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  • New Directions Showcase Festival 2012 feedback

    The NRTF showcase event New Directions was a great success attracting 44 touring scheme representatives.  NRTF offers voluntary promoter bursaries and the majority of the touring schemes bought one or more voluntary promoters along with them. In total 32 voluntary promoters attended the 2 day event and feedback so far has been very positive.

    Joanne Lole (Warwickshire): “I was totally enthralled by all of the professional performances…and impressed with the diverse collection of theatre; the one man performance from Inua Ellam was beautifully poetic in word and motion whilst the vividly portrayed tale of The Bloody Ballad was both disturbing and riveting. I eagerly await the opportunity to see the [full] performances, particularly the talented cheeky Ponydancers...”

    Alison Miller (Derbyshire): “I felt transported into another world which thrives on imagination, inspiration and ‘oozes’ confidence. From the moment the event began, it struck me how friendly everyone was. People were willing to share their experiences whether they be arts directors, promoters or on the production side. Overall I saw the two day event as a huge learning opportunity for all involved.”

    Richard Benfield (Derbyshire): “This showcase event has definitely broadened my outlook for bringing professional shows to our village. I can now propose to our committee a more diverse type of performance plus the prospect of using alternative spaces around the parish. Doing this brings extra risk but I am hoping that the scheme providers can assist with this.”

    A full evaluation of the project is underway and results will be posted in due course but in the mean time Live & Local published a lovely blog that sums it all up very well.


  • New Directions Showcase Festival 2012: The Whale, outside all day!

    Talking Birds presents The Whale

    The Whale is a gentle giant made in metal which swallows audiences one (or two) at a time for an unforgettable 3 minute theatre performance. Prepare to dive!

    Suitable for all ages 6+ and fully accessible for wheelchair users.

    Enter the jaws of a giant silver whale to be serenaded by a lovesick submariner, and you might leave with a gift from the sea. A three-minute journey for one adventurer at a time (or two if you’re shy).

  • More performances revealed for the New Direction Showcase Festival 2012

    10:15 Group B and 12:15 Group A Studio 2 x 30 minute extracts

    Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals – Kid Carpet (Extract: 30 min)


    A New Rock & Roll Musical For Kids (and adults)

    Ed Patrick – Creator, Writer and Performer
    Katie Sykes – Designer
    Chris Collier – Lighting and Sound
    Mike Akers – Dramaturg
    Will Bishop Stephens – Animation
    Co-creators – Hannah Broadway, Will Bishop, Lisa Yardley
    Oliver Postgate meets The Beastie Boys!
    Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals take to the road to present a rock and roll, theatre extravaganza for children.
    Kid Carpet has garnered himself an international reputation as a pioneer of catchy, lo-fi electro-pop music for nearly 10 years. Having released 4 albums, toured with acts like Arcade Fire and worked with cult film director Alex Cox, the much-loved musician now turns his hand to live theatre.
    Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals is a pop adventure that stretches across the nation. Join us in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Oxford and many more places to get on down. Follow, gorilla, bear, hedgehog and badger, as they make friends, cause mischief, contemplate the world and finally rock out at the grand dance contest. This lively and entertaining show contains a unique mix of live music, theatre, comedy and animation. The tracks include the addictive A Bear On A Boat In The Bath, Doing a Poo in the Forest, and Getting To The Good Bit (Really Good Bit).
    “I have a two-year old and have found myself quite naturally developing a range of songs about crossing the road, going up the stairs, eating yoghurt and going to sleep. I wanted to use these as a basis to try and put together some kind of performance / theatre / rock show / cinema amalgamation, which would be much more than just a music gig for kids.”

    Kid Carpet (Ed Patrick)
    “Kid Carpet has created a fresh, funny and engaging show that is quite unlike anything I have seen before. I loved the work-in-progress of The Noisy Animals and I can’t wait to see them again.”
    Ali Robertson, Artistic Director of Tobacco Factory Theatre
    Suitable for ages 3+
    Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals is supported by Theatre Bristol and the Tobacco Factory Theatre’s SITE initiative.

  • New Directions Showcase Festival 2012

    This is one of 3 choices at 18:30 on Saturday 16th June

    Poland 3 Iran 2 – 30 Bird Productions (70 mins)
    30 Bird productions presents: Poland 3 Iran 2 a collaboration between Seyf and Dobrowolski

    In 1976, the best ever Polish football team played against the best ever Iranian football team in the Montreal Olympics. Such a clash of talent led to a memorable game with Poland edging to a 3-2 win.

    Join Seyf and Dobrowolski in the bar for a whistle stop tour of monumental historic events and bizarre personal confessions. Armed only with a Power Point they discuss football, revolution, swimming, love and Subbuteo aided by footage from the match and stills from their family photo albums.

    Grab a pint, sit back and enjoy.

    “A wry and charming slice of history, a must for anyone who’s ever traced back a family tree or idolised a footballer” Three weeks ****

    “A beautiful exploration of boyhood, of family eccentricities, of migration, of political resistance, and a father son relationship.” Total Theatre

    Next choice:

    The Oh Fuck Moment – Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe (70 mins)
    Here are several reasons why you might choose to see this show!

    Image by: Martin Figura
    You just fucked up. Now what? Sometimes, fuck-ups are so massive, there’s no way back.  In this Fringe First winning show, poet Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe examine the poetic guts of mistakes in a bundle of words and strip lighting. Fucking up is the truest, funniest, most terrifying moment you can experience. You will make a mistake, maybe you’ll learn from it. ‘The oh fuck moment’ is a conversation around a desk for brave souls to hold their hands up and admit they fucked up, or for people to laugh at us because we did.

    You should probably see ‘The oh fuck moment’ if you’ve ever stood on a rake.
    Or accidentally made your party cocktails with bleach.
    Or locked yourself in a shed.
    Or been caught cheating.
    Or followed your inclination to experiment and ended up in A+E with a traumatic wanking injury.
    Or crashed a plane.
    Or set fire to yourself.
    Or been responsible for someone’s death.
    Or watched someone die.
    Or fallen awkwardly.
    Or fallen awkwardly on a rake.
    Or fallen awkwardly while flying a plane.
    Or put your tongue in the wrong person’s mouth.
    Or put your tongue in what you thought was the right person’s mouth and it turned out to be the wrong person’s mouth.
    Or got really angry because someone told you a story about a horse.
    Or pressed the button that had the sign next to it saying:
    Even if that button was a metaphorical one, and the thing that blew up was your life.
    Or if you hit ‘reply all’ and told them all just what you thought of them.
    Or if you’ve ever been in charge of a nuclear power station. Or a room full of toddlers. Or a government.
    Or just come if it was absolutely, positively your fault, and there’s no point trying to explain, or apologise, or any of that stuff that usually makes it better. Or at least a bit less disastrous.
    Or if you’ve done none of these things. Because someone has. In fact, WE have. And we’d like to tell you about it, because one day, probably, you’ll do them too.

    Oh, and come if you like poems. And talking. Because the show has both of those things. And fucking up. Poems, talking and fucking up.

    And here’s the next one to choose from:

    It’s Like He’s Knocking – Leo Kay (60 mins)
    “Telling it how it is even when you don’t quite know how it was.”
    A stripped back performance incorporating story telling, dance theatre and Afro Brazilian percussion set in the intimacy of a bed-sit.  This new promenade adaptation for larger spaces transports you through a collage of moments from the lives of three generations of men, exploring ritual, ideas ancestry and the magic of coincidence.

    Drink a toast to loved ones, bet on some cards and close your eyes to remember you past.  As Leo’s story unfolds; so in turn does your own.
    “A slow-burning, uniquely intimate addition to the interactive theatre phenomenon sweeping this year’s festivals.” The List, Edinburgh (****)

    “An utterly engaging, original and moving performance.” Audience response (Manchester)