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

Members of The Paradise Project team have other shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, too, all of which are well worth checking out:

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

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

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.