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”.
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.
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.
So, it is exactly one week till Not a Séance at The Marlborough Theatre. Here I am with my poster outside the theatre. My poster is the one on the right, I am not Roy Orbison or Del Shannon.
You can listen to a little taster of the show: potato magic and here are some of the potatoes from yesterday’s first performance with music.
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.
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.
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.
Steve who has been working with me on music for Not a Séance accompanied me on a late night potato burying mission to record the sounds of digging and the potatoes going into the earth.
As he edited the sounds later he definitely felt the effects of potato magic.