Monday 14 November 2016

WHERE FROM HERE: Full Symposium Schedule

After a great deal of discussing and planning, we're nearly there. WHERE FROM HERE: 21 Years of Third Angel is this Thursday, 17 November, at Leeds Beckett University's Headingley Campus, in partnership with Compass Live Art.

There's still a few places available - you can book here.

Here's the full line up...

Where From Here: 21 Years of Third Angel
Beckett Studios, Headingley Campus, Leeds Beckett University

All sessions are in Beckett Studio 1 unless otherwise stated.

Film / Installation – Ongoing (Beckett 1 Foyer)
Third Angel Film Museum
Aletia M Badenhorst – Emballage

Registration and Tea & Coffee (9.30am – 10.15am)

Prologue (10.15am – 10.30am)
Small Celebrations:
RashDash There Were Goddesses

Opening remarks by Oliver Bray, Hannah Nicklin and Third Angel

Act One: Audiences and Journeys (10.30am – 12pm)
Small Celebrations:
Hannah Butterfield Oenomel

Alexander Kelly
Telling other people’s stories

Kirsty Surgey
‘If the suit fits…’ Intertextual objects in Third Angel’s Cape Wrath

Jocelyn Spence
Between Cape Wrath and Class of ‘76

Lunch (12pm – 2pm, Beckett 1 Foyer)
Durational Performances (12pm – 2pm)
Gillian Dyson
Table (Beckett Studio 2)

Gillian Jane Lees and Adam York Gregory
Tangent (Beckett Studio 3)

Act Two: Objects and Words (2pm – 3.45pm)
Small Celebrations:
Massive Owl The Dolphin Hotel

Michael Pinchbeck and Linford Butler,
‘Building the room’: Remembering Third Angel’s Presumption

Andrew Jeffrey and Abi Goodman
‘Moss Valley Fieldwork’: towards a poetic for non-human animal encounters

Jodean Sumner
Strategies towards Reflexive Performance: Collecting and Performing Fakes

Caroline Horton and Dr Jacqueline Taylor
‘Rearrangements’: articulating and encountering alternative forms

Tea & Coffee (3.45pm – 4.15pm)

Act Three: Stories and Pictures (4.15pm – 6pm)
Small Celebrations:
Third Angel Popcorn

Christopher Hall
Making Popcorn

Oliver Bray
Third Angel: A Secret Journey

Henry Raby
Words + Pictures

Rachael Walton
The Umbrella Theory

Epilogue (6pm – 6.30pm)
Small Celebrations:
Action Hero The Third Angel Annexe

Closing remarks by Oliver Bray, Hannah Nicklin, Michael Pinchbeck and Third Angel

Post-show – Wine (6.30pm onwards)
Chris Thorpe

People On Fire, People In Love

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Future Makers: the future is now!


If you're aged 14-19, live in the Sheffield area and have a keen interest in theatre or film (or both) FUTURE MAKERS is for you!

International touring theatre company Third Angel and award-winning film professionals have teamed up to offer taster workshops and practical advice on careers in theatre and film.

Running in the school holidays, FUTURE MAKERS is absolutely free and open to anybody between 14-19 years with an active interest in the arts.  Each full day workshop focuses on one area of theatre or film. We'll cut through the jargon, give each workshop a strong practical element to give you an idea of what it's like in the real world, and provide advice on how to get into either of these industries.

You can attend one workshop or more, and you need to apply to secure your place.

Autumn half term
Tuesday 25th October – Acting – From Auditions to Agents.
Wednesday 26th October – Introduction to working in Film

Spring half term
Tuesday 21st February – Theatre Design/Art Direction for Film
Wednesday 22nd February – Adventures in Sound.

Easter Holidays
Tuesday 11th April – Writing for Film and Television 
Wednesday 12th April – Creating a Theatre Company

Summer half term
Tuesday 30th May – Behind the camera
Wednesday 31st May – How do I become a director?

There are only twenty places on each workshop and we expect commitment and hard work.

Most of the workshops will take place at The Crucible Theatre, in Sheffield.

If you have any questions about FUTURE MAKERS please contact Rachael Walton on 
this email address or call her: 07971 242388

Friday 7 October 2016

Where From Here Symposium Line Up

Where From Here: 21 Years of Third Angel
A one day Symposium hosted by Leeds Beckett University and Compass Live Art
Headingley Campus, Leeds
Thursday 17 November, 10am - 6.30pm (followed by drinks)
FREE - but advanced book advised: click here.

We are delighted to announce the line up for Where From Here, our 21st anniversary symposium.
The day's papers will reflect on the past, present and future of Third Angel, and explore the territory of work we have inhabited and influenced over the years, from making live art, durational performances and video art through to our theatre making practice and collaborations with other artists. It's also a chance celebrate Third Angel's longevity and place this into context in the current political, economic and artistic climate.
The programme for the day includes performances, short films, presentations and papers; it will be of interest to performance academics, teachers and students, plus audience members interested in finding out more about the work. We're thinking of it as something in between a symposium and a one-day festival. So we are very pleased that with the support of Leeds Beckett University's School of Film, Music and Performing Arts, the Symposium is free to attend.
The final line up is still being confirmed, but we are very pleased that Where From Here will feature contributions, presentations and performances from artists and academics including:
  • Aletia M Badenhorst
  • Oliver Bray
  • Gillian Dyson 
  • Lucy Ellinson 
  • Christopher Hall
  • Caroline Horton & Dr Jacqueline Taylor
  • Andrew Jeffrey
  • Alexander Kelly
  • Gillian Jane Lees & Adam York Gregory
  • Dr Hannah Nicklin
  • Michael Pinchbeck & Linford Butler
  • Henry Raby
  • Jodean Sumner
  • Dr Jocelyn Spence
  • Kirsty Surgey
  • Chris Thorpe
  • Rachael Walton

Plus the premiere of The Small Celebrations, new video works by:
  • Action Hero
  • Hannah Butterfield
  • Massive Owl
  • RashDash
  • Third Angel
The full schedule will be announced later in October. 
Where From Here: 21 Years of Third Angel is convened by Oliver Bray, Alexander Kelly, Michael Pinchbeck and Hannah Nicklin. Compass Festival of Live Art runs 11-20 November 2016.
Image: Rachael Walton in Where From Here (2000), photographed by Rob Hardy.

Thursday 29 September 2016

The Desire Paths in Sheffield

This weekend we will be out in Tudor Square, in front of the Crucible Theatre, drawing a giant map of the city centre renaming the streets of Sheffield.

As research for this, we’ve been reading The Sheffield Street Names Study Guide* by Mary Walton. It’s a really engaging tour of the city and the origins of its street names.
“Between the two roads ran several lanes, jennels, alleys and yards. A lane will admit some traffic; an alley has front doors in it; a jennel runs between the side walls of buildings; but a yard is a weird and wonderful thing.”
It’s full of great detail, from the brilliant fact that Bridge Street used to be called simply Under-The-Water because it used to flood a lot, to stuff you didn’t realise you were aware of until it’s pointed out to you: “Gate means street and Bar means gate.” (You can download it here).

It also confirms something we do all know. City centre streets were often named after a direction of travel (London Road), after the builder’s or landowner families, to commemorate military victories, or to indicate the activity or industry that they led to, what was made there. A street was known for one activity.

Street names were instructions as to what is made there, where they’ll take you, or they commemorate events from the past. But who gets to choose what events, which people, are honoured in the street names of a city?

Of course now the streets are busier, cities throng with pedestrians, and all of those people in the streets carry different hopes and dreams for their lives. Whilst there might not be as much manufacturing apparent in the streets of the city these days, there are plenty of new industries out there. And in the hearts and minds that travel along those streets, we are making the future.

So on Saturday that’s what we’re doing: commemorating the future. Renaming the streets of Sheffield after the hopes, dreams and ambitions of the people who live in them.

We hope you can come and join us.** And if you’re not in Sheffield follow our progress on Twitter and Instagram at #DesirePaths.

Third Angel presents
The Desire Paths
10am – 6pm on Saturday 1 October
(map left out until 4pm Sunday 2nd)
Tudor Square, Sheffield
Commissioned by Sheffield Year of Making

Created/produced/performed by
Hannah Butterfield
Lucy Ellinson
Hilary Foster
Nicki Hobday
Liz Johnson
Gillian Lees
Alexander Kelly
Stacey Sampson
Rachael Walton
Bethany Wells
Ellie Whittaker

With documentation by
Joseph Priestly.

With thanks to everyone at Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Delicatessen.

*published by and © Sheffield Libraries Archives and Information.
First Published in 1977. Reformatted and additional images added 2011.
Download it here:

**we’re providing rain cover, so come take shelter with us.

Thursday 4 August 2016

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: 600 People and more

Photo by Ed Collier.

I’m on the train home from the Edinburgh Fringe and it’s only just started.

Later in the month I’ll be back to perform 600People at Summerhall as part of the Northern Stage programme there at 2.45pm, 18-27th (not 24th) (this is a booking link – clicky).

If you’ve read this blog before, or if you follow me/Third Angel on Twitter, you might know that 600 People has grown over the last three years from a 10 minute story, to a 30 minute spoken word piece, to a ‘full-length’ (= 65 minutes) show.

It’s been performed in quite a few different contexts already – spoken word nights, research event conferences, kinda-cabaret nights, and in theatres. But only ever for one or two shows in a week. I’m really looking forward to running it for a week and a half (it goes to Greenbelt straight after the Fringe - clicky) and properly getting a hold of the rhythm of it. I’m looking forward to talking to people about it afterwards.

It's a simple show about big ideas, and whilst it is about galactic exploration, extra terrestrial civilisations and the evolution of the entire human race, it's also (it feels to me) one of the most personal pieces I've performed. At least one reviewer has asked if it’s theatre (and then concluded it is, but I think it’s a fair question). It is a bit lecture-y, a bit stand-up-y, a bit story-telling-y. Rachael, directing, has brought more theatre to it, and more clarity as to who (me or astrophysicist Dr. Simon Goodwin) is saying what. Narratively it tells the ‘story’ of a few meetings I’ve had with Simon in Sheffield; the story of the Voyager space programme, and, er, the story of the evolution of the entire human race. And it asks what the next stage of that evolution might be.

But at its heart, it’s about faith, and what we (choose to?) believe. About our capacity to believe in Something Else Out There, something else other than ourselves. I’m pretty sure it’s funny in parts; I think it finds emotion in the science; I hope it’s optimistic.

Photo by Niall Coffey

But that’s in the future for now. I’m on the way *back* from Edinburgh because we’ve just opened Hannah Nicklin’s Equations For A Moving Body at the Fringe, also at Summerhall as part of the Northern Stage programme (11am everyday except Wednesdays until 27 August - linky). Opening at the Fringe with a press show does seem like a risky strategy (doesn’t seem, is), and I wrote about that last year (here). But, just 8 hours later, with the first review and several tweets already online, it looks like it was a risk worth taking. Hannah really rose to the occasion this morning, and produced the best performance of the show I’ve seen. If you’re in Edinburgh for the Fringe, do come start your theatre day with us.

I got to see a few other shows in this brief visit, and can happily recommend:
> Sh!t Theatre’s Letters To Windsor House – a portrait of life in the rental sector that is a reality for many, but hardly reflected in the media – very funny and performed with a brilliantly irreverent energy.
> Jenna Watt’s Faslane which takes a genuinely open and exploratory approach to the personal (and familial) complexities of the Trident debate.
> Unfolding Theatre’s Putting The Band Back Together (full disclosure – I am sometime mentor of Unfolding, but haven’t been part of the making of this show) which is a joyous and (I found) desperately sad reflection on our dreams and the few short years life gives us. (Which might not sound like a recommendation, but it really is).

Also on my list – for what it’s worth – when I’m back later in the month:
Joan by Milk Presents
Labels by Worklight Theatre
Mortal by Bridget Christie
Anything That Gives Off Light by The TEAM and National Theatre of Scotland (International Festival)
Blow Off by Julia Taudevin
Heads Up by Kieran Hurley
Nina Conti’s In Your Face
Child's Play by Kalon
The reading of the entirety of the Chilcot Report (if it's still going when I'm back)
and performing in BLANK by Nassim Soleimanpour on 26 August.

I’ll miss Daniel by Footprint, but I saw a work-in-progress in Sheffield and can definitely recommend. I'll also miss most of Forest Fringe, and of course it's worth just heading over there any day. But Action Hero's Watch Me Fall will be (is) brilliant of course, and I'm particularly sorry to miss Deborah Pearson's History History History.


Right, that's it for now. I've got four bars of Mrs Tilly's Scottish Fudge (not Tablet - top tip), that should last me until I'm back.