In June Almost Human had a meeting with heritage, youth and arts organisations in Barnstaple about the possibility of staging a large scale performance involving young people in the Barnstaple Pannier Market, an indoor space used for market traders in the town, and a nightly hangout for young people. This was in response to a previous meeting almost a year ago with organisers, performers and associates of Barnstaple Fringe TheatreFest, where we had all discussed ways in which the festival can associate and resonate more with the local Barnstaple community. In the meeting, we pitched a production of ‘When We […]
Our site-specific performance Together took place in Barnstaple this June, with great success. Now, two months later, we finally developed the pictures that were taken on disposable cameras during the shows. But what’s so special about these pictures is that we didn’t take them. Neither did we ask a professional photographer to take care of the show’s documentation. One of the participants, the Tourist, always embarked on a quest to find a small disposable camera inside the Queen’s Theatre; armed with their camera they were asked to document the town. What is important? What do you see? What is overlooked? The […]
Blog post by Almost Human Fraser on returning to work on Letters from Another Island, to perform in Acco. “An email comes in from another company member with a link to After the Thaw, which is in preparation of the new project of making a music video. It begains to play over the voice recrding being listened to, it distracts from learning those lines from the first show. Old scripts, concerns about getting our stuff to Israel, remembering lines, ‘do we need to bring more lights?’. The issues leading up to mounting a show in another country and continent. […]
Blog post by Almost Human Alec on our new project, music video After the Thaw. “It began with windmills, even before that with rotation. Before that there was a simple chord finger picked half languidly, half tight; a wooden automaton or windmill. Next comes the chill yearning of the voice- ‘Take me home’.” The director sits up in bed. He had always wanted to make a music video. He remembers the music video channels at some of his friends’ houses. The ones who had had cable or satellite. (They were the ones who could watch wrestling.) He tries to remember […]
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Review published May 26, 2015 by Rosa Irwin Clark Suddenly the whole of Barnstaple becomes a stage; the people the performers, the architecture and scenery, the set. It feels electric. Four audience members gather outside the Queen’s theatre and are met by volunteers who assign us a role: The Archaeologist, The Tourist, The Local and the Flaneur. I opt for the Archaeologist (I’m told it’s an active role). We have a bit of trouble getting the track to play in sync but once we begin it is immediately exciting. The softly spoken voiceover guide has a soothing European accent. She […]
Discover Barnstaple in a totally new light and take a journey of discovery Rosanna Rothery finds out about a Fringe TheatreFest show that will make you see Barnstaple in wild, wacky and wonderful ways SOFTLY in my ear, her voice directs me into Butchers Row. She tells me to pause and listen to its hustle and bustle, smell its distinctive pungent odours and look anew at its arched shop fronts. Lyrical words and music flow into my headphones. It’s strangely calming, a little mysterious. I’m on an adventure. I’m excited. I’m looking at Barnstaple in a fresh way – it […]
Photography by Robin Pugh. Dante Undone 14/03/2015, Home for Waifs and Strays, Birmingham.
“Hi. This is a site-specific performance. A love letter to the town. That means you will be walking, and in this case, on your own. But dont worry, I will stay with you. Now follow me. We need to find the other. ” Together is our tailor made site-specific performance at the Barnstaple Theatrefest. By using a set-up as simple as an audio tour, the town is transformed into a playful and dreamlike place that calls for constant interaction and engagement. Will you be the Archeologist, the Tourist, the Local or the Flâneur? Pick and play your part during this unique […]
London (Sprint Festival) and Birmingham (Home for Waifs and Strays) performances of Dante Undone, March 2015.