In 2010 Third Angel turns 15. We're not sure exactly when, because we're not sure exactly when the company was born. Certainly in the summer of 1995 there was a conversation in a shared house in Withington in Manchester, where Rachael was studying for her PGCE, about making a piece of work together. Then by the time that the poster for that show, Testcard, went to the printer's (early September?), we had the company name.
So at some point in 2010, we're fifteen. Before that we're celebrating another anniversary - 10 years since Class of '76, 'Version 2', was performed in Chuckery Infant School Hall - "on the spot where the photograph was taken," in May 2000. Class of '76 'Version 3.1' (as seen at Forest Fringe last August) will open at Northern Stage on 4 & 5 February, tour through into March, and then go out again in May. Full details of the first leg are on the newspage now, here. I know we've said it before, but these really will be the last UK performances of this version of the show. Most performances will be followed by post-show discussions, so if you do come along please stick around afterwards for a chat. More on this 10th Anniversary production soon, no doubt.
We'll also be showing Words & Pictures again in the first half of this year - slightly revised and updated - at Prema Art Centre, the National Review of Live Art (celebrating it's 30th Anniversary with an amazing line-up we are proud to be a part of) and Sheffield Theatres' Forge Festival.
There will also be a Sheffield screening of A Perfect Circle, as part of The Sheffield Pavilion at The Showroom Cinema on 2 February at 6pm.
However, we are also making a new work this year: What I Heard About The World is a collaboration with the excellent mala vaodora (Lisboa), our good friend Chris Thorpe (who worked with us on Presumption, Parts For Machines That Do Things amongst others) and worldmapper.org. We are delighted that this piece will be a co-production with Sheffield Theatres, Teatro Maria Matos (Lisboa) and the Pazz Performing Arts Festival (Oldenburg).
We'll be showing work-in-progress versions of this piece at Pazz in April and Forge in May, and the show will premiere in Sheffield in the autumn before transferring to Lisboa. We'll be asking for help researching this project, looking for true stories of fake things, so watch this space.
So, Happy New Year, and more on all of the above soon.