I haven't heard from you in so long. I miss you so so much. The past few days have been massive! We did another showing! This one was entirely different to the one at the castle studio.
In every way.
The space looked like this:
It was so full-on. Colours everywhere, a massive banner, mismatched everything. But very cosy. Just completely different atmosphere to the clean, crisp Mime Centrum.
In three days we reflected on the Mime Centrum showing, projected to the show we wish to make for the Brotfabrik sessions and devised a site specific work.
We decided to settle on the story of The Seagull, focussing specifically on the four lovers: Konstantin, Nina, Arkadina and Trigorin. We also committed to exploring further the qualities of performance we found at the castle.
What are the qualities of a storytelling?
How can we free the audience and actors' imagination in the way we cast the play?
How can we fill the gaps of the story we aren't performing?
How can storytelling and performance be paralleled, staggered and mashed together?
The show at Spandau was an exploration of the first act, without restricting ourselves to the forms we will be using in the Brotfabrik showings. It reminded me of the work my group did in TakuRua at school. Very naturalistic and cinematic with surrealist layering. We turned the space into a green room for the play-within-the-play in Act One of The Seagull.
I'm going to leave you for five minutes so I can write another blog about what we're doing at Brotfabrik. Stay strong, Newtown, I love you.