Thank you to everyone, both audience and applicants, who attended our first Members’ Pitch Night. You made it a great experience and fill me with hope for what this program could become in a few years. For those of you who missed out, here is a summary of the five pitches we had on the night.
Laetitia Carlile: Hamlet
Hamlet is a classic text which proves that Shakespeare was supposed to be performed not read. It was made for the general public to enjoy not for the academic elite. Laetitia wanted to stage a traditionally set and costumed version of this Shakespeare play in a way that made it accessible for young people and people of all ages, races and genders by casting people based on merit rather than physical attributes. In doing so she hopes to give teenagers a rare opportunity to engage with Shakespeare outside the context of the classroom or high art establishments.
Tracie Sammut: Commedia Dell’Arte meets Traditional Italian Dance
Commedia dell’arte is a traditional form of Italian theatre featuring stock characters, masks, lots of physical comedy, improvisation and devising situations within set plots. Tracie hopes to work with a wealth of young people in both commedia and traditional Italian dance to explore story telling through movement. She hopes to work with other creatives with and without disability, with and without prior dance and acting experience to create a vibrant, colourful display of Italian culture.
Nicole Pingon: The Incredible Organ Show
By personifying our ‘disposable organs’ (such as kidneys and appendixes) in an experimental devised theatre piece Nicole seeks to explore autonomy, free-will, the mundanity of life but most importantly relationships: how we relate to ourselves, our world and those around us. She will ask audiences what it is that keeps our organs doing their jobs – do they like it? Do they like us? Do they like eachother? Do they know their importance? Does their shared purpose mean they share dreams? And what happens to those that are deemed unimportant in a larger system? She will transport us through costumes to an alien world that exists within us to make us intimately connected to and aware of our own insides.
Theo Tunks: The Meta-Theatre Extravaganza
What happens when a character slowly becomes aware that they are just that, a character in a play and there is a voice – a director – always one step ahead, narrating every move they take? By playing with the concept of meta-narratives Theo is interested in exploring notions of power, free will and freedom of thought. He seeks to use the audience in this piece and also interrogate their relationship to the character as they slowly move their mind. The character knows they are surrounded by people but they refuse to help, they are just bystanders, watches, cruel participants in their downfall, exploring what it is to be surrounded by people yet utterly powerless and alone.
Brigitta Oldereid: Iranian Inspired Contemporary Dance
Merging fashion, music, poetry and original choreography Brigitta aims to create complex tableaux and shapes out of bodies in space. She seeks to explore notions of power through the composition of bodies and the motif of games and teams throughout the piece which build up heightened stakes of winning and losing in a world built on black and white morality. Through dance she will build and break down the rules to suggest fluidity of ethics with evolving and contrasting gestures, textures and dynamics which invite the audience to appreciate the entire spectrum of music.