My fingers have been itching to wax-lyrical blog-style about all we've been doing lately, but in doing all we've been doing I have just been, I think, more busy than I have ever been before.
We've been working solidly for two weeks now, re-structuring, re-writing, and creating our latest version of Dr Frankenstein's Monster, played by the multi-talent performer Aled Wyn-Thomas, who really has entered the fold of Tin Shed like a duck to water and has made us see elements of our piece in a wholly new light. This, I feel, is why collaboration is so important.
We've been making puppets, filming shadow sequences, creating electrocution devices, mastering the art of mime and fighting alot! We've explored ideas and minor moments in so much more depth than we ever did before, we've made decisions we perhaps would never have been encouraged to make without someone new introducing us to an outsiders opinion and ideas. I think artists sometimes have to remember that we should never close the door to other peoples ideas, they so important for stirring up the waters. They're the spoon in our tea, if you will.
The show is looking GREAT. I have never been so happy with it. It has depth, humour, rad fight sequences (choreographed by our go-to-genius-fight director Chris Hall), it has dark human matters at it's heart, and a hilarious, loud, frantic, German Expressionist, potty mouthed grotesqueness in it's stomach, but it's also full of beautifully-haunting images and sequences inspired by Mary Shelley's text. We've described it like a punch in the face followed by a beautiful whisper that makes us question how humans can be cruel, how humans can be passionate and how fundamentally we all desperately need someone to save us from loneliness.
Here are some images from the studio...
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