Thursday, 9 July 2015

The Paradise Project at the Edinburgh Fringe


Third Angel & mala voadora present
8 – 30 August 2015 (not Weds 12, 19 or 26)

Every day they come in and try again.

The Paradise Project is a show rebuilt - slightly differently - each time it is presented. Of all the shows we’ve made, perhaps this is the one where the process, form and subject matter all seem to intertwine the most.

Two companies create a show about two people whose job, it appears, is to come up with a better way for people to live together. A better way to be people, together. Some days they make progress. Some days they make new discoveries. Some days it all falls apart. But every day, or so it seems, they come in and try again.

   photo: José Carlos Duarte

I say ‘so it seems’, because it feels (to me, at least) like we discovered these two people doing this job, and, as a collective of two companies, we then began to figure out the rules of their task. Each time we revisit them, it feels like we learn something new about them, and their endless work. As we constructed their environment in Warwick Arts Centre back in February, sound designer Ivan Mack and I began to wonder if there weren’t actually many of these rooms, with many pairs of humans, trying to figure out a new set of rules to live by.

Each time we build a new Paradise Project (so far, anyway), it is a different combination of performers. Although there isn’t a defined female role or a male role, so far there has always been a man and a woman.

 photo: José Carlos Duarte

For our Edinburgh construction, I am delighted to announce that The Paradise Project will be constructed by Stacey Sampson and Jerry Killick. We have worked with Jerry a number of times over the years, going back to Where From Here in 2000, and he joined the Project at Warwick Arts Centre in February. Stacey we are currently working with on the next incarnation of Labour Intensive. We’re really excited to see how they do this job together.

You can read more about the making of The Paradise Project on this blog, and in an article in Contemporary Theatre Review

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Members of The Paradise Project team have other shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, too, all of which are well worth checking out:
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Performed by
Jerry Killick & Stacey Sampson
                       
Conceived, devised and written by
Jorge Andrade, José Capela, Alexander Kelly, Chris Thorpe and Rachael Walton

In collaboration with
Tânia Alves, David Cabecinha, Fernando Villas-Boas and Lucy Ellinson

With creative input from
Hannah Butterfield and Mark Maughan

Scenography
José Capela with image editing by António MV and Tiago Pinhal Costa

Lighting Design
Eduardo Abdála
 and James Harrison

Sound Design
Ivan MackRui Lima & Sérgio Martins

Technical Manager
Craig Davidson

Technical Intern
Michael Gooch

Video Documentation
Jorge Jácome

Publicity Design
du.st

Production & Management:
Manuel Poças, Joana Santos and Vânia Rodrigues (mala voadora)
Dep Arts and Hilary Foster (Third Angel)

With special thanks to:
Renske Doorenspleet, Steve Fuller, Peter Marshall, Maria Do Mar Pereira, Ian Stewart, Nathaniel Tkacz and Emilie Whitaker; Daniel Pinheiro; Daniel Worm d'Assumpção; Prado; Matt Burman, Paul Warwick, Ed Collier; Sheffield Theatres; all of the staff at Teatro Maria Matos and Warwick Arts Centre.

A co-production with Warwick Arts Centre, Maria Matos Teatro Municipal and House on Fire, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Supported by Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Largo Residências and Caixas Baratas.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Sectretario de Estado da Cultura and DG Artes.

#theparadiseproject

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Leeds Library Residency

In July we’re in residence in Leeds Library as part of the WordPlay project. Some time ago we decided to call the residency Cause & Effect, thinking we would be developing ideas towards a project with that name. But as sometimes happens, the ‘thing that needs to be made next’ has shifted. We had such a good time making the one-off verbatim piece Labour Intensive earlier this year, and we came away feeling we had only begun to scratch the surface of this idea.

So we’ll be picking that theme up for this residency, using the Library’s resources: books and people. We’ll be continuing our interviews, and there are plenty of opportunities to visit the process. the full ‘call out’ is below. If you’re in Leeds in July do come in and see us.


BIRTH STORIES

Are you a Mother, Father, Sibling,
Obstetrician, Midwife or Doula?

Would you like to share your experiences of 
birth, either personal or professional?

Sheffield based theatre company Third Angel are creating a performance exploring peoples’ experiences of birth. This piece will be based on real life birth stories and we are looking for people willing to share their experiences.

We will be resident in Leeds Library Art Space from Monday 6 – Tuesday 14th developing ideas for the show. You can drop in and see us, or get in touch to arrange a particular time to visit.

Whether your birth story was a personal drama, or if it’s something you see everyday.  Whether you gave birth quietly at home in a birth pool or are part of a surgical team on call.  Whether you are community midwife or a dad who had to quickly change into scrubs, a doula or a consultant, we would love to hear from you.

Any information you share will be treated with the upmost discretion and should any of your information be used in the final performance it will be anonymous.

Leeds Library Art Space Timetable
11am – 2pm, Monday 6 – Thursday 9th  July
Drop in and see us to find out more about our research, share your story if you wish.

Tuesday 7th July, 5.30pm
Dads’ Discussion Group
If you’re a Dad of any age, we’d love to hear your experiences, thoughts and feelings about your own birth experience. Drop in and see us, share your story, hear others.

Tuesday 14th July, 5.30pm
Performance & Talk
Come and see a short performance of material we have been developing in response to our research, and hear more about the project.

If you would like to share your birth experience, but would like to arrange a different time to talk to us, please email Rachael Walton (rachael [at] thirdangel.co.uk), Alex Kelly (alex [at] thirdangel.co.uk) or Stacey Sampson (staceyksampson [at] hotmail.co.uk).
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Thursday, 11 June 2015

We're hiring!

If you're a regular visitor to this blog, you may have noticed that we're pretty busy. In fact, I'd go as far as to say we punch above our weight, productivity wise, for a company of 3 people, all working part time.

You may also have noticed that we do our best to support those starting out in the industry. It's something we feel pretty strongly about. We all benefit from the next generation getting the chance learn, to find their thing, to be their best.

So, in a nifty 'two birds, one stone' manoeuvre, we're looking for our very first Administration and Production Trainee. It's an 11 month paid post, working with me, Hilary, Manager of all things General, to run the company and support the creative team.

The job pack and application form are here to download. Closing date is Monday 22 June. If you have any questions, please give me a call on 0114 201 3875 or email hilary@thirdangel.co.uk. And please do share far and wide. I'm (genuinely) looking forward to reading an enormous pile of application forms from the people who'll be running the sector in ten years time.

Oh, and before you apply, it might be a good idea to check this earlier blog post, in which I get a bit ranty about attention to detail and being really clear about what you want.


Friday, 15 May 2015

On Editing, Paradise and Presumption

"In an edit suite at the Northern Media School, Sheffield, there are two pieces of paper stuck on the wall. On one of them is written the phrase:
IF IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT OUT.
And on another:
IF YOU CAN’T WIN, LEAVE IT IN.
This is 1994, and I am studying film and video editing as part of my post-graduate course in Film and TV production. I had applied to direct, but all of the directing places were full, and although I had a lot of experience of working with actors, I didn’t have much filming experience, and so they offered me a place as an editor. I was a bit pissed off about their reasoning at the time, but retrospectively, I’m really pleased that I got to train as an editor."

I have a new article in the new edition of Contemporary Theatre Review. It is happily nestled in the backpages section alongside work by Hannah Silva and Maddy Costa (to name but two). And, it's free to download. You can read it here.
I was invited to reflect on the way Third Angel edit our work during the devising process, so I was making notes towards that idea during the making of The Paradise Project in November last year. I was also thinking about how one realisation can allow lots of pending decisions to fall into place, and so wanted to write about Presumption, too. And inevitably, when it comes to editing, I wanted to write about being taught film editing by Derek Ingliss at the Northern Media School.
Thanks to Carl Lavery and Caridad Svich for commissioning the piece.


Friday, 1 May 2015

SONGMAP: A Gift For GIFT



This weekend is GIFT (Gateshead International Festival of Theatre) weekend. We have had some fantastic times at GIFT: showing our work, sharing workshops, experiencing other artists' work. We are proud to have shown work at every incarnation of this great festival.
This year it's a ‪#‎GIFTGathering‬. Here is our ‪#‎GIFTforGIFT‬, our short film, SONGMAP, made with/for Arab Strap's The First Big Weekend, available to watch for free for this weekend only!

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Programme Notes on the making of Songmap are here:
http://thirdangeluk.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/mixtape-songmap.html

Songmap features The First Big Weekend by Arab Strap. 
Words and music by Malcolm Middleton and Aidan Moffat. 
Courtesy of Chemikal Underground.

Live performance devised and performed by Alexander Kelly and Rachael Walton.
Film version directed and edited by Christopher Hall.
Additional camerawork by Alexander Unwin.

Songmap is Third Angel's contribution to Unlimited Theatre's Mixtape project. www.unlimited.org.uk

The film is available online for 3 days, 1-3 May 2015, as a #GiftForGIFT.

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Supported by Leeds Met Studio Theatre, Off The Shelf Festival of Words & Sheffield Hallam University.
Special thanks to Stewart Henderson, Malcolm Middleton and Aidan Moffat.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

March, April, May Tour Dates

Update! June performances:


"a masterclass in experimentation with theatrical form" The Public Reviews


photo: Marcus Sarko

Tuesday 2 & Wednesday 3 June, 7.30pm
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
01434 652477

Thursday 4 June, 7.30pm
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre
01429 890000


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As I mentioned in the last post, it's going to be a busy year. Normal blogging will resume soon, but 'til then, here's more tour dates and new show news... The Life & Loves of a Nobody tours in March and May, Cape Wrath tours in April, and amidst all that we're making a new piece about experiences of birth, Labour Intensive, for Derby Theatre in April... details below.

MARCH

Third Angel & Sheffield Theatres present
photo: Futt Futt Futt Photography
                                                                                                                    
"the visual payoff [is] sublime... It is well worth getting to know Rachel, whoever she is" The Guardian

"really beguiles... full of beautifully intimate moments that stick in the mind for long after the lights come up" Exeunt Magazine

"artistic, fearless and delicate...a beautifully crafted, innovative piece of contemporary art, commenting on the collective desperation to be a “somebody” evident in our society that alters our perceptions of success and happiness."  The Upcoming

"Imaginatively stark...brilliantly thought out." LondonTheatre1.com

UK 2015 Tour, Part 2

13 March
Hull Truck Theatre
01482 323638

14 March
Prema Arts Centre, Uley
01453 860703

22 March
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax
01422 349422

25 March
Cast, Doncaster
01302 303 959

26 & 27 March
The Lowry, Salford
0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com



APRIL

Third Angel presents
LABOUR INTENSIVE


Friday 17 April, 8pm
Derby Theatre
01332 593939

We've been talking to people in the birth business: Mothers, Fathers, Siblings, Midwives and Obstetricians, in a quest to understand more about the amazing physical feat that is giving birth.

From the terrible hospital food to the tender words whispered to take away the pain, the near death experiences to the love a first cry can bring, it’s all laid bare in this show, as our average family takes you through some extraordinary tales of truly remarkable events.

Labour Intensive was commissioned by the University of Derby and Professor Susan Hogan and is part of The BirthProject a two year research project looking at how various art forms can explore the experiences of birth and mutual recovery.


Third Angel presents
CAPE WRATH

photo: Elliot Roberts

"the most wonderful story...a joy to be part of...a master story teller." getreading.co.uk

"This enchanting ride" Exeunt

"a must see." The Skinny

Scotsman HOT SHOW 2013


Saturday 18 April, 11am & 2pm
Alnwick Playhouse
01665 510785

Sunday 19 April, 2pm & 4pm
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
01434 652477

Monday 20 April, 6pm & 8pm
The Customs House, South Shields
0191 454 1234

Tuesday 21 April, 6pm & 8pm
Arts Centre Washington
(performances take place on Roker Seafront – Marine Walk)
0191 219 3455
(and that's the 100th performance of Cape Wrath...)

Thursday 23 April
ARC Stockton
schools/colleges/community groups, not on public sale

Friday 24 April
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre
schools/colleges/community groups, not on public sale

Saturday 25 April, 1pm & 3pm
Bishop Auckland Town Hall
03000 269 524

Sunday 26 April, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
Saltburn Community Theatre
01287 624997

Wednesday 29 April
Seaton Delaval Arts Centre
schools/colleges/community groups, not on public sale

MAY


"a masterclass in experimentation with theatrical form" The Public Reviews


photo: Marcus Sarko
UK 2015 Tour part 3

Saturday 2 May, 7.30pm
Saltburn Community Theatre
01287 624997

Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 May, 7.30pm
ARC Stockton
01642 525199

Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 May, 8pm
The Customs House, South Shields
0191 454 1234

Wednesday 13 May, 7.30pm
Alnwick Playhouse
01665 510785

Sunday 17 May, 7pm
Seaton Delaval Arts Centre
0191 237 5460

Monday 18 May, 7.30pm
Bishop Auckland Town Hall
03000 269 524

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 May, 7.30pm
Arts Centre Washington
0191 219 3455

Tuesday 2 & Wednesday 3 June, 7.30pm
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
01434 652477

Thursday 4 & Friday 5 June, 7.30pm
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre
01429 890000

And then it'll be the summer!

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The Life & Loves of a Nobody is produced by Dep Arts. It is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Cape Wrath is supported by Leeds Beckett University, ARC Stockton, Northern Stage and by a private donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Welcome to 2015

So, 2015. There you are. Hello.

It's going to be busy. 2014 was a big year - 2015 will be bigger, I think, in many ways. But for now this is just about what Third Angel is up to - in the first half of the year, anyway. We're touring four existing shows:

    > The Life & Loves of a Nobody tours in the UK from January to May.
    > The Paradise Project has its UK premiere at Warwick Arts Centre in February.
    > What I Heard About the World tours to Brussels and the USA in January and March.
    > Cape Wrath goes out on the road in the UK again in April.

and developing two more:

    > Labour Intensive will premiere at The Birth Project symposium in Derby in April.
    > and we're developing an expanded version of 600 People with astro-physicist Dr. Simon Goodwin.

We'll also be undertaking education residencies in Leeds, Scarborough and Sheffield, as well as mentoring exciting new projects by our good friends Hannah Nicklin and Daniel Bye.

I'll post updates about the new projects separately in the weeks to come, but scroll down for tour dates and booking links...


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Third Angel & Sheffield Theatres present
The Life & Loves of A Nobody

photo: Marcus Sarko
Rachel always wanted to be a star
Rachel wanted to run away with the circus
And have her name in lights
And escape from this house
And she dreamed of the future.

But people can be ugly. The closer they are the uglier they get. And there’s nobody closer to yourself than yourself.

Life is a juggling act. Love is a highwire. Try to do both at once, and it's a long way down. But even if the act goes wrong, you can still be famous for the fall.
                                                                                                                    
"the visual payoff [is] sublime... It is well worth getting to know Rachel, whoever she is" The Guardian

"really beguiles... full of beautifully intimate moments that stick in the mind for long after the lights come up" Exeunt Magazine

After the success of the 2014 performances, The Life & Loves of a Nobody is out on the road for much of the first half of 2015. We hope you can join us:

27 January
Live at LICA
Lancaster
Box Office 01524 594151

3 – 7 February
The Albany
Deptford
Box Office 020 8692 4446

12 February
Warwick Arts Centre
Box Office 024 7652 4524

13 March
Hull Truck Theatre
Box Office 01482 323638

14 March
Prema
Box Office 01453 860703

22 March
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts
Halifax
Box Office 01422 349422

25 March
Cast
Doncaster
Box Office 01302 303 959

26 & 27 March
The Lowry
Box Office 0843 208 6000

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Third Angel & mala voadora present
The Paradise Project / Projeto Paraiso
A co-production with Teatro Maria Matos 
& Warwick Arts Centre

photo: José Carlos Duarte
Imagine a place better than where you are.

Every day they come in and try again. They try to figure out how to live together. They try to find a place to be. They start to build something that will never be completed - at least, not within their own life times. 

And every day it works. Or it doesn't. Well, it depends how you measure it.

So today - today they will try something different.

The Paradise Project is full of wit, intelligence and humanity. Join Third Angel (Sheffield) & mala voadora (Lisbon) for a show about following instructions, inventing your own rules and keeping trying. 

UK Premiere
10 & 11 February
Warwick Arts Centre
Box Office 024 7652 4524

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Third Angel & mala voadora present
What I Heard About the World
A co-production with Teatro Maria Matos 
& Sheffield Theatres


A theatre piece with two songs, one original, one karaoke.

Nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Innovation.

"Wonderful" The Guardian

"A fiery show that provokes and unsettles with striking, often brutal storytelling. Amazing." Fringe Biscuit

this gorgeous piece of theatre...makes you think about the world, makes you laugh about the world, makes you glad to be part of the world in all its madness.
Total Theatre Review

a reminder of the best and worst of human behaviour, by turns hilarious and moving
Daily Telegraph

21 & 22 January
Théâtre 140
Brussels

13 & 14 March
The Kennedy Center
Washington DC

...which will be the 100th performance of the show!*

*update...due to unforseen circumstances, the matinee at Théâtre 140 had to be cancelled, so the Washington performances will be 98 and 99...

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The Life & Loves of a Nobody and The Paradise Project are produced by Dep Arts.

The Life & Loves of a Nobody is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

The Paradise Project is a Triggered@Warwick project and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Sectretario de Estado da Cultura, DG Artes and House on Fire, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

What I Heard About the World is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and co-produced with Worldmapper and PAZZ Festival.