. Our performers picked over the bones of battle, and helped to create a welcoming, communal space in which our audiences could remember the history, and consider the impact of the conquest on our contemproary lives.
We collaborated with Blanch and Shock – a team of innovative and experimental chefs – who worked with us to create a delicious three course meal, inspired by the cooking of the eleventh century.
I wrote the performance text and song lyrics for the Feast, as well as developing the concept and co-producing. It was performed 22nd – 25th September 2016, in Hastings, UK.
“Bloody fantastic night, an evening which stays with you for days” – Audience member, 2016.
Photos © Indiana Hamilton-Brown 2016
Currently in development, Here Massive Troposphere is inspired by the natural world, digital culture, and spending too much time alone.
As an indroduction to the piece, I made a short interactive online trailer using Twine. You can play with it, here: bit.ly/troposphere
In collaboration with Lucy Ellinson, Lewis Gibson, Jane Packman, Jess Parfitt, andRich Warburton, I presented work-in-progress performances at Theatre in the Mill, Bradford, and mac, Birmingham in 2014; and at Camden Peoples Theatre in 2015.
The image is collaged from Creative Commons licensed images.
Jane Packman Company‘s The Wake is a celebration of the passing year, for an audience of around thirty people.
I worked with Jane and Lucy Ellinson to conceive, create and develop the initial concept for the performance.
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My lighting design for Melanie Wilson‘s Autobiographer has been nominated in the ‘Best Lighting Design’ category of the Offies (the Off West End Theatre Awards) 2012… alongside a nomination for Melanie herself for ‘Best Sound Design’.
It’ll be quite a while before we hear any more about this, but it’s great news, and really pleasing to see this brave and beautiful project getting some recognition.
Photo © Gemma Riggs 2012
There’s some great photos of Cupid, an interactive performance installation by Subject to_change, on the website of photographer Jaskirt Dhaliwal. She took these images during one of the first performances, at Fierce Festival 2012.
My lighting design supports the performance through subtle and sometimes less subtle means. The design includes an bespoke – and epic! – animated starscape, which Abigail and I custom-made using hundreds coloured LEDs.
Photo © Jaskirt Dhaliwal 2012
A Thousand Shards of Glass is a performance narrative which I wrote for Jane Packman Company in 2012.
“The rhythmn of the text alternates between rhapsodic chanting and the feeling of bullets breaking a shop window…” – TOTAL THEATRE
I’d been thinking about agency: our ability to take action to change the the world, and the frustrations of feeling like taking such action is impossible, or pointless.
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Melanie Wilson‘s Autobiographer is an extraordinary performance work. Her writing handles complex, affecting material with great care and honesty; her stong vision for the work invites beautiful design responses.
I designed lighting for the production, my second collaboration with Melanie following Iris Brunette. Brilliantly, the project offered both creative scope and the resources to create an ambitious and dynamic design.
During an earlier R&D phase – inspired by a series of scientific images of a mouse brain – I had conceived of a canopy of tungsten lightbulbs, which would visually represent the brain cells of Flora; would help contain and hold our audiences within the space; and which I could use to both light and animate the performance: during the performance, as Flora’s dementia develops, her experiences move between lucid recollection into jagged mental confusion.
“…the shifting canopy of bulbs fizzes and explodes with light…” – TIME OUT
To realise the design, I collaborated closely with set designer Peter Arnold, and Fuel’s amazing production management team.
Autobiographer opened at the Dublin Fringe Festival in September 2011, and the production was nominated for the Best Production Award.
We created the kind of experience which is very hard to document: photography and film cannot match the live experience. But I hope this trailer gives at least an impression…
Photo © Monika Chmielarz 2011
I collaborated as an artist, writer and lighting designer on this site-specific performance installation, which was created in an empty shop unit within Birmingham’s Mailbox shopping centre.
Photo © Chris Keenan 2006