The Directors and Performance Facilitators
Emma has been a Bristol based freelance theatre director for over fifteen years. She works across various art forms, ranging from large outdoor spectacles to small intimate productions. Recent productions include Shop of Little Horrors by Pickled Image, The Lost Present and Super Sam and Mega Max Save Christmas for The Tobacco Factory and Blast Off for Kid Carpet. She has recently took Just Add Water, the large scale puppetry production by students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to Prague. Her personal ethos has been to maintain accessibility and innovation throughout her work.
Workshops – Her sessions will explore techniques for successfully delivering text and narrative outdoors. When the conversation with the audience has to allow for every imaginable interruption, from bored dog to bad weather, how complicated can the narrative be? How much text is too much? How tight can you structure your show if the joy of the work is live and interactive? She will be testing ideas and theories by trying out material around Bristol. The sessions will respond directly to the writing work that is created during the residency. www.emmawilliamsdirector.com/
John is a writer, performer and theatre director. He is an Artistic Director of Peepolykus with whom he has created and toured 12 productions including The Midsummer Rude Mechanicals (National Theatre) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (Duchess Theatre, West End). Directing credits include: Tobacco Factory Bristol, Ramshacklicious, Le Navet Bete, Paul Merton, Nina Conti, Pickled Image, Rik Mayall, Lyric Hammersmith, Mike McShane, The Kevin Spacey Foundation, Spymonkey, Comedy Consultancy for BBC2, Bath Theatre Royal, Newbury Watermill. John is an experienced teacher of clown and physical theatre/comedy, including; The Circus Space, City Lit, Circomedia, Bristol University, Rose Bruford, National Theatre and master classes in UK, India, South East Asia, South America.
Workshops – John’s sessions will begin translating newly written words and narrative to performance, on character and on structure. He will also be looking at when a performance in not a performance. Things that look catch the attention without looking prepared or looking anything like a performance. Eg. Why is everyone carrying pot plants/beds/stacks of books? Where did they get them from and where are they going? I’ve now seen 5 discarded washing machines in the past 50 yards and over there are 10 people with washing baskets and someone is now trying to sell me clothes pegs. The idea of building that up; a series of small events/happenings that could possibly lead to a bigger event that draws all the seemingly disparate parts together, interests me. Like tributary streams that lead to a river. Work that has been created over the week will be drawn together and presented in this way.
Kyra Pollitt and David Ellington
David Ellington is a deaf actor, performer, filmmaker and Visual Vernacular practitioner.
Kyra Pollitt is one of only a handful of folks globally to have researched and written about creative forms of British Sign Language. www.kyrapollitt.com/
Workshop – Exploring Visual Vernacular. Visual Vernacular (VV) is a term that describes the creative use of British Sign Language. It involves acute observation of human behaviour, coupled with the ability to edit these behaviours down to their shortest and clearest visual clues. This workshop will combine some theory and discussion with some practical activities to help develop/ hone your Visual Vernacular skills.
Paschale is artistic director of Red Herring, which creates unusual outdoor performance that is playfully provocative and which aims to reach people who aren’t regular theatre-goers. Their current show is Funny Peculiar, a guide to eccentric Britain, produced by Time Wont Wait, which incorporates live performance and audio sequences for headphones. Directing experience includes work for Red Herring, The Honk Project, Dans La Poche, Barnaby Gibbons and Hogarth Productions and as the resident Assistant Director at the New Vic Theatre 2010-11. She is a reviewer with Fringe Review and an Arts Council England Assessor with a focus on outdoor and alternative performance. www.redherringproductions.co.uk
Richard joined Desperate Men in 1996 and has worked on Bristol Loves Tides, The Wye Valley River Festival, The Nativity Cycle, Battle for the Winds, The Severn Project, Slapstick and Slaughter, Darwin and the Dodo, Rick, Dick and Vic, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and The Lighthouse, in Cirque Bijou’s Sequins and Sawdust and An Oak Tree with Tim Crouch. He has provided dramaturgy for Circus Space production of Happy Families, co-ordinated What If a circus and street performance training week and is also a Tutor / Role Player for Bristol University Primary Health Care Dept in Communication Skills. www.desperatemen.com
Workshops – Paschale and Richard will be running the morning warm up sessions each day, using games and exercises that will help shake off that fuzzy feeling, encourage a playful mood, get your pen working and enable focused thinking.
Edson Burton is a writer, historian, and programmer who’s broad interests in race, class, gender and sexuality are part an essential exploration of power and justice. Since completing his Phd in 2004 Edson has focused his attentions on social change on a local level . He has for example this year completed an eighteenth month project on Old Market Bristol – an area known for its striking diversity. His historical research both local and national have informed his poetry and drama writing. Edson is also a member of #Come The Revolution a collective of programmers from Bristol & Birmingham committed to articulating Black experience and culture(s) through cinema. He was the writer on The Ithaca Axis, a multi site performance journey round Bristol based on The Odyssey. www.facebook.com/events/138034696368028/
Workshop – Recreating stories from history, myth or fairy tale. Finding new perspectives from classic structures
Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He has published two pamphlets of poetry: Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars and Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales. His first play The 14th Tale (a one-man show which he performed) was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his third, Black T-Shirt Collection ran at England’s National Theatre. He is currently working on Barber Shop Chronicles – a new play, and a poetry pamphlet called #Afterhours. www.inuaellams.com He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. www.themnr.com
Take a journey round Bristol, find writing inspiration from place, based on or inspired by locations we visit, collect words from graffiti art, write what places make you feel or think off. Perform the results.
Lucy has written extensively for stage, screen and radio since graduating with a degree in Experimental Theatre from Dartington College of Arts. She began her career as a playwright and is a former writer in residence at the Bristol Old Vic, where she also received a Pearson Television Writer’s award. For television, Lucy has written episodes of Frankie (BBC1), Casualty and Being Human. Currently she has an original series in development with Kudos. She has written extensively for BBC Radio 4 Drama, including Friday Plays, Classic Serial adaptations and Woman’s Hour series plus an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Her first produced feature film, In the Dark Half, was produced by ifeatures, Matador and BBC Films and premiered at Raindance in 2011.
Workshop – How does dialogue express a character’s personality, history and propel the story along?
Mike has written extensively for children, & is a well respected writer & dramaturg of plays in high profile theatres, such as, Bristol Old Vic (Treasure Island, Peter Pan, Jane Eyre), The Tobacco Factory & The Brewery (The Lost Present, Super Sam & Mega Max Save Christmas). His next production, The Magic Elves, will be the Chrismas show at the Old Vic Studio. A former teacher, Mike has been Education Director at Travelling Light, & also taught Writing for Performance at Bristol University.
Workshop – Stories from Scratch, methods for inventing new stories
Xavier is the former Artistic Director of the acclaimed KAOS Theatre. For KAOS he wrote and directed numerous critically acclaimed and awarded plays, including an Edinburgh Fringe First, Winner of The Stage Award, Best Ensemble and Time Out Critics Choice. Xavier has written and directed two feature films, Mine (a ‘breakthrough movie’ LUFF 2007) and Kung Fu Flid, (Anchor Bay 2009) the world’s first ‘cripsploitation’ movie, starring thalidomide actor Mat Fraser. Recently he edited the feature documentary, Calabash, (official selection the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer, 2015). Xavier’s first novel, The Romeo and Juliet Killers, is published by Dedalus Books, 2015. www.xavierleret.com
Workshop – Developing story structure, dynamic and pace
The Digi People
Rosie is an experience architect and real-world game designer. Her work is guided by a simple mission: to make beautiful, genuinely moving experiences that put the participants at the centre of the action. To do this she uses an eclectic mix of tools – most importantly theatre, gaming, and digital technology. As Creative Director of playful experience agency Splash & Ripple she works across live events (multi-location theatrical street games) and long term installed adventures in museums and heritage sites. An academic grounding in Psychology and Anthropology informs Rosie’s people-centric focus, she’s designed pervasive games and playful happenings since 2007. www.watershed.co.uk/pmstudio/collaborator/rosie-poebright
Workshops – Rosie’s sessions will investigate using simple MOBILE PHONE based digital technology to enhance audience experience. She will be looking at what has been done before, how useful digital technology could be to you, exploring the potential of TWILIO and then how to get the audience engaged in using their phones during performances. Twilio allows you to programmatically make and receive phone calls, and send and receive text messages using its online APIs – ie you can give a number to an audience who can use it to receive pre programmed texts and calls, eg from characters, info of background history, instructions to participate etc.
Co-founder and Producer for Walk the Plank, Director of some of the company’s more recent shows.
Having produced the theatre ship’s national touring programme for fifteen years, Liz helps create dynamic work which connects audiences with particular locations, often for special occasions and usually with participation at their heart. For example: the UK’s first Art Car Parades; The Potting Shed cabaret seasons; Newcastle’s annual Winter Carnival; the Commonwealth Youth Games Opening; The Return of Colmcille, Derry City of Culture; Manchester Day Parade. www.walktheplank.co.uk/
TALK – Telling stories large scale, outdoors, using projects as case studies – the joys and challenges
Mandy Dike is Artistic Director of And Now, a highly skilled team of freelance pyrotechnicians, artists, designers, production and site managers who have successfully worked together over many years. Mandy was previously associate director and principal designer with The World Famous. www.andnow.co.uk/
TALK – Enhancing narrative and character with pyros and special effects
Nick is the Relationship Manager, Combined Arts, South West, Arts Council England. He has a long history of involvement in and the development of Outdoor Arts.
TALK – Nick will join with other colleagues in a presentation and group discussion of Outdoor Arts: Scale and Perspective: where are we now and how did we get here?
Amy Saunders presents – Miss Behave’s Gameshow
Mobile phone technology integrated into a performance at it’s best, funniest and most craziest. We have reduced cost tickets!!! Take a sneaky peak…