Not a Séance @ Manchester University

I was in Manchester working for TiPP teaching drama students who are studying Applied Theatre. They are all going to do a project in a prison, so it made sense for them to see an example of something that had been performed in a prison. A few Manchester based folk came along too and we had an audience of around twenty-five in the studio at The Martin Harris Centre on Thursday 2nd October. Here are the public potatoes from the performance.

I particularly enjoyed the questions in this performance, which  included queries about the potato’s South American origins and concerns about my relationship with the potatoes and possible dependency issues. A piece of feedback that I really valued was from Janet Batsleer, who is Principal Lecturer in Youth and Community work at MMU, who said that she enjoyed that the piece was “affectionate and kind”.

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Not a Séance @ The Marlborough and The University of Brighton

Here are two more pictures from the performance at The Marlborough Theatre and the first ones from Friday’s performance at The University. The two very differing contexts led of course to completely different shows.

I was lucky enough to have two audience members who experienced both. One thought that Wednesday was much better for atmosphere, and the other who found Friday more intriguing in a less raucous atmosphere.

 

 

 

The Morning After

Very happy with last night’s show at The Marlborough. Had an audience of forty one people and it was definitely the least serious performance I have done. It felt like a comedy show in lots of ways and I had immense fun responding to the audience. I was also happy with my three flavours of crisp communion which was a last minute addition.

Second performance is tomorrow at 7pm, Grand Parade, University of Brighton.

Final feedback before tonight’s show.

Potato Seance:
It was good to watch her preformance and nice to see her do her performance to us, although it was a bit wierd to start off with i found it interesting.
I would pay to watch her performance even though i felt a little bit nervous in the performance. I thought the actress was really convincing in her performance and thought that it was a very good performance.
I filmed Katie do the potato challenge.  I enjoyed seeing it first time that Katie done with the potato and I enjoyed it.
the wierd thing about the potato seance is i thought it was stupid at first. but it made me think about somethin i saw on t.v ……it said that plants interact wiv each other……so whos to say that potatoes dont have soulsssss……..? and the other thing me an some one i was sat next to both pictured an onion ! an wrote the same thing on the potatoe ……………………………………some spooky shiiiiteeee rite ther
i dont know if its real
I’d be on my way to the hospital
I seen a lot of spuds but i’m not on about potatoes
kate is nuts shes like a mum
i wouldnt have volunteered
thers some mad shit out ther homessss
As an outsider watching the potato seance video for the first time, the performance seems really interesting— building relationships with the potatos helped everyone reflect on themselves. 
Quite an interactive performance that got full participation.  It also allowed people to think through things in their lives in a reflective way.

I am feeling a little nervous about tonight’s performance of Not a Séance so it was lovely to have a look at The Men’s Room tumblr rebelswithoutapplause and find out that they had done a feedback session on the performance I did with them back in August. I love all of this feedback, its all really honest and I think I might be able to guess who said what!. Big thanks to everyone at The Men’s Room. Here’s the feedback:

It was good to watch her preformance and nice to see her do her performance to us, although it was a bit wierd to start off with i found it interesting.

I would pay to watch her performance even though i felt a little bit nervous in the performance. I thought the actress was really convincing in her performance and thought that it was a very good performance.

I filmed Katie do the potato challenge.  I enjoyed seeing it first time that Katie done with the potato and I enjoyed it.

the wierd thing about the potato seance is i thought it was stupid at first. but it made me think about somethin i saw on t.v ……it said that plants interact wiv each other……so whos to say that potatoes dont have soulsssss……..? and the other thing me an some one i was sat next to both pictured an onion ! an wrote the same thing on the potatoe ……………………………………some spooky shiiiiteeee rite ther

i dont know if its real

I’d be on my way to the hospital

I seen a lot of spuds but i’m not on about potatoes

kate is nuts shes like a mum

i wouldnt have volunteered

thers some mad shit out ther homessss

As an outsider watching the potato seance video for the first time, the performance seems really interesting— building relationships with the potatos helped everyone reflect on themselves. 

Quite an interactive performance that got full participation.  It also allowed people to think through things in their lives in a reflective way.

Multiples of Me

 On Friday Alex Cooke, who is Artistic Director of Little Fish Theatre, met with me and gave me lots of feedback on my video of Not a Séance at The Men’s Room.

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His analysis and questions were really valuable in getting me to really think about what I am doing with the performance and I am going to spend next week puzzling and experimenting with some of the material in the show and ask myself some further questions.

The feedback that has stayed with me the most was his analysis of the different roles I play in the piece. Earlier on in the day I had been helping Ryan McKelvey move and sort through many bags of compost for his performance Dirty History and he sent me this photograph of me in a lift.

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So multiples of me was a theme for the day. The three roles that Alex saw were:

1.moment-to-moment facilitator, 2. Meaning  maker 3. Performer/persona.

At the moment in the piece the facilitator part of me comes right to the forefront any time I feel slightly nervous or am not sure what to do. I am sure this is because i have spent so much of my professional life in this role, its my default position. I need to really engage with the performer/persona part of me and makes sure she is present throughout.