The Thirty

We like to be willfully interdisciplinary in our approach and our projects often get remixed from one form to another as they develop: so what started out as an idea for a novel, might grow towards being a film, and then a performance, and then a piece of music, and then a performance again.

Ultimately, we want to find the heart of each story and find the best form with which to share that with an audience, now.

 

Photo: Timothy X Atack

Photo: Timothy X Atack

 

This can make our development periods very long; so we tend to be working on multiple projects. Twice a year, as part of our ongoing practice, we do a creative exercise that we call ‘The Thirty’.

It’s essentially the two of us talking through a list of 30 ideas that we feel are current or somehow fascinating. They might be as broad as an area of research, or as well-formed as an ongoing touring show, or as nebulous as a phrase we simply like as a title. It’s a tactic for forcing us to keep difficult ideas on the table, ensuring that strong ideas – be they very ambitious, or impossible, or small, or troublesome – never get left behind.

 

 

Photo: Paul Blakemore

We list them because these are all sparks that we want to fire up. Sometimes it takes years for a project to come to fruition, so we’ve got to start somewhere.

If you’d like to know more about any of these projects or help us make them happen then please get in touch.

At the moment, The Thirty looks like this:

 

  1. The Dark Land* – a virtual reality sci-fi experience, inspired by the worlds of Dark Land Light House
  2. A Broken Consort – a feature film
  3. Tales From the Old World – a post-apocalyptic western, which invites people to mythologise their present landscape
  4. The Chord – a novel. Five girls form a band to play a single chord, forever
  5. A Million Tiny Glitches – an electronic musical
  6. Costume Test* – a short film made from costume fittings
  7. Phosphenes – directing other people’s stuff
  8. The Collect – because sometimes ideas work together, and sometimes they kill each other
  9. I Will Do It For Science – a short sci-fi film concerning procreation, with material shot a decade apart
  10. BUZZARD – a stage play (with dancing) about two people who earn their living as a Birthday Buzzard
  11. Birds In Hell – Birds makes beats on her phone, and also uses it to record her descent into the underworld (to rescue her boyf)
  12. Steady State – it’s about the myths of money, and hope in endless data
  13. Father Alberto and the Flying Girl – Father Alberto imagines an illuminated book that tells the story of his downfall
  14. Nightshift Variations – faulty torch songs
  15. Bad Actor – punk comedy about London, 1812
  16. Dancing and Apologising – a fiction about what moves different people to dance
  17. Babel’s Cupid – a stage play about sex and translation
  18. Good Number – a bluesman, a song collector, an electric chair
  19. What The Found Sound – interesting noises from the Sleepdogs collection >> into The Notebook
  20. Circadial – a place-specific, live improvised gig; finding ghost music in field recordings
  21. Fire In The Bookshop – an interactive installation
  22. Former Producer – the sound of Tim’s brain
  23. SUPERNOVA – a performance installation that takes inspiration from the speed of sight
  24. Noise vs Space – a series of workshops based on Sleepdogs’ practice and processes
  25. Aaminika – a stage play telling the story of an artillery unit in the last days of a bloody civil war
  26. The Soul of an Ass – audio drama about biblical animals (including biblical humans)
  27. Tiny Workshops – tiny workshops
  28. Heartworm – a stage play about a quantum house guest
  29. Total Illegal – reverse karaoke
  30. Version Control – adaptations

* = working title

 

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