Sparks Might Fly - Ghost Papers
Working with researcher Dr Janice Norwood and choreographer, Julia Cheng from Kolesk Dance, the piece will focus on the careers of two actresses, Alice Marriott and Julia Seaman. Janice Norwood:
'When we met at the one-day creative workshop for researchers and artists, Julia and I soon discovered that we shared an interest in uncovering the past and were enthusiastic about exploring women’s histories in particular. Initial discussions with Julia were fascinating and proved really valuable is making me think about my research in new ways. It quickly became obvious that both Julia and I found visual images of the actresses and theatrical ephemera (playbills, posters and adverts) could be useful as prompts to energise ideas. At the end of a couple of hours of discussion, Julia performed an unrehearsed interpretive dance starting from the image of the actress playing Hamlet and holding Yorick’s skull. For me, one of the most powerful and moving moments was when she translated information we’d discussed about the women’s performances into physical gestures representing the projection of their voices. What had begun as text was re-emerging in a somatic response: sparks were definitely beginning to fly.'
In 2007 I produced in collaboration with Stephen Tiplady’s company Indefinite Articles, a national tour of Claytime. It combined improvised storytelling with clay sculpture making. At the heart of it lay the imaginations of its young audience.
In 2008 in partnership with Oily Cart I co-produced Pool Piece an innovative and poignant piece for young people with complex disabilities. Set in the hydro pools that exist in so many special schools the piece was visually and acoustically stunning inspiring the young participants to take giant steps into the pool and giant steps in their personal development. As Lyn Gardner said 'Watching the children's responses to Pool Piece, it is clear that Oily Cart's work is testament to the fact that theatre created with a strong aesthetic and high artistic values can also have tangible other benefits. A silent, unresponsive child suddenly whoops with delight; another moves her eyes to follow both sound and light.'