The Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase in Millennium Square and We The Curious explored the future potential of the next generation of wireless connectivity. It was produced by Watershed on behalf of the Smart Internet Lab, University of Bristol.
There were spectacular 3D-like projections, virtual reality dance, augmented reality walks, demos, talks, dancing shadows, friendly pedestrian crossing and loads more. And it was all free.
Both days climaxed at night with the bound-to-be-absolutely-stunning Millennium Constellations, large interactive projections from Joanie Lemercier.
Photo by Jack Offord
Photo by Jack Offord
Photo by Paul Blakemore
Photo by Paul Blakemore
by Tim Cowbury directed by Mark Maughan.
22nd - 23rd Nov 2017, 7.45pm, The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 28th Nov – 2nd Dec 2017, 7.30pm The Bike Shed 10th Jan – 13th Jan 2018, 7.30pm, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 15th Jan – 27th Jan 2018, 7.30pm, Shoreditch Town Hall 29th Jan 2018, 7pm, Gulbenkian, Kent 31st Jan 2018, 7pm, Platform, Glasgow
A comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society.
Serge stands before us. He has a performance to give.
But why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it?
The Claim gently invites you into the most British of interviews, then morphs into a dizzying onslaught of bureaucracy and prejudice. A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, this play asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.
The Believers are but Brothers
From the postcolonial Middle East, to the EU and USA, old orders are collapsing. Tech savvy extremist groups are ripping up the rule books while a generation of young men burn with resentment and unfulfilled self-entitlement, whilst falling into online worlds of fantasy, violence and reality. This bold one-man show weaves together their stories.
SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST 2017 AWARD WINNER
WINNER | SUMMERHALL LUSTRUM AWARD FOR GREATEST EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MOMENTS
NOMINEE | TOTAL THEATRE AWARD FOR EXPERIMENTATION AND INNOVATION
“FULL OF DARK POETRY AND SHEER ANALYTICAL POWER” THE SCOTSMAN
“BOLD AND GUT TWISTING” THE STAGE
“A MULTIMEDIA FEAST OF A SHOW” THE INDEPENDENT
The Believers are but Brothers - Trailer
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY JAVAAD ALIPOOR CO-DIRECTED BY JAVAAD ALIPOOR AND KIRSTY HOUSLEY STAGE AND LIGHTING DESIGN BY BEN PACEY DRAMATURGY BY CHRIS THORPE SOUND DESIGN BY SIMON MCCORRY VIDEO DESIGN BY JACK OFFORD AND ADAM RADOLINSKI PRODUCED BY LUKE EMERY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - NATALIE DIDDAMS ASISSTANT DIRECTOR - HEATHER KNUDSTEN
Jamie Wood is a performer and director, creating striking and accessible theatre. His work reflects a training combining fine art, theatre, clown and dance. Work ranges from the comic and darkly surreal plays of The Frequency D’Ici (Paperweight, Fringe First 2008) to the physical and visual poetics of Petra’s Pulse (Aegean Fatigue, National Review of Live Art 2008), to his hugely successful solo shows, Beating McEnroe and O No!
O No! - Currently Touring both nationally and internationally
One of the most talked about shows of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, O No! is a psychedelic ride, and a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles. It borrows Yoko Ono’s art instructions to ask whether falling in love is always catastrophic.
It’s about reckless optimism, avant-garde art & what we might yet have to learn from the hippies.
“Fractious, hilarious and punctuated by undeniable beauty, Jamie Wood’s tribute to Yoko Ono is a thing of mischief and magic” The Stage *****
The show was Jamie’s sixth time being nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Experimentation and Innovation. It's gone on to tour from Soho to Seoul and many places in between. It's available to tour on an ongoing basis.
Beating McEnroe - Available for bookings
Beating McEnroe is a new solo show from award-winning theatre maker Jamie Wood about a pivotal moment. With the help of his audience, amongst vivid, surprising images, Jamie performs a cathartic ritual: recreating and reliving the last point of one fateful match until he is finally able to move on in his life. Beating McEnroe was shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form in 2013, won the From Edinburgh with Love award from Ovalhouse and in 2014 won Best Show at BE Festival as voted by the audience.
I worked for Situations as Producer on this project for 6 months, before handing over to a production manager who delivered the 24 day, 24 hour run. By the close of the project, over 30,000 people had been to see it.
About the Production
In autumn 2015, a remarkable structure rose up from within the bombed out remains of Temple Church in central Bristol. For 24 days, this 14th century site was transformed into an intimate gathering place in which to hear the city like never before.
Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates was invited by Bristol arts producer, Situations, to create his first public project in the UK as part of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.
The artist sought out discarded and dormant materials from former places of labour and religious devotion across Bristol to build an intimate and distinctive temporary structure at Temple Church. From midday Thursday 29th October, Sanctum hosted a continuous programme of performance over 576 hours until midday Saturday 21st November, sustained by Bristol’s performers, musicians and bands.
Audiences were able to enter ‘Sanctum’ day and night and they did not know who the performers were. They may have encountered a headlining band or come across a gospel choir handing over to a spoken word artist.
Sanctum has been developed through Theaster’s encouragement to see and reflect upon the unseen, unvisited and under-heard. In the shell of the English Heritage site of Temple Church, Sanctum tested what future spaces of contemplation and gathering might supersede the sanctuaries of the past.
Mayfest Radio hit 12,000 listens across the 11 days of Mayfest.
To see what hitting 10,000 listens looked like live, click here. But be warned that it contains at least 50% bad chair-based dancing.
For those of you that don’t know, Mayfest Radio was an 11 day pop-up radio station as part of Mayfest 2016. It provides a way for people from all over the world to engage in and experience the art, conversations and atmosphere of Mayfest. Click here to find out more.
I have produced Mayfest Radio for 3 years, since 2014. I produce and curate the content for the radio station, working with Matthew Austin and Kate Yedigaroff, the co-directors of Mayfest.
Mayfest Radio’s aim is to make a meeting point for arts, theatre, performance, music and discussion, in the form of our temporary internet radio station during the festival and then in our archives, hosted on Mixcloud, Soundcloud and iTunes.
We aim to allow audiences and artists the chance to have a deeper engagement with the festival through conversation and debate, specially commissioned audio work, interviews and features. Mayfest Radio helps the festival reach national and international audiences and allows people not at the festival the opportunity to tune into Mayfest, wherever they are in the world.
#TORYCORE - Lucy Ellinson, Steve Lawson, Chris Thorpe
TORYCORE is a show like no other. A fiercely political convergence of death metal and theatre, it’s about vocalising a response to Conservative Party policies through music, speeches, powerpoint and rage. It’s a guttural, expressive experience made up of Tory doctrine, political contexts and the impact of austerity over the past five years, told through “‘songs’ that fluctuate between being tensely funny and angrily barbaric, skewering the ridiculousness of Tory rhetoric” (Dan Hutton).
First performed in a suburban living room in 2012 as part of Forest Fringe’s Paper Stages launch (http://www.forestfringe.co.uk/2012/08/summertime-and-beyond/), the Torycore trio, Lucy Ellinson, Chris Thorpe and Steve Lawson, went on to win the Arches Brick Award in the same year. Since then, they’ve brought this intensely provocative experience to Mayfest, Latitude, Pulse Festival, Camden Peoples Theatre, The Gate, Battersea Arts Centre and even the Unity Theatre on the eve of the general election in 2015.
The rage is palpable, the impact terrific, and the force of despair almost agonising. #Torycore is a brilliant, brave idea, executed with terrific energy. The Scotsman
The roaring sound vibrates through the room, moving audiences bodily as much as emotionally. Its political rage is furiously infectious (Catherine Love) Exeunt Magazine
This noise - that of a wounded animal roaring - pierced the festering sense of injustice within me and set me on fire. What’s On Stage Awards on Ellinson’s singing
Once Upon a Time - Agnieszka Blonksa
Once Upon A Time is a show about ageing and the passing of time, told through the extraordinary bodies of two dancers and one trapeze artist, all aged over 65. At once a celebration of, and a provocation on our relationship with ageing, this dance-theatre performance reveals how time marks its inevitable course through our skin, our muscles, our identity.
Inspired by Jean Amery’s book On Ageing: Revolt and Resignation, Agnieszka Blonska has created a poetic piece focusing on the life and work of three physical performers, revealing their individual stories and letting us into the joy, pain, beauty and strength of older age.
DIRECTOR - AGNIESZKA BLONSKA MOVEMENT DIRECTION - DAN CANHAM PROJECTION DESIGN - MARK PARRY
Initially the show played at Circomedia in Bristol on Thurs 25th, Fri 26th, Sat 27th September 2014 7:30pm.
Working with Theatre Bristol, we secured funding to support the first UK tour of Agnieska Blonska’s work. Touring to mid-scale venues in 2015, including:
THE CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION WED 23RD SEPT
THE GULBENKIAN, KENT TUES 29TH SEPT
COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE WEDS 7TH OCT
MALVERN THEATRES WEDS 28TH OCT
TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW - Part of the Luminate Festival FRI 30TH & SAT 31ST OCT
BETA showcased new and daring pieces of work, at an evolving stage, by emerging and established performers from East Anglia, the UK and Berlin. All shows were Pay What You Can.
BETA was a new platform for underground and fringe performance and will be a building block for future collaborations, networks and productions. It was part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, 2011.
Easy for You to Say
“the word formulations were incredibly beautiful – proper silvery poetry, deep and bright…” Exeunt Magazine
One of Guardian Theatre Critic, Lyn Gardner’s, TOP PICKS for the Fringe
“This is very empowering stuff, and much needed…you’d be a fool to miss it.” Slate The Disco
Easy For You To Say is a show about labels, self-identity, and the lack of understanding within society around learning difficulties and disabilities. Rowan James is a hip-hop and punk inspired poet diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty and speech impediment, who can be disabled by other people’s perceptions. Marv Radio is a beatboxer and MC with dexterous lips and an arsenal of sounds at his disposal.
With big beats and big words, set to the rhythm of Rowan’s own irregular heartbeat, this show asks you to consider the effects of a society obsessed with normality. In a world of normcore fashion and statistical averages, what’s so important about blending in?
Devised and performed by Rowan James and Marv Radio, Produced by Luke Emery, Directed by Daniel Pitt, Mentoring by Hannah Jane Walker, Lighting Design by Sherry Coenen.
About the iF Platform
The show is being presented at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a part of the inaugural Integrated Fringe Platform, a ground-breaking showcase featuring the best integrated arts companies from the UK.
Commissioned by Cambridge Junction. Supported by Cambridge Junction and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich through Escalator Performing Arts, and Stopgap Dance Company’s iF Platform.
Art in the Underbelly
Art in the Underbelly was a gallery, installation and performance space based beneath the Rumsey Wells in Norwich. I founded the space in May 2010 and ran it until it closed in May 2013. My philosophy for the space was one of continuity and inclusivity. Through a series of local, national and international curated exhibitions that began with opening nights that bring together art, live music, DJ’s and limited edition giveaways, I brought together a diverse community of people whom all get to see something for the first time.