July 13, 2009

Summer round-up, and what’s coming up

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We had a busy couple of weeks at the start of July, but more of that later.  First, some news of a new project: ‘Avon Calling’.

Some of you may have seen some early ideas for Avon Calling at our performance at Pilot back in March 09.  We’re pleased to announce that Avon Calling has been selected by Pilot to be part of their double-bill ‘It Came From Pilot’ at Warwick Arts Centre on 8th October 2009.  It will remain a one-woman show, co-written and performed by Louise Platt.  We’ll be rehearsing throughout August and September.

Back to what we’ve been up to so far this summer…

We started July with a performance at Pilot at the A.E. Harris Factory space (which we called ‘Spool’).  It involved using live sound looping to create evocative soundscapes. We started work on the show at 10am on the Monday, and performed it on the Thursday night. It seemed to go down well, and the current MD of the A.E. Harris factory gave it the thumbs up (despite the comic depiction of a fictional member of his staff!)

The culmination of our project at Colmore Infant & Nursery School in Kings Heath took place on Friday 10th July, as part of a day of celebrations marking the school’s Centenary. Artistic Director Katie Day has been working with parents at the school since March, as part of a Bright Space project investigating the school’s history.  Everything came together on the day, and a dedicated handful of parents performed in a 10 minute ‘WW2 Air Raid Shelter Experience’ for every class at the school – 13 performances in all.  We seem to have captured the children’s imaginations – as later on that same day one child presented us with a drawing of everyone inside the shelter, and we overheard playground games at breaktime involving sirens and running to the shelter!

Take a look at the Education section of our website for information about our other participatory projects.

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