Post Volt


Photo credit: Paul Blakemore & Ausform

It’s been nearly three weeks since Volt, and now that the dust has settled I’m sifting through the remains to write the evaluation report for the Arts Council!

Going through all the videos, photos and diary posts has reminded me what a roller coaster ride the process was, and how pleased I am with the end result! There’s still plenty of work to be done before I can take the finished piece on the road, but thanks to Volt audience feedback I now know which direction to take it in.

I also recently received the fantastic video of the process, made by Joshua Wakely. You can take a look here.

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One day to go…

It’s the day before Volt. At 5pm. 27 hours till standing in front of a sea of (hopefully friendly) faces. The costume, small though it is, is ready. Props are gathered and tested waiting to be packed in the car and Seamus Mark (3), seems to be pretty cool about the whole thing…

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Words words words

I’m surprised to say that for an aerial puppetry piece I’m using a lot of words! I’ve a script and everything, which this afternoon I will diligently learn whilst practising delivering the punch lines.

It’s almost a week till Volt and I have a rough piece in front of me. With some more rehearsal it should at the very least give you an essence of the piece and at the most leave you wiping away poignant tears through your laughter! No pressure there.

Here’s a taster of what this week has looked like with cameos from Jo Munton and Jimmy Whiteaker, and Giles Bennett’s insightful photography…

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Puppet remodelling
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Photo by Giles W Bennett

The Amazing Outside Eye that is Jimmy Whiteaker

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Here’s the new show structure. Had an amazingly great day with Jimmy exploring what material I have, what’s at the heart of it and how it links. These nice bits of coloured paper are the result…don’t zoom in or you’ll ruin the suprise.

I’ve still plenty to crack on with before showing this to anyone but I wanted to document how chuffed I am with what we have created today and so incredibly grateful to Jimmy for his amazing mind! He has really understood what I’m trying to communicate and brought it all together. His Outside Eye should be legendary.

Back to work….

October has arrived!

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It’s incredible how quickly time has flown by, and already it is the 1st October! We are now in ‘distributing flyers’ stage and considering what will be staged at Volt in 13 days!

This week has been tumultuous…Jo delivered the new puppet strong enough to hold my weight. He may be able to hold mine but I’m struggling with his! I’ve also been working with Jimmy Whiteaker who’s asked some really important questions and we’re working to boil the piece down to its bones then stick the meat back on. Or some similar metaphor! Which all means that right now I have no idea what I’ll show you at Volt. Still 4 days left in the rehearsal space so still plenty to play for.

I’m the meantime, here are some pictures:

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Greater than the sum of its parts (Day 5)

Lyn Routledge

Lyn found an exciting way of adapting the trapeze as well as finding great ways Seamus and I can interact whilst in the air!

Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres

Alex and Seamus made great friends! I can’t wait for everyone to hear Alex’s beautiful and inspired composition.

I am so grateful for everyone who has worked with me this week, Giles, Lyn and Alex as well as input from Jimmy (Whiteaker), they have all brought such amazing energy, enthusiasm and expertise! I also feel very lucky that everyone has been excited about rigging, design, costume and theatre as well as their individual specialities, and it is down to their contributions that the piece is starting to take shape.

Here is what happens when I’m left to my own devices…Me dancing around.