Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jessica In Spring.



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Our seasonal Souliloquy for Spring 2017 is Jessica (after Merchant of Venice)

Know your own shadows.

Performed by Diana Kessler
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

In Souliloquy is devised and produced by V&T
Jessica In Souliloquy is a Seasonal Soliloquy.

Music:
Ever Mindful by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jessica In Souliloquy was written partly in response to the horrible 'Othering' that has become part of our mainstream political rhetoric around the world. I wanted to write in the voice of someone on the outside that had nominally secured a place within a society and yet could see herself as a more interesting, rounded, full person because of who she was and where she had come from.

There is defiance in her words - sure it might feel nice to be included and certainly she loves very much her partner but that doesn't mean she wants to deny herself and her history, however dark it might be. It's these shadows that make us interesting as people. Sharing these stories and these voices is so important in representing our diverse communities.

Merchant of Venice is a complicated example of 'othering' - clearly exploiting stereotypes but also giving a voice and stage to Shylock not previously given to Jewish characters on mainstream stages. This piece explores how Jessica, his daughter reflects on her new convert status and her love of her father.

In terms of filming and development we had significant location difficulties that push backed filming and the release has bled a little in Summer, however it's just beautiful. Diana is mesmerising as a character seeming both in shadow and bathed in light.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Don John In Souliloquy.


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A villain of little words, speaks.
Performed by Jonathan Cobb
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
In Souliloquy is devised and produced by V&T
Don John In Souliloquy is part of Cycle 4 of this project
Music:
Sneaky Snitch by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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So Don John is a character I wanted to write but kept putting it off because he just didn't fit into my headspace. But with our fourth cycle I was determined to write him - he doesn't speak much in the play, declaring himself a man of little words but you can just tell he is dying to let fly and deluge of reasons for why he is the way he is.
Write me a sexy villain - Victorine's instructions - and there we are. Here he is! Absolutely dripping with the bad boy charisma. There's something mesmerising in the tight shot, unequivocal gaze and Jon's great performance that totally makes you feel 'Yeah sure, this guy really knows what he's talking about. Let's smash through the illusion. Boom!'    
This was very satisfying to write, partly because the character has so few lines in Much Ado despite being the main plot driver. Giving him the platform to sound off was a lot of fun. 
Don John is the last of our 2016 Cycles - and it's a lovely bookend with Juliet - both heartbroken in different ways. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Marina In Souliloquy.


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True strength comes from knowing yourself.
Performed by Lydia Lane
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Special thanks to Jennifer Hook.
In Souliloquy is devised and produced by V&T
Marina in Souliloquy is part of Cycle 4 of this project.
Music:
Avec Soin by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Marina surprised us both. She was a character from a completely bonkers play neither of us were familiar with, but once we started work - she just shone. Everything that Shakespeare's Soap-addled plot throws in her path she deals with, with strength of character, conviction and a self-determination of her own destiny. Of course the play is named after her father and isn't really about her at all - but she is steadfast, sure and absolutely the person we should all aspire to emulate.

What is also wonderful is how much of a feminist she is. How she survives everything using her skills and even through her grief she finds life and love.

Lydia's performance is also lovely, it's brimming with warmth and glows with inner strength. This one makes me cry, but it also makes me want to seize control of who I am and what I make and hug the world.

For we are all more than any simple destiny. xxx

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lady Macduff In Souliloquy.


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A mother's attempt to record the silence.
Performed by Tracey Pickup
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.


Lady Macduff In Souliloquy is part of Cycle 4 of this project.
Music:
Virtutes Instrumenti by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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Lady Macduff is a woman I always felt was denied a voice, a role, an acknowledged death - in the play her role and her children's role is to die in order to illustrate how Macbeth has become a monster. Plot is what kills her, plot that demonstrates the descent of a man - there's no consideration that the people who are murdered are people. 
I don't much like the play Macbeth - the main character is far too infuriating - but so many elements are interesting: the swirling darkness - the otherness of the women - there is much to explore beyond the plot. 
Here we catch and record Lady Macduff's pain and loss on camera. Tracey brought such a lot to this shoot and you really travel with her through her confession. 
Our Lady Macduff is a ghost. Haunted.  We hope in turn she haunts the play. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Doll Tearsheet In Souliloquy.


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Time to give something back to she who is forever open.
Doll Tearsheet In Souliloquy,
Performed by Annie Price
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Henry IV.

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Music:
Danse Morialta by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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With Doll we wanted to create a rounded character for the whore trope. Out of all the characters in Shakespeare's plays she is the only one who self-identifies as a sex-worker. Everyone else is either wrapped up in ridiculous innuendo or branded as such by other people. There is something very appealing in her unapologetic nature and her determination to enjoy her lot - however awful that actually is.
Another interesting point is that she is a character that disappears and gets hospitalised/dies off stage - unimportant to the plot machinations of the next Henry play, she just disappears. Obviously there are theatrical considerations but it ties in nicely with how women in her profession are treated.
Here she is incarcerated and appealing for help, not judgement. She's inviting you into her world and her experience as well as her body. Don't be fooled by the corset, jewellery and sepia tones, she's weaving a misty world but underneath that there is a cold reality. Her prime has passed. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Cassandra In Souliloquy.


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Comfort can be found in nightmares.

Performed by Julia Harari
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.

Cassandra In Souliloquy is part of Cycle 4 of this project


We wanted to play with the idea that Cassandra reaches the point where the only comfort she gets from her 'gift' is the point where she can no longer see the future and she knows she dies. How pushed into a void does someone need to go to reach that desperate point? It's an interesting question. Out of all of the ones we have made so far, this is pretty confessional - so Victorine's idea of the writing works in quite nicely.

I think though, both of us would also love to see it live with Cassandra going full breakdown. She's such an interesting character - how rubbish she get's 5 lines and nothing else in Troilus and Cressida.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Orlando In Souliloquy.


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Performed by Kaiden Du Bois
Written by Victorine Pontillon
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.
Orlando In Souliloquy is part of Cycle 4 of this project



Special thanks to Jennifer Hook and Tilly Lunken.
In Souliloquy is devised and produced by V&T


Victorine's Orlando is lovely and it is deceptively simple in both construction and flow. Kaiden's performance is lively and he infuses the character with such a charisma you can't help but want his continued happiness. 

We had a fantastic amount of fun on this shoot - it was also the first to star the amazing wallpaper that Google photos insists on declaring Hawaii. So, surfer dude indeed, this Orlando is an intrepid adventurer in more ways that one!