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!
It has been a busy start to the year hear at Orange HQ.
I completed two weeks training with the incredible Vicki Amedume from Upswing as part of their Step Up programme. You can see a short film of our training here.
We began work on the new one woman show Step Ball Change with support from the newly renamed National Centre for Circus (aka Circus Space) and Arts Council England. We are looking forward to developing and sharing our work at Jackson’s Lane on Saturday 29th March as part of their TRANSMIT micro residency. You can buy tickets for TRANSMIT for only £5 and see a whopping ten companies share their works-in-progress.
Bookings are still being taken for 2014 for our family show Little Wonder and walkabout Bobbins! so please contact us for more details.
That’s all folks.
We have great news! Our new show, Step Ball Change has been successful in our Grants for the Arts application for research and development. We have been busy already, completing the first four days as part of our Lab: time support from Circus Space. I am collating the video footage as we speak which will post in due course.
It’s all kicking off in 2014.
Next week I have the pleasure and privilege of training with aerial company Upswing for 2 weeks on their ‘Step up’ programme. Aerial will be a new venture for me as I have previously only stayed on the ground/on a ball/ in Owen’s capable hands before now.
From February 3rd- 7th I will be doing some R&D on the new show Step, Ball, Change with the delightful Holly France. We have already been scheming about tap shoes and Charleston moves and are vey excited to get going. Below is one of the images I’ve been looking at for inspiration!
I am also looking forward to going to For The Love of It , a Street Arts networking and skill sharing event from 21st-23rd February in Stoke-on-Trent, where we will also be having the AGM for the National Association of Street Artists. Sign up if you’re not already a member!