Busy year up ahead for Sleepdogs. Want to know more? RIGHT U R.
1. We’ve just finished an intense period of development collaborating with Raucous Collective on Sharon Clark and Tom Burton’s tooth-and-claw fairy tale The Stick House. It saw us hanging out in a church crypt throughout last week, Tim making some sweet and disturbing noises with cut-up Weimar-era German show tunes, Tanuja providing dramaturgical and direction support to the team. Stick House pic by Joe Wallace:
2. We’re heading to Newcastle in a couple of weeks for a residency at Live Theatre, thanks to the wonderful The Empty Space / Live bursary for emerging theatre-makers. We’ll be working on a caterpillar version of a new show called Tales From The Old World, a post-apocalyptic western for outdoor spaces, which will hopefully pupate sometime over the next couple of years. There’ll be a work-in-progress showing on Friday 15th March, after which we’ll post up some thoughts about wot we done on this here site. In the meantime, we’ve been thinking about boxes. And voices from boxes.
3. At this year’s Mayfest we’ll be making a one-on-one experience called SUPERNOVA, working once more with the hyper-talent that is Jessica Macdonald. It’ll be a short kind of piece, but will pack a punch, somewhat, I’d say. It also forms the basis of a larger investigation into sci-fi on stage, a show called Dark Land Light House. Dark and mysterious tunes by Paul Nash of Bristol drone-wrangling songsmiths North Sea Navigator keep dropping through the ether into the Sleepdogs inbox. More of this… anon.
4. Our orchestra-in-peril epic The Bullet And The Bass Trombone will be opening this year’s Pulse Festival in late may. Then we’re touring further afield throughout this year and next, and will post up the dates as they’re confirmed. Plans are also afoot to return the show to Bristol for a short run. Ditto Bristol date news, ditto soon. U WANT PICS? WE GOTS PICS:
(Pictures by Paul Blakemore.)
In the meantime, you can buy the EP / Programme for the show at our producer MAYK’s site, here.
5. Our running list of projects-in-progress, The Thirty, has had its 6-month refresh. We’ve tried to give a sense of what each mysterious title is about, too. Have a gander at what we’re developing by clicking on these words which are hopefully underlined at this point and depending on your browser might even have changed colour, I don’t know.
So, in summary: we say “yes” to 2013.
Thanks for listening to these words with the voice in your head.
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