Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fresh(er) Legs.

Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Rob Ellis
Starring: Fran Burgoyne, Sophie MacKenzie and Jonathan Edward Cobb
Make-up: Beth Crane

Assorted props sourced from: Stephanie Warwick, Dirk Van Dijk, Future Games of London, Kristina Crabbie, Sarah Louise Fowler

Produced by Tessa Hart and the The Bread & Roses Theatre team for The Platform.

Photography by Willow Rosenberg.

One of my favourite things about being a playwright is having work performed by different teams in different places at different times (and in different countries)! This has happened with three shorts of mine and it is a lovely, lovely thing.

Lovely because pretty much all of the productions have been great and also because this is so much a part of what theatre is about - it exists to come to life again and again.

Fresh Legs is a favourite of mine because it is so much fun. It was fun to write, fun to have read out and exceptionally fun to have performed both the first time round and the second time round.

These two are basically my life:

The rush of comedy is so real. It gives a buzz not quite like anything else and these two snappily delivered characters are a joy. 

Also important to Fresh Legs is genre. It's a comedy/horror fairytale that plays with but ultimately works with genre conventions. It's set at a high school at a Halloween dance - it's light but also dark. Interestingly out of over five directors that applied to work with it this time round only one stuck out as "getting it." Genre is a bit unusual in a short play - but it was so weird to read people's pitches that were so wide of the mark.

Anna:   Is that a chainsaw?
Ursula: Is that permanent paralysis.

Anyway, it was great to work with a director that not only "got it" but ran with it - Rob brought some epic Disney magic to this thing.

Suffice to say, to end this gush - this was an absolute pleasure. The prop and general production stress etc was totally worth it.

What a team! 

Thanks to all involved. 


Monday, June 27, 2016

Lavinia In Souliloquy.

Lavinia In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Lavinia In Souliloquy.
By Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
Performed by Joanna May
Puppet Design, concept and Build: Joanna May
After William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.

Lavinia In Souliloquy is part of Cycle 1 of In Souliloquy.

Photo by Jennifer Hook.

 Titus Andronicus is a violent, bloody play where many people are mutilated and murdered. Lavinia is raped and then has her tongue cut out and her hands cut off so she cannot tell her father Titus of her assault. She eventually communicates it to him and in revenge he murders her attackers before killing his daughter out of shame.

Our Lavinia’s soul speaks to us directly – this voice cuts through the silence and her pain and shouts out at the injustice of her life and death. The use of puppetry in filming this souliloquy was important to give layers to how our Lavinia with no mouth or hands shares her story. 

There is an important question for all puppetry work - why a puppet? I don't think you could have a live person acting this work. Listening to it yes, a voice disembodied but an actual actor you see I think would detract from both the violence inflicted on the character and what she was reduced to. This little puppet shows us the depths of meaning of Lavinia's words. So, listen.

In Souliloquy is co-devised and produced by Tilly Lunken and Victorine Pontillon.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Juliet In Souliloquy.

Juliet In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Juliet knows eternal love is misplaced in eternity.

By Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Juliet In Souliloquy was directed by Victorine Pontillon for Cycle One of In Souliloquy. It was performed by Fern McCauley.

In Souliloquy is co-devised and produced by Tilly Lunken and Victorine Pontillon.

In the play Juliet makes the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ for her love to join Romeo in death. They are to be united forever. Our Juliet has learned that eternal love has new meaning in eternity and how much that can hurt when it is what your life and death is defined by.

Fern's performance is remarkable. We both love it.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

What is In Souliloquy?

A quick blog to write a little bit about a massive project I have been working on over the last couple of months. It is called In Souliloquy and here is a little wee taster to let you in on how wonderful it is.

Together with Victorine Pontillon, I have co-devised and produced (and written most) of these soliloquies - new insights into classic characters in the 21st century. Over the next while I shall be posting them here - with a little bit about how these people fit into their play and how we see them after the play.

The voices of the dead, the forgotten, the silence, the misunderstood. Join us in listening to these characters as they unleash a new life with new words. Come follow! @insouliloquy