30.1.11

Our day out in Brighton

We came to Brighton late last night to visit Antonio's sister Vitoria and her boyfriend Giles. The main reason for our visit was to attend a meeting/interview for Brighton Fringe's Hendrick's Horseless Carriage.

We cut it a little fine visiting some awesomly beardy Brighton night life last night, before heading back to Vitoria's house and stopping at an offy on the way home and getting some vine and pork scratchings.

3am came quickly, and after trying to stitch our sides back together after Antonio's hilarious misunderstanding we hit the hay.

Today went well. We will hear how we did on Wednesday, until then we won't know.

But here's our photo events from the day.

More to follow (Antonio getting shat on by a crow. A crow at the seaside!)

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24.1.11

a weekend of meetings and roast dinners!

So the weekend started off with semi good intentions of creativity for new projects and such.
Justin made the long trip down from the land of oz to join the other shedders in the land of newport!
Saturday passed as per usual, we ran our weekly outreach workshop at the riverfront arts centre
And all was going well. Sunday arrived with a few unexpected hang overs from an impromtu night before involving
Italian cards and organic red wine, say no more! We were there for saved by an epic roast dinner and
Embraked on our first read through of our next show.
Monday was buuusy! It began with a guided tour around the new uwn campus and possible talks of an office
Space, which, might I add, is a company essential at this moment in time, whether this will mannifest
Is yet to be proven but we remain optomistic!
We then attended a newport based artists meeting which was fantastical! To chat about arty nonsense with
Fellow creatives is something that never gets old and we left the meeting buzzing about prospective collaborations
And community projects based in newport.
Yet another busy week lies ahead, but would we want it any other way??

Naaaa!

Ps watch our youtube vid, its a bit funny! At least I think so!

G x

17.1.11

Website Blogs

Tin Shed Theatre Co.
The Blog.

Two Thousand and Eleven
George:

And so it begins..........

After a mince pie and roast potato to many, Tin Shed return to embark on yet another year of financial instability and creative ingenuity.

Opportunities are stacking up as we prepare our educational tour of John Steinbeck's classic 'Of Mice and Men'. We are all, at present, frantically rustling through the dusty pages in search of dramatic integrity and inspiration before we begin rehearsals in the next few weeks.
The two Newport based Shedders are currently in the process of running workshops in conjunction with the Riverfront Theatre as part of an outreach programme. Whilst the Shropshire based shedder works in WH Smiths, I mean works really hard to organise......well we're still not quite sure but buisness none the less.

We are hoping that this year will bring us the opportunity to branch further into the world of professional theatre and grasp what ever comes our way (with exceptions of course). There is also the whisper of funding, which as a small, self endorsed company is music to our little tin ears, although this isn't set in stone and will probably resort to us having to attempt to sell Antonio again.
 Hey-ho onwards and upwards!

"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. "
John Steinbeck

Looking back on 2010, specifically Op BB
Justin:

Operation Blackbox was our first venture into immersive
Theatre.
Working with the Empty Shops Project, Newport, and the
UWN we set out to devise an experiemantal piece of theatre that would be free for member of the public to experience.
We had two weeks and no budget, just a derelict bank in the centre of Newport city.

Antonio has always been fascinated with extra terrestrial phenomenon and its theoretical impact with mankind should we ever encounter it. He wanted to explore this concept so we let him go for it.

Research included the watching of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and he was off!

Working with some extremely talented Performing Arts students from the UWN, we had just ten days in the Old Co-Operative Bank. In that time we got to meet some fantastic people, including Peter Farago, our saviour, an amazing Hungarian sound Guru, please check him out www.myspace.com/zerbixzoid.

We performed to hundreds of audience members who kept us humble and kept us going. In seeing their faces we knew the journey was worth the ride. We gave it for free on Halloween, a theatrical maze around a derelict bank, based on Antonios theory of alien invasion.

Thoughts From A Taxi
Antonio:

For the first time as a company we split off to work individually on the writing. In bringing the monologues together we found we had crafted an insanely believable story that you could only imagine hearing in the back of a taxi driving around Newport! An exciting trio of eccentric, loveable characters telling a hilariously twisted, but touching story. It was surreal but in an ironically recognisable sort of way. This production was definitely one of my highlights working with Tin Shed.

14.1.11

... Hello?"

Hello?

Hello, out there?

No ones reading this. The dull thud of my loneliness is to heavy to drag out onto the street.

Follow me...

Follow me...

Mmm, the smell of sausages cooking in the kitchen remind me of my dog.

Buy me.

Follow Tin Shed. Follow me.

I'm lonely.

10.1.11

On The Agenda....

So, We have returned once again as a company to thrash out ideas, scripts and antonio's wind problems in the comfortable confines of the Cliffe household in Oswestry, Shropshire.

Since sitting around the old wooden table in the dinning room we have covered much ground. Like drinking a lot of coffee and confirming once and for all that we could really do with an admin assistant and an accountant.

Justin and Antonio are at present supposed to be editing the script for 'Of Mice and Men' and I am tirelessly trying to write a bio for the website.

Working out the logistics of embarking on a school tour are proving difficult but we are ever confident that nothing is impossible. I have really enjoyed reading (for the first time) John Steinbeck's Novellet and it has made me reminisce about studying  Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. The deep and troubled female characters of that era who talk of their longing to be stars of the silver screen are a joy to play.


We have managed to cover a lot of ground in this small space of time and its been a great start to the year.


Over and out. G.

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8.1.11

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I've got to say I'm very excited.

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6.1.11

Re-Visiting John

Tonight, with a cup of tea and a biscuit on a plate in one hand and John Stienbeck's wee novelette "Of Mice and Men" (A book I haven't even peeped at since Secondary School!) in the other, I took a seat and started reading and it only took the first paragraph to smother me in nostalgia.


I started to think back to being sat in an English lesson next to Frec, Scott, Rich and Rob Heaton drawing knobs all over each others copies of the book, and almost throwing up with laughter every time Rob managed to move Scott's chair away seconds before he sat down. Remembering Mr Hedge the Headmaster covering lessons whilst Miss was on maternity leave, and him being susceptible  to the class lie that we'd actually finished reading the book and she wanted us to watch the film again. Gary Sneeze!


But this time, lying on my bed, six or so years on, reading it harboured a different experience, it made me realise that all that dicking around, blushing in front of girls and taking the piss out of Tim and Emily (the only people in the class who actually wanted to read the book... nerds) made me miss out on a really awesome book.


Why couldn't our teacher of made us realise what a ground-breaking and inspirational artist John Steinbeck was? Mind you, if she'd have said that to a room full of teenagers she would have seen expressions similar to a subdued zombie horde starring back at her, so I don't blame her. 


She should have told us that John Steinbeck was this awesome, motley, working class-come-novel writing hero bloke who re-invented the boundaries of his art. Explained how he filled his book with some of the most profound ideas and "hush now" taboo's of his time.


The play is a parable about loneliness, and in a strange way hope coupled with greed, and the really heart breaking thing about the whole tale is that the DREAM is so simple.


That's what I want to make the young people we perform to realise. So maybe they wont lie on a bed 6 years later and realise what an amazing book they missed all those years ago.


J.

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Lovely!


Justin
Tin Shed.

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