A residency on board ONCA Barge as part of Brighton Fringe 2021. The History Bois brought together artwork, installation and performance by E.M. Parry, workshops from Leah Kirby AKA Cyro and me, and my first go at a live poetry improvisation piece entitled A Lucky Resurrection. This piece used tarot cards prompts to generate poetic texts exploring moments from the lives of Mary Frith and Charlotte Charke, written directly onto the windows of ONCA Barge. See my Instagram account to read them all.
On March 30, a group of women and non-binary folk from Through the Door took over the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Bringing a mix of drag, impro and good-humoured chaos, we performed to a packed house in honour of the spirit of Moll Frith, aka Mary Frith, Mal Cutpurse or Mary Markham.
This was the first stage of development, so I’m really hoping Moll will be back on stage again soon.
The Kings: Angela Clerkin, Mal Content, Wesley Dykes, Sigi Moonlight, Bae Sharam… and Moll Frith
The Improvisers: Deni Francis, Cassandra Hercules, Serin Ibrahim, Susan Kempster, Leah Kirby, Madeleine Moore, Sophie Trott.
Photos by Anna Crisp, and thanks to Shakespeare’s Globe for supporting Moll and the Future Kings, and letting us loose on the world.
Created and directed by Angela Clerkin (Clerkinworks) and supported by Improbable, and now Shakespeare’s Globe, Through the Door is a series of improvisation workshops for women & non-binary folk, exploring impro in theatre, comedy, storytelling, devising, making and writing. We will experiment with being heroes and villains – putting our own stories centre stage. Oh, and practice being confident and generous as we fuck up. Now is the time to find out what happens when we step through the door…
More details over at Improbable.
Watch this space for some very exciting performance news!
Fleet Footing is now live! Go download the album and map, get your headphones and walking boots on, and go find that river..
I’m so excited about this new project with composer Catherine Kontz. It’s been brewing for a few years, and we are extra-pleased to be funded by the PRSF Women Make Music award, Hinrichsen Foundation, and supported by Tête à Tête – launching as part of their Opera Festival 2018.
The project is an audio dream guiding you along the lost River Fleet, from its source on Hampstead Heath to where it meets the Thames at Blackfriars. There’s text (both spoken and sung), binaural recording, found sound and music, as well as small performative actions that the listener can choose to take part in whilst they walk the route.
Print artist Rowanne Anderson (Rowan Tree Print) has made us a beautiful map to help people find their way and show them where the listening points are.
A multi-sensory opera for people who can hear and people who can’t.
Annie is an astronomer. She knows all about time and space, but she isn’t so sure about life and death. And she’s just gone deaf.
Inspired by the life of astronomer Annie Jump-Cannon, I worked with composer Stephen Bentley-Klein to create a new kind of opera that finds new ways of communicating and engaging with sound and music. The opera had it’s first outing at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2012, and a further iteration was performed at the Greenbelt Festival 2014.
We worked with D/deaf and hearing practitioners to ingrate BSL, captioning, sensory installations, missing live sound through water and other techniques to speak to hearing audiences about the experience of deafness, and to interpret sound into other sensory experiences for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.
More information about the piece can be found HERE.
Bringing together musicians and songwriters Jo Silverstone and Jeannie Skelly, writer, performance-maker and sound artist Sarah Grange, scenographer and visual artist Ellan Parry, and dancer-choreographer / live art practitioner Janine Fletcher, Sundogs is a cross-disciplinary adventure into artistic terra incognita.
Our first project is Snowblind. Part music gig, part installation, part dance, part theatre, Snowblind is a voyage into multi-disciplinary story-telling and cross-practise collaboration. Wrapping together tales of Arctic exploration and heroic folly, Snowblind uses song, sound art, ice sculpture, scenography, script and movement to investigate a place to which we are all far more connected – and responsible – than we might realise.
Expect glacial meltwater, haunting song-scapes, flying ships, up-close interaction, extreme feats of physical endurance and conversations with the ghosts of walruses…
Inspired by the centuries of doomed attempts to find the North-West passage through the Arctic, we will embark on our own voyage, from the Journey of St Brendan to the Franklin Expedition, through the sub-zero, subconscious and subliminal.
Looking at a fragile landscape that preserves whilst itself disappearing, we’ll map out absence, loss, perseverance and myth. We are Lady Jane Franklin’s last rescue mission.