An R&D Project
Cast: William Cole, Jonathan Farey, Olivia Jageurs, Samuel Pantcheff, Benjamin Williamson, Guy Withers
Facilitator/Director: Roxana Haines
Writer/Dramaturge: James Rushbrooke
Puppet makers: Sarah Morgan, Ana Diaz Barriga & Roxana Haines
Costume Design: Sophie Donaldson
Lighting Design: Oliver Savidge Maloney
We have just finished our very first R&D where we collaboratively created a new "opera" based on Benjamin Britten’s five Canticles. The ten days was designed to challenge what is expected of conventional musicians by developing skills in characterisation and physicality. Alongside the opera and with the support of our partners, (Tangled Feet, Age UK Camden & Camden Carers) we also created the trial of an outreach project for people living with dementia. Click here to read more about An Album of Memories.
We performed to an invited audience on the final day of the R&D - presenting a new narrative formed between the five canticles with the support of James Rushbrooke (our dramaturge) where each of the musicians in this piece played a character and were integral to the story.
The cast (alongside Roxana our director and the visiting practitioners we invited into the room) discovered the story of Eddie, an established composer. He returns to his family home for the first time in several years to pack up his father's belongings. As he rummages through boxes, various objects summon memories that lead him to revisit his past and his relationship with his father which take the form of the songs and melodies within each of the Canticles.
Indomitable Productions would like to thank the following people and places for their support and guidance leading up to and during this project:
Tierra Bonser for her creative genius and constant support,
Paul Wade and Parkwood Primary School for their in-kind space,
Rev. Adele Rees for her joy and props,
Evie Beaven and Emily Thomson for their administrative support and organisational skill,
Jane Eve and Penny Francis for their chisels and power of puppetry,
Tracey McDermott and Tracey Smith for their trust and cakes,
Anna Farthing, Paul Barker and Kate Anderson for their ears and advice.
We would also like to thank each of our sponsors who brought Archibald, our Indomitable Puppet, to life. So a great thanks go to the dear friends and family that are Charlie Monk, Susan Weaver, Wendy & Robert Withers and Barbara & Graham Coleman. We very literally would not have been able to do it without you.
And of course this R&D has been supported by Arts Council England. Their support has provided valuable space for outstanding early-career artists to develop their multi-disciplinary practice as they discover and explore different forms and skills of performance. Thank you Arts Council England.