As the blurb runs on the ShadowStage website, why don’t you ‘come and experience the joy of shadow-play at our FREE Interactive ShadowArt Installation: 8-16 October 2011, 10am-10pm’, all in the Odeon Wimbledon foyer.
With music from Todd J Hendricks and some flash editing by Charles-Antoine Hennegrave, it’s been quite a process to see my short story squirt out from hard-drive to torch-beam to full-on installation. Consider this an invitation to pop along if you’re in the SW19 area for a 4-minute view – treat yourself to a play with the enplinthed telephone and flashlights too. Popcorn nearby.
These photos are stills taken from workshops and give a good impression of the sort of scenes and tone that’ll be involved. I can confirm that my phone and noble profile (below) will not require their individual winnebagi when Cannes rings.
Photographs courtesy of André Stefano
Yesterday I met for a workshop with ShadowStage - the UK’s only professional company dedicated to contemporary shadow theatre. Taking place near Green Park in a blacked-out basement, the company comprised of director Leon Conrad, performers Paula and Natasha and puppetmaker Scott (and his marionette Mr. Gao). Within the first hour all involved were rolling silently on the floor with adapted torches, flicking irises and thumbing pools of light. In sum: there are worse ways to spend a morning.
In the afternoon we experimented adapting my story ‘Hang-Ups’ for a short film featuring shadow theatre techniques. The possibilities afforded by the cast shadows – the silhouettes of coiled wire, giant telephone receivers blending with the human form where perspective folded into itself in strangely liquid surges – helped enliven parts of the piece that I had previously considered a little weak and brought pace and emphasis to points that lagged. Thanks to the company’s know-how and inventiveness, just by using paper, lamps and our bodies I think we have the makings of something that’ll deliver delicacy and clout in good measure without my home phone suffering too much in the process.
With a couple more workshops still to go, I’m excited to see what more I can learn about this kind of stagecraft and the whole process of juicing text into physical (let alone lambent) productions. More to come on this project soon, I hope.
FURTHER UPDATE: Confirmation from Odeon Wimbledon has come in regarding the ‘Hang Ups’ project, so all being well the installation is confirmed to be staged in October – ‘rrah.
A list of some work, to be updated as and when the chance arrives.
- ‘Deadwood’, Revenant (forthcoming)
- ‘And Back Again’, Structo (Issue 12, 2014)
- ‘Spins’, The White Review (April 2014)
- ‘Scutiform’, Visual Verse (November 2013)
- ‘Spines’, Ambit (Issue 214, 2013)
- ‘Fears and Confessions of an Ortolan Chef’, Belleville Park Pages (No. 10, October 2013)
- ‘Sketch’, Annexe Introducing (Vol. 2, Summer 2013)
- ‘Untyping’, The White Review (No. 8, Summer 2013)
- Participant in Annexe Magazine’s collaborative project ‘Singing the Necessaries’, XZ#1 (Annexe, Spring 2013)
- ‘Sprechstimme [Minutes of a Meeting]‘, praxis (February 2013)
- ‘Hang-Ups’, Annexe (September, 2012)
- ‘Moonlighting’, The South Circular (Issue 1, 2012)
- ‘Of Seeping and Draining’, Ambit (Issue 205, 2011)
- ‘Synaesthete, Would Like To Meet‘, Night and Day (Issue 3: States of Mind, 2011)
- ‘Concision’, London School of Journalism’s Microfiction Competition (Autumn 2011)
- ‘Platform’ featured on Prospect magazine website as a winner in the Franco-British Council 2011 short-story prize.
- ‘Channel Light Vessel Automatic’, featured on the audio magazine 4’33”
- ‘Memorandum’, Chemical Imbalances (Issue 6, Spring 2011)
- ‘Search Terms’, Chemical Imbalances (Issue 3, Autumn 2010).
- ‘Search Terms’ also published as hyperlinked fiction at www.searchterms.tumblr.com
- ‘Terms’, Bedford Sq. 4 anthology (John Murray, 2010)
- ‘Platform’, Pi Magazine, UCL student newspaper (n.b. different to same-titled story mentioned above)
- ‘China Shop’, ‘Stopping and Starting’ and ‘Clarity’ included in Mays 16 anthology (Varsity Publications, 2008), also available on Google Books
- ‘Concentrating, When One Ought Not’ featured by The Poetry School’s online CAMPUS as part of Dream Mechanics, convened by Tom Chivers (Summer 2014)
- Hackney Citizen poetry competition, 2011 (‘Cusp‘)
- Christopher Tower poetry prize, 2005 (‘Gravity‘)
- ‘Writer’s Block’, The Dial (Spring, 2010)
- ‘With Hands On Wheels’ available on The Literateur literary journal
- Composed and performed ‘Changelings’ with Nick Murray, alongside Emily Berry & John Clegg, Vahni Capildeo & Jeremy Noel-Tod, Kirsty Irving & Harry Man, and Tim Atkins & Jeff Hilson as part of SJ Fowler‘s Auld Enemies project (July 2014)
- Closet drama ‘Embark’ longlisted for the Creative Responses to Modernism Competition, Centre for Modern Literature and Culture (May 2014)
- Live-reviewing durational performance for Exeunt (March 2014)
- Designing and delivering creative writing workshops for secondary schools and higher education institutions (2011 – present)
- Member of the organizing committee behind Generative Constraints, the practice-based research conference, and on the editing panel for the resulting publication (2013 – present)
- ‘Mother of all Parliaments’ commissioned by Royal Holloway, University of London for centenary event celebrating the life of Emily Wilding Davison (Summer, 2013)
- Staff advisor for Royal Holloway’s student-led undergraduate creative writing anthology (2013)
- Toddling consultant for Lee Jackson‘s Walking Dickens’ London (Shire General, 2013)
- ‘Positive Feedback’ commissioned as part of performance series Lange Nacht der Langeweile (2013)
- Awarded a PenTales Hemingway Fellowship creative residency (2013)
- ‘Hang-Ups’ developed for a short interactive film installation with ShadowStage theatre company (2011)
- Awarded Bookbinding For Artists short course certificate, Central Saint Martins College (2011)
- Article on Reuben Martin, written for the Bernie Grant Arts Centre’s Great Book of Tottenham (2011)
- Bookbinding short course certificate from Central Saint Martins (2011)
- Contributor for if:book projects (2011)
- Short-listed for Harper-Woods Studentship (2011)
- Short story ‘Channel Light Vessel Automatic’ was developed by composer Steven Jackson into a collaborative piece as part of the Vessel exhibition during ‘Noise of Many Waters‘, the Royal Northern College of Music’s showcase event (2011)
- London Fringe Festival Short Fiction Awards, 2010: Finalist (‘Synaesthete, Would Like To Meet’)
- Judge for Pighog Press‘ Short Story Competition for writers of children’s fiction (2010)
- Various reviews for The Literateur and Fiction Unlimited online journals
- Co-writer of ‘Erratically Charged’, an audio sitcom broadcast on CUR1350 radio [Series One and Series Two available online], contributing to the station being awarded ‘Student Radio Station of the Year’ at the National Student Radio Awards (2008)
- Series of sketches commissioned by Somethingelse Production Company for their show ‘Bedtime’, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2007)