Adapting Witchfinder as a purely audio performance has been a new experience for the entire creative team. Our recent rehearsal workshops at DanceEast in Ipswich alongside community theatre company Unscene Suffolk were testament to this; taking each of us on an unexpected journey of refocusing, re-learning and really listening. “Witchfinder has evolved because of theContinue reading “Out of adversity, a truly extraordinary few days”
In May/June 2021 thanks to the support of Arts Council England and DanceEast we were able to invest some serious time and expertise in exploring a temporary new direction for Witchfinder. The restrictions placed on singing and live performance had inspired the company to develop the piece as an audio performance, incorporating foley sound collectionContinue reading “Developing a Soundworld”
We are thrilled to have been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.
This month we were thrilled to hear that we have been awarded funding from Arts Council England for the next stage of our project; to develop Witchfinder as an immersive audio recorded performance. To help us on this stage of our journey we have enlisted the expertise of Unscene Suffolk, a community theatre company forContinue reading “Witchfinder Soundworld”
When making site-specific work, often the setting, building and context has such an impact that it almost becomes another character in the story you are telling. The most successful performances use this, and the venue’s unique physical, architectural and historical features as an integrated part of the creative work, leaving an audience as intimately entwinedContinue reading “Walpole Old Chapel”
This project took life again as the world was in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the creative team had not worked in the same physical space as other artists for 9 months by the time of our residency at Walpole Old Chapel. A lot of us had experienced cancellation and postponement ofContinue reading “Making music theatre in a pandemic”
One of our community partners for Witchfinder is Unscene Suffolk, a community theatre company for visually impaired adults. During the residency we made a short audio-described film to introduce each cast member and character from the show.
Finally we managed it – in Dec 2020 our rescheduled residency at Walpole Old Chapel went ahead within the smallest of windows between COVID-19 lockdowns. During this time, the UK was in a complex regional tier system, and although most of our cast and team members were local to Suffolk, a small proportion were travellingContinue reading “R + D at Walpole Old Chapel December 2020”
“If we can feel the energy on a zoom, imagine it in person!” Today should have been the first day of our residency at Walpole Old Chapel, which annoyingly had to be postponed due to Lockdown 2.0. Not to be undone, we marked the occasion with an online read through of Witchfinder with (almost) allContinue reading “First Read Through”
Witchfinder began its life in 2013 as The Witchfinder Project: combining the ideas of three Suffolk artists; composer Amy Mallett, choreographer Sarah Alexander, and graphic novelist Emile Warnes (images by Emile can be seen below). The show, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, was devised in a series ofContinue reading “Where it began”