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.
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.
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.
To support the live performances of A Thousand Shards of Glass, we shot a short trailer, over the course of one intense day in July 2012.
“Lucy? Are you there? Are you ready? We need to get you out of there…”
The trailer was used extensively on the internet, and was also shown in the cinema at mac Birmingham, prior to our performances there. It was pretty amazing to see the trailer on the big screen, and brilliant that the quality totally stood-up in that context.
I scripted the trailer, based on excerpts from my original performance text. Jane Packman and I co-directed. Camera is by Chris Keenan and it’s performed by Lucy Ellinson.
Here it is on vimeo:
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.
I wanted to share my article It’s Not Feasible, It’s Vital which was published recently on the mid*point website. It’s a continuation of, and a response to, a conversation from an open space event in June 2011.
An exciting meeting last week for a new collaborative project.
I’m writing the first draft of the application today. Which is also pretty exciting, so long as I think about the potential outcomes, rather than the heavy July rain.
Created by the company, with direction and facilitation by Jane Packman, Treasured – A Secret Journey is a unique performance experience for one person at a time.
The piece has the feeling of a gift. It places each audience member at the centre of the performance: they become the protagonist in a narrative which they chose. It’s a rich, powerful experience, yet also extremely gentle… almost passive. The company worked hard to make sure that people felt comfortable and enjoyed themselves. Audiences are not under pressure to “perform” or “interact”.
There are three short narratives – each inspired by one of three beautiful pieces of sculptural jewellery which were commissioned for the project from three West Midlands-based makers – which audiences can chose.
On this project I wrote one of the three stories (inspired the “ivy” – a dark grasping PVC piece made by Louise Bryan), collaborated/devised, designed lighting, and production managed.
Photo by Chris Keenan, 2010.
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