The STILL is co-created with Laura Sampson to test the possibilities of combining live sound with storytelling.
During lockdown we’ve been working on a brand new show based on Hans Christian Anderson’s THE SNOW QUEEN. You can listen to part 1, THE NEW MIRROR, via Soundcloud here. Part 2, THE RIDE is here. Part 3, THE RIVER is here. Part 4, THE ROSES is here. Part 5, THE ROBBER GIRL is here. Part 6, THE LAST TWO is here.
We’ve been developing a retelling of a classic Japanese tale of hubris, dread and fiery doom – THE HELL SCREEN. We had planned to take it to theatre festivals over summer 2020.
CRUEL AND UNUSUAL is another new show we’ve made, with Laurence Ashcroft. It’s about Dionysus / Bacchus. We were delighted to present our first performances of it at Etcetera Theatre as part of their Black Box Festival on Feb 7th and 9th. We were all set to take it to this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival but now we hope to perform it at next year’s instead.
Before lockdown, our biggest project yet was this:
LUNAR DREAMS on Friday Oct 18th was a full evening of celestial-themed storytelling and sound as part of 2019’s Bloomsbury Festival. Laura and I are teamed up with three of our favourite storytellers (Minnie Wilkinson, Jordan Campbell, Alys Torrance) and three of our favourite sound artists (Greta Pistaceci, Lou Barnell, Sylvia Hallett) in the beautiful Holy Cross Church in King’s Cross, under Luke Jerram‘s astonishing installation Museum of the Moon. The show sold out its 120 capacity and made Time Out’s Top Ten Best Things To Do in London that week.
Before that, inspired by two magical nights we put on in Oct ’18 and April ’19 with some amazing tellers and sound artists, Laura and I developed FOUR new sound and storytelling shows of our own that we took to festivals over the summer of 2019.
THE GATES is about doorways to other worlds. Here’s a teaser trailer we made…
We performed THE GATES at Crouch End Festival on 16th June, Ludlow Fringe Festival on 18th June, and Reading Fringe Festival on 22nd July. Audience members described the show as ‘unforgettable‘ and ‘amazing‘.
IMPOSTORS is about changelings. We performed this show with fabulous teller Polis Loizou at the Underground at Buxton Fringe Festival on 4th July, 8th July and 9th July. The Fringe reviewer described the show as one of the highlights of this year’s spoken word programme:
‘In this nicely structured show, Polis and Laura take turns to tell two stories each, the whole evening playing out to the perfect accompaniment of a soundscape that is beautiful, eerie and disconcerting by turns… Audience members find themselves chilled, entertained and disturbed all in the space of one intriguing evening.’ –Buxton Fringe Spoken Word Reviews 2019
THE WHITE TREE SEA is a family-friendly show we developed for and performed at the Spinning Yarns stage of Village Green Festival on 13th July. Audience members (of various ages ;D) described it as ‘just the right kind of spooky‘ and ‘my favourite stories I heard that afternooon.’
EYE OF THE NIGHT is a one-off show of lunar-themed stories and sound that we created especially for Moon Festival at Woolwich Library on 19th July. The audience described it as ‘a great event‘ – ‘terrific‘ and ‘inspiring‘.
Laura and I had a brilliant time at all these shows and we’re planning more. Watch this space. 😀