We have received funding from ACE for 3 weeks of r&d (March/April 2018) working with several very exciting, and very different artists outside of our normal practice. As a company we want to develop our work into site-specific locations and use new technologies to enrich our work so that we can offer live performances that go beyond what is currently perceived as ‘conventional’ theatre, providing audiences and participants with a myriad of experiences.
The r&d will allow us to begin the process of creating an immersive production around the award-winning play When the Rain Stops Falling (by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell who wrote the award winning film ‘Lantana’ and co-wrote the original screenplay for Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Strictly Ballroom’) ready for touring in Spring 2019. This epic contemporary play spans 4 generations (from 1950’s to 2039) and 2 hemispheres, interweaving a series of connected stories, as seven people confront the mysteries of their past in order to understand their future revealing how patterns of betrayal, love, and abandonment are passed on. Set against a backdrop of cataclysmic climate change Bovell’s play is an almost biblical quest for answers – from global issues like ‘will our world survive us?’ to more personal ones about how we can survive our own family histories and traumas. We will be creating an immersive physical live performance using video projection alongside soundscapes to create a visually and aurally stunning landscape for the piece. The cast will include 7 actor/performers.
The artists we will be working with include:
Dr Elizabeth Swift specialises in intermedial performance and is founder director of the theatre company Void Projects presenting performances around the world over the past 20 years including The Two-Sided Boy, a digital opera which was shown at Glyndebourne, Babble, a digital/live performance which took place partly in a virtual world and was presented in 12 countries. Liz has presented papers on performance and new technology at various international conferences. Liz teaches multimedia theatre at the University of Gloucestershire and is also a researcher at the Centre for Intermedia at Exeter University where she completed her PhD in theatre and digital media in 2014.
Lizzy McBain of UnderConstruction Theatre company, an Oxford based physical theatre company specialising in site-based performances. Lizzy is a theatre director and community artist and studied an MA in the Visual Language of Performance at Wimbledon College of Art. She worked as a designer/maker for Cornish landscape theatre company Wild Works, and as assistant director to visual theatre artist Geraldine Pilgrim on several productions throughout the UK. She is Artistic Director of UnderConstruction Theatre and has created twelve unique pieces of site-specific performance for the company since it was established in 2007.
Emma Webb is a movement director, director and performer. Trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama she has recently worked with the Oxford
Playhouse, Arts and the Old Fire Station, Wild Boor Ideas, Human Story Theatre and award winning playwright Richard Marsh. Emma also works with UnderConstruction Theatre and Justice in Motion as a director/performer.