On Friday I performed a new collaboration at Bites:Remix curated by Upswing at the Albany. I was paired with Albany associate artist Fergus Evans, an experimental theatre maker and fellow Manchester expat.
We had only 3 days to create the piece. We looked at ways to combine walking globe and text in a way that allowed the physical instability to support the emotional vulnerability of my story. I found it fulfilling to experiment with writing, something I have wanted to try for a long time. It took me back to when I was little, getting an old typewriter for Christmas.
Working with Fergus was a DREAM. I felt safe in his dramaturgical arms, that his opinion was honest and fair, that he would push me but know when to stop. All this is vital when exploring your own past in a public forum.
As a street performer this was completely opposite to the type of work I create and perform. Bites: Remix gave me the opportunity to try something completely new and trusted in my practice as an artist. I usually delve into realms of the surreal and absurd, and my work is a chance for me to escape. In this piece I wanted to stare into the headlights of my past. We all have things we carry with us, and in that we are not alone.
Autumn is the season of change and it’s no different here at Molly Orange. We are collaborating on some new ventures with Circadian Troupe and Emergency Exit Arts over the next couple of weeks.
With EEA we start some research and development on a new walkabout performance based on the Women’s Institute, directed by Chloe Osborne. It’s their 100th Birthday next year and we have been researching their impact great and small. Did you know that the first W.I. in Britain was in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?
We are also pleased to announce that we are performing the finale at Eltham Lights Up 15th Anniversary celebration, in an Alice in Wonderland inspired performance on top of a carnival float on Thursday 20th November. You can find out more about the event here.
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)