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read the whole story Sep. 21st 2016

'It's quite a family affair and art is certainly imitating life.'

by Sara Templeman

Day 6 of rehearsals – Kicking & Screaming

 

We have just begun our second week of rehearsals for Kicking & Screaming.  What is so brilliant about rehearsing this play, which follows the story of two couples and their transition into parenthood, is the presence of real babies in the rehearsal room. 

 

Both our artistic directors have recently become parents. Nathan's little girl Olwyn is 6 weeks old and was brought in today for the afternoon by Nathan's wife Alexis. Kat's little boy Claude is 9 weeks old and can't be apart from his Mummy yet as he is so little so he's been a constant (and very lovely and very well behaved) presence at rehearsals. It just happens Claude's Daddy Guy is also on hand for baby care in rehearsals as he is directing all the music as well as having composed some of the musical score for the production (Another part of the show that's been so much fun in rehearsal is the live music!)  So it's quite a family affair and art is certainly imitating life.

 

Further input has come from our very own qualified Doula* and Mummy Laura who plays the narrator character in the play. 

Her unique insight into not only being a Mummy herself but her accounts of witnessing births as a Doula has also added an extra fascinating layer to our research.

 

We had yet another baby visitor today as 5 month old Iver dropped in with his Mummy Cristina, who is also part of Tangled Feet. So this afternoon we had 3 babies hanging out!

You can read a lot of books and articles and pamphlets about pregnancy, birth and caring for a new-born. This is a great foundation for the character’s stories and experiences and developing scenes. It’s been useful for me during the entire process from making the show last year to revisiting it this year. We have collated all sorts of information relevant to our stories, like information on attachment parenting to birth positions to weaning and how to breastfeed! ‘It’s a lot of information’ is a line from the show as my character Natasha reads a massive encyclopaedic book about pregnancy and birth in one scene. It certainly is!

 

However it is the magical, wondrous and amazing presence of our Tangled Feet babies as well as the truthful insight from their parents in rehearsals that are helping to enrich our process. It has really been a unique and fulfilling experience as a performer. Observing and hanging out with actual babies has been invaluable in helping us create our characters truth and stories, encountering parenting live in the space and then reenacting it within the life of the play! It has also been inspiring as our two artistic directors, musical director and fellow performer are juggling parenthood of new borns and toddlers whilst rehearsing a play! Kicking & screaming parents, I salute you!

 

* Just incase you didn’t know:

doula also known as a birth companion and post-birth supporter, is a non medical person who assists a person before, during, and/or after childbirth as well as her spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support 

For full Tour details see /productions/25-kicking-and-screaming 

 

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read the whole story Sep. 7th 2016

Emerge/ncy in pictures

As we get excited about Kicking and Screaming rehearsals starting next week we are looking back fondly on the amazing time we had performing Emerge/ncy around the UK this year.

 

Here are some of our favourite pictures:

 

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read the whole story Aug. 31st 2016

Emerge/ncy Video

We are really pleased to share this highlights video of Emerge/ncy -the new Tangled Feet show that toured in Summer 2016.

  

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read the whole story Aug. 10th 2016

Kicking and Screaming touring this Autumn, including baby-friendly shows

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read the whole story Jun. 8th 2016

It poured for a while in Brighton but then the sun shone and we emerged!

We have just returned from Brighton Festival following the world premiere of Emerge/ncy. It was great to finally share the piece with very receptive local audiences. Huge thanks to Brighton Festival for being such fantastic producers and to all the cast and crew for dealing with pouring rain and then scorching sun! Here is some interesting feedback from an audience memeber and some photos....

 

"at first I was suspicious, then annoyed, then interested and realised it enhanced my day and I shouldn't be scared of them - bit like the refugee crisis come to think of it"

 

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read the whole story Mar. 30th 2016

A new show for 2016!

We are thrilled to announce a new show for Summer 2016: Emerge/ncy. Emerge/ncy is an installation that becomes a durational performance. It is the result a period of creative exploration into the twin concerns of global inequality and climate change, and particularly addresses the very current issue of human migration.

We’ve been spending some time as a company thinking about the connection between inequality and climate change and about people who have to leave their home due to the climate, economy or combinations of the two. For a set of issues that have such life changing effects across world, but that we are somewhat isolated from in the UK, we felt it was the right thing to do to create something that scarred the landscape and felt like a big event. 

 

We wanted to bring some of the themes and struggles seen across the world to British high streets, squares and parks and remind people that cracks are appearing across the world. These cracks are both in our environment and our societies. However, in response to such catastrophe we often see the best in humans – emergency and disaster bring communities together and often it is your neighbour not your government that will be the first to help.

 

Overnight, in a public space a mysterious, ominous organic form appears. It seems to have burst through the pavement or playing field, creating a strange shape 7 metres high. It towers over the landscape.

 

Slowly, displaced people begin to emerge. Then more and more…

Where do they go now? 

How do we respond to them?

How long will they stay?

 

As the day draws to a close there is a collective response to the emerging people. It has become an opportunity born from a crisis. A coming together turns into a collective act, which is beautiful and transformative for all.

 

Has this state of emergency become the new normal?

 

We are thrilled to be working with Alex Rinsler (Giants Foundary) and Mike De Buts (Shipshape Arts) to design and build the installation which will be animated by Tangled Feet performers to a soundtrack by Guy Connelly of Clock Opera. The work has been generously supported by The Arts Council England, Esmee Faribairn Foundation, The Hanley Trust and our partner festivals. 

 

Dates:

 

Brighton Festival (The Level) 28th and 29th May http://brightonfestival.org

Imagine Watford (The High Street) 24th, 25th and 26th June http://www.imaginewatford.co.uk

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2nd July http://festival.org 

Alongside the performance programme our Participation team will be running drama workshops with The Red Cross Refugee and Befriending Scheme for unaccompanied asylum seekers across London as well as further workshops for recently arrived families in association with Migrant Help.

 

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read the whole story Mar. 9th 2016

Praise for Need A Little Help

Some audience comments:
"A really extraordinary performance - an important show. Very emotional and perfectly pitched to the audience of carers - small and large.  Fantastic.  Faultless."
 
"It was a fantastic show, very moving."
 
"Simply beautiful.  A story very well told."

"Amazing! Really touched my soul and presented in such a lovely way."
 
“Fantastic show! I want to see it again" 
 
“Amazing, really touched my soul and presented in such a lovely way. Thank you.”
 
 A few words from Twitter:
 
Emilia - March 5  
"My heartfelt thanks to @tangledfeet @HalfMoonTheatre. #NeedALittleHelp is a delicate and moving gem in the theatre for very young audience."
 
Adeel - March 6
"@tangledfeet @HalfMoonTheatre what an amazing show. Loved it!"
 
Jordana March 4
"A joy to be @HalfMoonTheatre with so many YP enjoying themselves watching the touching Need a Little Help- Tesco's will never be the same"
 

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read the whole story Oct. 7th 2015

Collective Endeavour photos released!

See full details of Collective Endeavour here

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