For months, the BBC’s Ben Anderson hung out around the glittering, insane towers springing up in Dubai trying to infiltrate the community of expatriate workers who are putting them up. What he found when he finally got in was that the jewel of the Arab world is almost entirely built upon imported slave labor.
Spring Tour 2016
Platform, Glasgow – Fri 19th Feb, 7pm and Sat 20th Feb, 2pm
Bishop Auckland Town Hall – Wed 24 Feb, 7.30pm
The Customs House, South Shields – Fri 26 & Sat 27 Feb, 8pm
ARC Stockton Arts Centre – Wed 2 & Thur 3 Mar, 7pm
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre – Fri 4 Mar, 7.30pm
Saltburn Community Theatre – Sat 5 Mar, 7.30pm
Alnwick Playhouse – Tue 8 Mar, 7.30pm
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham – Wed 9 Mar, 7.30pm
Arts Centre Washington – Thur 10 & Fri 11 Mar, 7.30pm
Seaton Delaval Arts Centre – Sat 12 Mar, 7.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre – Wed 16 Mar, 7.30pm
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – Fri 18 – Sat 19 Mar, 7.30pm
Shoreditch Town Hall, London -Tue 26 – Sat 30 Apr, 7.30pm
HOME, Manchester – Thu 5 – Sat 7 May, 7.30pm
The Civic, Barnsley – Thu 12 May, 7.30pm
Following the London premiere of Stowaway at Shoreditch Town Hall, Analogue will host a free post show talk. See below for details:
Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: What is the role of arts in bearing witness?
Jade Jackson worked as a sports reporter on Television and Radio, national and local papers. Her twin sister, father and other family members were killed by government soldiers and, with her life in danger, arrived in the UK as a refugee in July 2001. She is a member of the Medical Foundation’s Write To Life group and published her first collection of poetry, Moving A Country, in 2013, edited by Lucy Popescu and supported by Tom Green of Platforma at Counterpoint Arts. She has also performed work at the Battersea Arts Centre and Tate galleries. Jade has been a volunteer at the Refugee Council since 2004 – She enjoys her work and works among people who are very supportive and like the family she has lost. Her story is featured in the Migrant Resource Centre exhibition My Journey at Shoreditch Town Hall.
Ashvin Devasundaram is currently completing his Doctoral thesis on the socio-ideological impact of new independent Indian cinema at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has worked as a documentary filmmaker with Channel 4, producing and directing an independent short film ‘Crossing the Bridge’, which was screened at BAFTA, in London. Ashvin recently won the Edinburgh University Literary Award 2012. He has presented papers and chaired panels at several film studies conferences in the UK, Europe and India. His research interests include Postcolonialism, Politics and Migration, Film Philosophy and World Cinema. His forthcoming publications include an essay on the theme of ‘reverse migration’ in the film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.
Hala Georges is a Syrian artist born in Damascus in 1985. She has studied and worked as an artist for the last ten years, living and working in London and Kent. Having completed a Masters in Visual Communication, she is now pursing her Doctorate research in Video Art and her project addresses the current Syrian conflict from a personal perspective. Hala has exhibited many solo and collective exhibitions both within the UK and abroad. She has also published some of her creative writing, such as “Graphical Reality: Renovating Visual Figures” in 2011 and “Khas Jidan” a poetry book in 2010, which was the winning entry in the Young Arabic Poets award in 2011. Currently Hala is teaching Graphic Design and Video Art at UCA University for Creative Arts-Canterbury. Her recent creative focus has been on short films, one of which “From Rochester with love” was selected for the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge and “Damascene Moon” which was selected for the Poetry Film Festival 2014 held in Bristol. http://halageorges.wix.com/halageorges
Steven Rae on behalf of Ice&Fire, an arts organization exploring human rights stories through performance. Founded in 2003 by Sonja Linden, the company sees theatre as the natural medium to communicate stories that make real and relevant the impact of human rights issues on our everyday lives. Through active involvement with human rights themes they creatively respond to key issues affecting society and the world beyond. The company was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award in 2011. Steven has worked with Ice&fire as a performer and has recently been programmer and director of Ice and Fire’s ‘Actors for Human Rights’ Scottish events. Through their ‘Actors for Human Rights” outreach programme they put on readings of verbatim scripts taken from interviews with people who have had their basic human rights compromised, challenged and abused. The aim is to give a voice to those who have previously been unheard, creating an opportunity to have their story communicated to a broader audience through the performance of these documentary plays. Many of these voices are those of refugees, asylum seekers and those whose lives have been affected by their migration to these shores and their deportation from them. Performances have been programmed as part of open days, award ceremonies, various festivals, fundraising events, talks and seminars. They have been commissioned by a variety of organisations and charities; the Red Cross, Amnesty international, The Medical Foundation, the Refugee Council and Oxfam to name but a few.
This is an Analogue post-show event in collaboration with the Migrant Resource Centre, with contributions from Counterpoint Arts. As a show inspired by multiple stories and voices, it was always our intention that Stowaway be part of a wider engagement programme, where audiences have the opportunity to hear from some of the people who have experience and expertise in the issues raised in the show.
We are enormously grateful to all the panelists for taking part, and to a range of people who have contributed to making this event happen. We have included their names below, along with links to their organisations for further information…
Tom Green at Counterpoint Arts; Emily Churchill Zaraa at Migrants Resources Centre; Christine Bacon at Ice&Fire; James at the British Red Cross; Nick, James, Laura and everyone at Shoreditch Town Hall
“I accept that it is a huge question whether or not you can write outside of your own culture. I’m always doing it, because if you are writing a state-of-England play now, you are going to have to write lines for, say, a second-generation Pakistani and a new immigrant Somali. Otherwise, no one would be able to write about the whole nation.”
Richard Bean interview with Mark Lawson in The Guardian, 1st October 2015
After opening the show at the very brilliant New Wolsey Studio in Ipswich, Stowaway is on its way around the South East (and a little beyond) over the coming weeks so do make sure you catch it.
Next stop is Corby tomorrow night (23 September) as mentioned in Lyn Gardner’s Blog today in the Guardian. Followed by…
24 September – South Hill Park, Bracknell
25 September – Olivier Theatre, Bedales, Petersfield
30 September – Frensham Heights, Farnham, Surrey
4 October – Brighton Dome Studio, Brighton – with Post show discussion
8 October – South Street, Reading
9 / 10 October – Shoreditch Town Hall, London – Alongside My Journey exhibition organised by the Migrant Resource Centre
11 October – The North Wall, Oxford
Would be great to see you there!
My Journey: Stories of London Migrants
An Interactive Exhibition
They make up 40% of the population of London, and everyone seems to be talking about them. But what do the capital’s migrants say about themselves?
My Journey showcases the work of London migrants from all over the world, who use a range of media to tell their personal stories, including experiences of immigration detention and homelessness, the triumph of settling in, and candid observations about London life.
Visitors are invited to browse comic strips, listen to audio stories, watch short films and view medium format, tintype and digital photographs produced by the group.
The exhibition coincides with the London premier of Stowaway by the critically acclaimed Analogue Theatre on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th October, which tells the story of a man from India who finds himself far from home and adrift from everything he knows (ticketed):
My Journey is run by Migrants Resource Centre and funded by City Bridge Trust.
Saturday 4th October: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 5th: 1pm – 8pm
6th – 10th: 10am – 8pm
My Journey blog: www.my-journey.org.uk
Exhibition Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1483702791878723/
Twitter: @migrantsmrc #myjourney
Contact Emily Churchill Zaraa:
EmilyCZ@migrants.org.uk / 020 7834 2505 ex 208 (Monday, Tuesday, Friday)
Emily Churchill Zaraa
Empowerment & Communications Officer (Monday, Tuesday and Friday)
For a number of years we have been lucky enough to be an associate company of Farnham Maltings and with that relationship has come many fantastic opportunities. Funnily enough, however, it can be the small benefits of an associate relationship which can make all the difference. In our blog on the Farnham Maltings website, we talk about the support we get from the simple act of meeting up, especially ahead of our next stage show, Stowaway…
On 23 June, we undertook a ‘Wizard of Oz’ test of our new installation piece, Transports; a pilot project funded by a Wellcome Trust Small Arts Award to explore simulated first-hand experiences of neurological subjects (for this pilot, we are investigating how the symptoms of tremor and slurred speech impact on the lives of those living with Young-onset Parkinson’s disease).
‘Wizard of Oz’ testing is an inexpensive method of evaluating an audience experience that will involve technology, without the technology being present (instead using make-shift materials, and exposing the ‘wizard behind the curtain’). We regularly use this method in our R&D’s as a cost-effective way of evaluating interactive experiences before taking the plunge and investing our hard earned budget in hardware that we later might discover may or may not be fit for purpose.
Below are some images of our co-director Hannah testing the work…
We tested the experience with a wooden proto-type of the case and a vibrating glove built by Max Humphries (which induces tremor in the audience’s right hand), a pair of cheap headphones, some props we’d borrowed and our Production Manager Helen’s iPad mini (with a rough draft of the P.O.V. video from our storyboard uploaded onto it that Hannah and I had filmed in advance using the camera on an iPhone 5). Pieces of string are attached to different devices to stand in for cables that will eventually be present to see how they influence or inhibit the audience’s movement.
Each member of the team had an opportunity to go through the experience and we began gathering some initial critical feedback. Questions began to emerge; how intuitive are the interactions between audience, video and props? How clear is it for the audience member that the ‘game’ is to copy the actions they see the hand undertake in the video? What level of instruction will the experience need and how best do we distribute these cues to the participant (via what modality; aural, visual etc.)? What is an appropriate pace for the movement of the hand seen in the video to allow the participant time to follow it? etc. This is the first phase of evaluating the experience so we have captured detailed records of our team’s responses which will feed into the next stages of development. We will then go through a similar process with a more advanced proto-type in late July, this time testing the work with a panel of test audiences assembled by Parkinson’s UK. We hope to learn from this testing more about the sensations that the experience triggers for the audience, how authentically the representation of tremor in a young Parkinson’s is captured , what productive applications an experience like this might have etc. We are in the process of designing the feedback process to capture our audience feedback (through questionnaires, vox pops etc.).
We are now planning the Transports filming day to capture the video content for the tablet device, which will take place on 28 June at Shoreditch Town Hall. We will then capture voice-over recordings separately with our sound designer Tom Wilson on 30 June.
Julian Harley has been helping us to problem solve what technological setup we might use to distribute video and audio content from a Raspberry Pi computer to the audience. We have been questioning how different content will be triggered (e.g. how does the audience start the video? How might the computer trigger the glove to tremor at a designated point in the video footage? etc.)
We tested a head-cam created by our video designer Alex Markham (kindly modeled by Helen below!) – this camera will be mounted onto one of the actors for the filming day, who will be both actor and camera-man (having considered many different options this is the best way to capture the P.O.V. footage we need). The weight of the camera makes our head-cam front heavy, so Alex has attached counterweights to the back to balance the weight more evenly. I will stand outside of the experience and issue instructions to the actor (Chris Woodley) who will be wearing an earpiece. Meanwhile another actor will be voicing the character’s dialogue (Matt Tait) via a separate mic. setup in the space – so it will take a minimum of three people to construct the illusion of ‘Andrew’, our protagonist in the film. The other character’s in the film will be played by Alex Maher and Corey Stuckey with an assembled group of fake wedding guests who are kindly giving up their afternoon to be extras.
Thanks for reading – there will be more R&D updates to follow after the filming day this Saturday.
We are currently looking for an experienced Technical Stage Manager for our production of STOWAWAY for a South East tour in Autumn 2014.
ABOUT THE SHOW
‘Stowaway’ is inspired by the tragic true-life story of a body found in a DIY superstore car park. It belonged to a man who fell from the sky. He had stowed away in the wheel-arch of a commercial airliner in an apparent attempt to escape his home in India for a new life in the UK.
The show is being made in the South East of England for an initial 3-week tour in Autumn 2014, prior to potential London and Edinburgh runs and further national touring in 2015/16.
DATES OF ENGAGEMENT
Dates span: 25th August – 12th October (7 weeks)
w/c 25th August – rehearsals, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
w/c 1st September – rehearsals, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
w/c 8th September – rehearsals, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
w/c 15th September – tech week, New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich and 2x performances
w/c 22nd September – dates in Corby, Bracknell and Petersfield
w/c 29th September – dates in Farnham and Brighton
w/c 6th October – dates at Reading, London and Oxford
We are looking for a TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER to work with us as a key member of the team, who will be required to be the main technical team member on the road during the touring period. The TSM will need a good working knowledge of lighting and sound and have some re-lighting experience, as well as experience of working in the rehearsal room. Duties will include running get-ins and get-outs at tour venues, operating the show and driving the company van.
The ideal person will have:
– Experience of working on new work projects.
– Experience of supporting artists during the creative process.
– Experience of UK touring on a small scale.
– Experience of being the main technical contact for our show and taking on a role combining various areas of stage management / technical management / relighting.
The ideal person will also:
– Be confident and unflappable; organized and efficient.
– Be supportive and sensitive to the creative process.
– Be flexible to change and challenges, and strive to make ambitious things happen.
The fee for this role is £450 pw, for 7x full weeks, plus per diems, travel and accommodation for the tech and touring period.
To apply for the role, please send your CV with a brief cover note and any relevant information, to Ric Watts by 10am, Friday 20th 11th July 2014. Please contact us with any additional questions.
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