a binaural sound project exploring life-changing moments through community outreach and digital simulcasts.
T H E P R O J E C T | explores the moment of change that occurs when we are thrown, unwittingly, from childhood to adulthood, and the scars that we may still carry with us from that time.
T H R O W N | marks an exciting departure for us from our usual way of working. Moving away from the traditional script and the traditional theatre building, and moving towards multi-narrative, multi-sensory work that can be broadcast live from whatever performance space we choose.
T H I S M E A N S | the established monetary cost of making and seeing theatre, both for us and for our audience, disappears. We are free to create live performance whenever we like, for however long we like. A performance could last for 2 minutes, or 2 hours, or 2 days. And our audience can choose to watch live, or explore previous narratives, wherever they are, for as long they want or need.
For this research and development phase of the project, which is being supported by Arts Council England, we will be visiting and working with community groups in and around the South East, collecting and documenting memories and stories from everyone we meet. What we hope to finish with is a Living Record of experience that might - just might - be able to compete with funny cat videos, and provide a little bit of humanity in a time when humanity seems quite hard to find.
Keep checking here for updates, or alternatively follow the journey on our facebook, twitter and youtube pages:
JODI GRAY | PLAYWRIGHT
Jodi is a playwright and screenwriter. She is currently on attachment at the Oxford Playhouse as part of their Playmaker scheme, and is Associate Artist with Vanner Collective. Plays include SSA, The Front Room, Reach Out and Touch Me, You Could Move, hookup and Affection (all Outbox Theatre Company, in London and on tour); Spent. and How to Find Us (Oxford School of Drama at Soho Theatre) and Like I Care (ArtsEd).
CHRIS DROHAN | SOUND DESIGNER
Chris is a sound designer whose work has ranged from experimental new work to large scale No.1 Touring Musicals. Chris also works as a Sound and Video Technician, having worked for the Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre, English Touring Opera, Park Theatre, Hightide Festival, Gate Theatre, Kings Head Theatre and Ovalhouse Theatres.
JESSICA CHEETHAM | STRATEGIC PRODUCER
Jess is an experienced independent producer and project manager, who has fundraised over 100k in the last two years. Jessica has a particular interest in audience development and community engagement. She is Artistic Director of Spun Glass Theatre and Strategic Producer of Root Experience.
SIMON MAGNUS | OUTREACH CO-ORDINATOR
Simon is the Artistic Director of Root Experience and has been training Living Record Productions in community outreach and safeguarding skills to enable them to confidently run community projects that will surround the project in the future.
JAMES TURNBULL | DIGITAL MENTORING
James is the producer of The Old Market and TOMTech and is mentoring the artistic and production development of the project, particularly the use of binaural sound & simulcasts of live performance.
We have just completed the first stage of our R+D, conducting a week-long series of community workshops gathering childhood stories and memories which will become the basis for the kaleidoscope of performance texts.
Christine (L) and Dot (R) were real inspirations for us.
The project also takes inspiration from the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, most notably his theories of thrownness and fallenness:
1. Thrownness: That we have no say in where we are born or to who - we are simply thrown into the world. The choice we have to make is whether we are happy to stay within these limits, strive to break away from them, or simply learn to cope.
2. Fallenness: That we have somehow become happy to be distracted with meaningless 'content', rather than searching for meaningful connection.