We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our funding bid to develop the acrobatic provision in Manchester with The Circus House. Owen and Lucy will be completing some intensive training with Polichinelo Circus from February- April and then sharing their skills at the first Manchester Acro Convention in 2015. Dates and further info to follow. I will be writing a strategic report on the provision of acrobatics in Greater Manchester making recommendations to the Circus House about their future acrobatics programme.
We are delighted to announce we have been taken on by the UK’s premier Street Theatre agency, Fools Paradise! We are very much looking forward to working with them in 2015 and beyond, and you can catch our walkabout show Bobbins! at their showcase at Waterman’s Arts Centre on 27th February 2015.
You can see our artist page here
Find out about the showcase here
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.
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 an absolute ball at Just So Festival in August, we just wanted to share some nice images and the Just So video! Can you spot us?
Big thanks to the Circus House Manchester staff and youth circus for their hard work and creativity on one of the highlights of 2014 for me.
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…