We had a ball at the Rothbury Hall Fun Palace with Emergency Exit Arts performing exerts from Step Ball Change. The musical saw went down particularly well…
Looking forward to future collaborations with EEA and Circadian- watch this space!
Photos by the lovely Jules Hodgson
I’ve been a bit quiet on here due to the business here at Orange HQ. We are currently preparing for performances of Little Wonder and Step Ball Change at Just So Festival next week and we can’t wait!
Expect photos of our time there as well as a general news round up before September…
I’m on the train to Manchester, ready to start rehearsals tomorrow morning at The Circus House with director James Macpherson. Now, James and I have a long history of collaboration. We met in my first year of University, and he introduced me to the wonderful world of Street Theatre and has been my mentor ever since.
I first toured with James’ company Artizani in 2008, with smash hit show Desert Island Discs. I think we performed at over 40 places across the county for that first year, doing 2 shows a day. What an introduction! It rained, it scorched, I got sunburnt, I almost got arrested for accosting the mayor of Barnsley. Classic memories and epic fails. No two days were the same and I bonded with our collection of lobsters. After that we co-devised larger scale commission The Cabaret of Dr Caligari as part of Lakes Alive. Here I began to develop a taste for circus, music and escapology. I have a lot to thank him for, so James directing my first solo show feels like coming round full circle. And going home to Manchester to do it feels like the perfect place.
Desert Island Discs 2008
In March we did a micro-residency as part of Jackson’s Lane’s TRANSMIT, where we worked on new show Step Ball Change in their studios and presented a 10 minute act at their scratch night on Saturday 29th March. It was SOLD OUT which was amazing, and we were amongst 9 other fresh circus companies.
There was a great review of the night featuring yours truly at This Is Cabaret
Jackson’s Lane made a short video of the process with a few of the companies in too.
Since then it’s all about the training ready for rehearsals with director and street performer extraordinaire James Macpherson from Artizani.
Roll on next week! (pun intended)
Last Saturday I took part in a micro residency at Jackson’s Lane, leading to an 11 minute showing of the work so far on new show Step Ball Change. I worked with vintage dance choreographer Holly France, and we developed the initial material from our week at the national centre for circus (aka Circus Space) into an act using tap, charleston and walking ball. A big thank you to all at Jackson’s Lane for accommodating us, the sharing was great and we got really positive feedback from the audience.
We also had photographer Lauren O’Brien in to take some promo shots including those for the cute GIF above. I can’t wait to see the rest of her work!