Monthly Archives: June 2017

Bears

Powder Keg, winners of the Royal Exchange’s 2016 Hodgkiss Award designed to support the realisation of a brand new piece of ambitious theatre by an exceptional artist or company in the North of England, bring Bears to the Royal Exchange Studio. We want people to see a piece that is about climate change without it… Continue Reading →

How far should audience interaction go (or I hate dancing in public)?

In the light of Operation Black Antler from Blast Theory/Hydrocracker I’ve had a nagging thought.  What responsibility does a theatre company have to its audience in terms of the extent to which they need to interact? In live performance, some activities are optional and to some extent there are rules.  You don’t sit on the… Continue Reading →

Operation Black Antler

There was a moment in Operation Black Antler (from Blast Theory/Hydrocracker and HOME) where I and one of my undercover team finally get an introduction to one of the key people in the operation we are trying to infiltrate.  It’s been hard work persuading our contact to believe that we are sufficiently committed to their… Continue Reading →

Persuasion (with dancing)

Anne lies face down on top of two massive blue rectangular slabs separated by a thin yellow strip of light. Around the edge sits a circle of  speakers, professional lighting, trailing wires – a club, a gig, a theatre performance? Actors emerge from the audience. Towards the end of the first half, Frank Ocean’s Super… Continue Reading →