29.10.18

PERFORMERS WANTED - Big Skies - 2018


With barely a breath between Moby Dick and 'The Next Thing' we present to you... BIG SKIES



WE’RE LOOKING FOR UNIQUE PERFORMERS

Tin Shed Theatre Co. & Living Levels present
BIG SKIES

For our next project we’re looking for four unique performers who feel comfortable making work on a tight time schedule with and alongside our non-professional theatre company; The Public Theatre. We need confident, multi-faceted performers who are adept at making and performing outdoors whilst interacting with members of the public.

Big Skies is a three-year project that looks to reunite people from the city with the amazing wildlife and nature that is just a stones throw away from them. Looking at mans connection to the land and multi-diversity within nature, we want to rekindle our rural selves and invite people to a one day festival event to launch our three-year long project that will span from Chepstow to Cardiff.

On the 1st Dec, we are inviting audiences to join us for ramble around The Wetlands in Newport to discover how we're putting the wonder in wandering, as the natural landscape has a breathe of new life in this unusual promenade performance.

If you are interested in working with us to create this unique performance event please see details below and follow the link to our application.


CASTING BREAKDOWN

MUSTS
·       Aged between 21-65
·       Training/experience in physical theatre, movement, circus, other.
·       Experience of devising theatre
·       Experience of performing outdoors
·     Experience of Walk About/Promenade performance
PREFERABLES
·       Puppetry Training/Experience
·       Experience in community engaged performance making/amateur dramatics
·     ​
We are particularly interested in receiving applications from Deaf and Disabled Artists.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from BAME Artists.​
We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people who identify as transgender or non-binary.

ADDITIONALLY

This is a casting call for anyone who wants to make a genuine commitment to work of this nature and we seek to only receive applications from people interested in working with and alongside us in the creation of a unique event.

DETAILS
PAY
£500 (£125pd x4 days inc performance)

DATES
Deadline for applications: 9th NOVEMBER 2018

Audition Date: 14th NOVEMEBER 2018
Employment Period: 27th NOV – 1st DEC 2018
Note: We realise timing on this one might be tight, and so we're willing to make certain exceptions on dates and time present. Please contact us with any queries. 

1.10.18

Moby Dick - The calm before the storm ....


As we stand on the precipice and look out towards the next two weeks, we are filled with all sorts of bits. Bits of worry, anxiety, excitement, accomplishment, failure, unity, division and a sense of something great yet almost beyond our abilities. 


We have a team of 30 something individuals. Working over four separate locations. Making, changing, creating, building, problem solving, the list goes on. There have been a lot of lists. Its the way we often find it easiest to contextualise our process. For us, as Tin Shed Theatre Co, this 'process' is new, fresh and uncharted territory, a step towards making theatre without being physically present in the work. Which isn't strictly the case, but I shant drop a spoiler. We have embarked on trying to teach our physical language as a company that came together with a mutual interest to tell character driven stories, with the weird, bleakly dark and tragic at heart. 


'Theatre' I use this in the loosest sense of the term. It is 'theatre' taken out of context and removed from the literal space. Its become about community and the bringing together of people in one shared experience. A machine that if one part was taken away it would malfunction. Real lives, merged together to make the 'Theatre' happen. We are constantly thinking of how we share our journey with those who want to access it. I often wonder why artistic merit is measured on an end product or set goal? Who sets these? And who is measuring? Whose feedback am we interested in? At whatever part we see fit to judge. Who are the judges? Again, we could go on.

Back tracking slightly to June 2017, after we made Apocalypso we felt broken. Not only physically but mentally. We made a lot of mistakes, and it took us a long time to try and unpick the web of confusion that was generated from an artistic community that we know and respect some who turned their backs on us when we asked for honesty, and I use the phrase 'turning backs' as a literal reference. Friends, associates, people we know and respect, people we have worked with and for, avoided us in bars, at social gatherings, coughed over their cups of coffee in meetings when we asked them what they thought about the show. It was awkward, uncomfortable, and upsetting. Not because we didn't want the truth, but because everyone felt that they had to hide it from us. 
Had we made a piece of work that was so bad it warranted being ignored? Maybe, we'll never know. We feel as a company we try and forge an open space where anyone can and should express they way they feel about our work, we'll take it, and respect it, you paid for it (or not in the case of Moby Dick so you can keep your opinions to yourself... I joke) So tell us if you hated it. As a publicly funded organisation we have a duty to listen to the feedback of everyone who sees our work and we must respond to that. We're not mentioning here the people who took to an anonymous website to give us their thoughts, which was refreshing, informative and structured. We always ask ourselves who are we making our work for? And that is a question, as publicly funded organisations we should all ask ourselves, and how we can be true to our funding aims and objectives, as best we can. Transparency in all elements of our work as an organisation is something we aim for. Lets share practice, assets, thoughts, opinions and pints.

Apocalypso changed us, as individuals and as a company and we believe, ultimately has helped us make better decisions about process and will help us make better work. So if you are coming to see Moby Dick, and want to leave us some feedback here is how https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YVMZ3BN

So.. the performances are now sold out. But not entirely. We had online sales of minus 20% of the overall sales deliberately. We realised very quickly that whilst we make steps to ensure our work is accessible to a disabled audience, we were ignoring a complete demographic of individuals who have no access to all our online promotion or ticket sales.
Online sales 'Sold Out' in 7 days, thats 550 tickets gone, so we took it offline. We have been out on foot, around Pill with a pocket full of flyers letting people know these tickets are for them, pointing them towards our pop up community space 'The Nest'. We talk a lot about trust, and embedding ourselves in a community, we don't claim to have all the answers and we don't think we'll manage to meet every single aim we intended to, but we will try.

Again we ask ourselves, who are we making this for? 

We want to continue working in the community, and you can help us continue this journey. We have set up a go fund me with an aim to raise £5k towards the running and set up of a commnity theatre company called 'The Public Theatre' all info can be found on https://www.gofundme.com/community-development-donations

Thanks for reading. 


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