I was invited by Director Liz Postlethwaite to become a Creative Associate of a new theatre company we collectively named, Small Things. As a company our aim is to make inventive and beautifully crafted performances, playful adventures and creative experiences, with professional and non-professional performers and artists. To take inspiration from the investigation and telling of stories that reflect the world around us and help us understand it better. To make work linked to local communities and identities, that is created and shared in non-typical, formal and informal creative spaces. Or through unusual uses of traditional performance spaces (in this case live theatre in a gallery space). To be driven by an interest in the social responsibility of art and the part that creative projects and processes can play within wider social change.
Our first piece, The Resonance of Seclusion, was inspired by the extraordinary life story of Leeds artist Joash Woodrow. The Arts Council granted us a three week period of research and development during which we met with the surviving members of the Woodrow family and the executor of the Woodrow estate and archives. We set out to devise a performance piece based on the life story of the artist and present it in an art gallery space, this being the most poignant location to tell his story. This allowed us to explore the potential for live performance within gallery space. The R and D culminated in a three night event at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. There were four cast members, all Manchester-based actors, and they each played a number of parts, requiring costume designs for a total of 17 characters. I developed a simple aesthetic language for the set in response to the gallery space. The story moves through 10 locations and spans a time period of near 100 years.
|Schools:||School of Art, Design and Architecture|
|Deposited By:||Graham Stone|
|Deposited On:||10 Jul 2012 10:27|
|Last Modified:||10 May 2013 20:10|