Theatre, but not as we know it

At the 2017 Edinburgh festival we saw Middle Child’s All We Ever Wanted was Everything late one night at Summerhall, in a circular tent and it was packed. Gig theatre, (a mash up of theatre [new writing] and an [original] music gig) as it is termed has brought new young audiences into the theatre and you can see why, there’s an energy that goes beyond the norm and it’s infectious.

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Last night we headed to the Lost Gardens of Heligan to another circular tent for the start of Kneehigh’s Asylum summer season which started with Ubu Karaoke. This was a retelling  of Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry and modern classic songs that aid the telling of the story to a twenty-first century audience. The title may imply that people have to get onstage and sing along but that is a false assumption, the cast always lead the songs, which are surtitled and the audience sings along as one. In fact from the start, the usual rules of theatre are left aside. Gone was the 15-20 minute interval and we were told there was a 5 minute breather, we could come and go throughout the show, the doors of the tent were always open and the bar alongside the stage was available throughout the performance. The audience were sitting, standing and dancing; even partaking of games during the Ubu Olympics but never was anyone asked to do anything they didn’t want to do. The whole event was relaxed for everyone and the audience loved it. The analogy of Ubu, who gets to be king by a devious route, wan’t lost on anyone in the audience and nothing had to be spelt out for us to see the modern day equivalents. The fact that it was so relevant to what is happening now made people sing louder, sing like no-one was watching because no-one was watching, we were all partaking. When Ubu was first produced in 1896 it caused a riot and last night the riot was contained within the audience as they formed armies to follow their leaders. If you are on holiday in Cornwall or live in the south west GO. This isn’t gig theatre, its not even karaoke theatre, Knee-high call it ‘promenade musical’ but its something deeper and at this moment in time its obvious that people need it.

Ubu Karaoke is on at the Lost Gardens of Heligan from now until Saturday 25th August

More info here http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/show/UBU-Karaoke.php

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Next lot of tour dates for The Cause

Hot weather is coming, or more accurately, has arrived but before the summer break Dreadnought SW‘s The Cause will be heading out for four more dates before we can hit the beach. Really looking forward to visiting new theatres in places I love, particularly looking forward to re-visiting the Lyric which is beyond charming and reminds me of the film The Smallest Show on Earth, if you’ve been, and more importantly know the film, you will understand what I mean.

Friday July 6th :: The Redgrave Theatre Clifton, Bristol https://redgravetheatre.com/event/2018/07/the-cause/368/

Saturday July 7th :: The Guildhall Barnstaple, Note tickets available via Exeter Phoenix https://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-cause-barnstaple/

Tuesday July 10th :: The Lyric Bridport [a 2.30 matinee here as well as an evening show]                 https://bridportandwestbay.co.uk/events/the-lyric-theatre-the-cause-230pm/

Thursday July 12th :: The Blackmore Theatre Exmouth  http://blackmoretheatre.co.uk/production/the-cause/  

 

From September we will be back on the road, check out the Autumn Tour here

Vera’s ‘popping up’ in the Plymouth Fringe

Coffee With Vera

May 29 @ 6:30pm7:30pm & May 30th @ 2pm- 3pm

 

Ruth Mitchell

Venue: Plymouth Synagogue
Running time: 45-60 minutes
Recommended age: 12+

Coffee with Vera is a performance inspired by 1960s coffee mornings created by gathering stories from the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue in continuous use in the English-speaking world; the Plymouth synagogue.

The character of Vera Jockleson co-hosts a coffee morning with Ruth and recounts how this form of social gathering was a monthly fund raiser for the Ladies Guild. Through Vera we hear of past events and stories whilst at the same time Ruth tries to connect her own history to the place by searching for her (possible) Jewish relatives.

A leading actor for 25 years, in 1993 Ruth created the role of Helga, a German Jewish mother in the Verity Bargate award winning play Kindertransport by Diane Samuels. The assumption that she was a Jewish actor gave her the impetus in 2013 to look for those cultural connections.

Awarded the Intellect postgraduate award in 2013 and the 2014 Wildfire Critics Choice Award at Exeter Ignite, Coffee with Vera now returns to its spiritual home.

Spring Tour dates for The Cause

In just over two weeks we open The Cause in Bodmin and will continue to tour the south west of England throughout the spring. Here are the first set of dates.

For the full tour schedule with links to the venues box offices etc. go to http://dreadnoughtsouthwest.org.uk/the-cause-tour-schedule/

25th & 26th April Callywith College Bodmin  @ 7.30pm  [2.30pm matinee on the 26th]

27th April Crediton Arts Centre @ 7.30pm

3rd May Acorn Penzance @ 2.30 & 7.30pm

10/11/12th May the Barbican Theatre Plymouth @ 7.30pm

21st & 22nd May  Phoenix Arts Centre Exeter @ 8pm [10.30 on 21st & 1.30pm on the 22nd]

31st May the Rondo Theatre Bath @ 7.30pm

7th June Ivor Potter Hall Bude @ 7.30pm

8th June St Austell Arts Centre @ 7.30pm

9th June Heartlands Pool Camborne @ 7.30pm

15th & 16th June Yeld Hall Chippenham @ 7.30pm [2.30pm on the 16th]

 

Spring news

After two years of developing a script with Dreadnought South West we will be taking it on tour, from April we will be travelling around the south west of England then, after a summer break, we will continue further afield. All tour dates will be posted here when they are confirmed.

A Conversation between a pacifist and a militant. How far would you go for a cause, would you protest peacefully or would you build a bomb?

For the time being here’s the image for The Cause by Natalie McGrath,                         photo by Matt Austin

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List of this weeks Hidden Stories:Hidden Places audio trails

I’ve been working with my ripple colleague Derek Frood to make audio trails for some Heritage open days, the national event is this coming weekend.

It is also the first week of the Jewish Heritage Days 2017 and here are three events where our cemetery audio trails can be heard.

Thursday 7 September Plymouth Cemetery Audio Trail.

2pm. Listen to the audios in the synagogue vestry and then take a walk up to the cemetery to see the graves. Free event but booking advised for numbers. Contact Jerry Sibley 07753 267616 or 01752 263162

Thursday 7th September Phonic FM Exeter

6-8pm. I will be appearing on Phonic FM’s first Culture Club.  Listen live on Phonic FM: 106.8FM in Exeter; phonic.fmworldwide. Listen again at www.mixcloud.com/phoniccr.

Sunday 9th September Exeter Audio Trail

Synagogue open 11-3 have a tour of the synagogue and listen to our audios with your refreshments. There will also be a film running to illustrate one of our stories.

Sunday 9th September Falmouth Presentation

12.30pm. Derek and I will be talking about how we unearthed stories from the Plymouth cemetery and how they turned into a project called Hidden Stories: Hidden Places. Places are free but we are asking people to sign up here http://thepoly.org/whats-on/event/491/hidden-stories-hidden-places

Sunday 9th September Falmouth Audio Trail

2-4pm in the Ponsharden Cemetery our audio trail will be part of a talk and walk in both the Jewish cemetery and it’s neighbour, the Dissenter’s burial ground. Derek and I will be there in person to hand out the headphones.

#ripple’s Hidden Stories: Hidden Places @PolyFalmouth

On Sunday September 10th I will be giving a presentation with my ripple colleague Derek Frood about our Hidden Stories: Hidden Places project. This grew out of our Plymouth Cemetery Audio trail, which took place in a hidden Jewish cemetery on Plymouth Hoe in 2016. After the unexpected success of the trail within the Plymouth Art Weekender we continued the research into Exeter and Falmouth and the outcome are two audio trails one for each place. On the 10th of September there will be a chance to hear them within the Jewish Heritage week and the Heritage Open Days. In Exeter you can hear the audio stories within the Synagogue which is open on the Sunday afternoon and in Falmouth you can walk around the Ponsharden burial ground between 2-4pm.

Before the cemetery opens we will be chatting about our research at the Falmouth Poly, how the three trails have cultural connections but how we’ve tried to make them creatively different; from spoken biographies in Plymouth to a more in depth story telling for Falmouth. The talk starts at 12.30 and should last roughly 50 minutes to an hour which will give people time to then head to the Ponsharden burial ground for the tour. This is a FREE event but we ask that people sign up so we can monitor numbers. Thanks

http://thepoly.org/whats-on/event/491/hidden-stories-hidden-places

http://www.dissenters.moonfruit.com/open-day/4587242113

Hidden Stories: Hidden Places is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England , Exeter City Council small grants scheme and  Feast Cornwall a programme that makes great art happen across Cornwall.