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.
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 projects that we feel are current or somehow fascinating. They may be 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, hopefully ensuring that strong ideas – be they very ambitious, or impossible, or small, or troublesome – never get left behind.
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:
- Tales From the Old World – a post-apocalyptic western, for outdoors, for sunset
- The Collect – because sometimes ideas work together, and sometimes they kill each other
- Steady State – it’s about the myths of money, and hope in endless data
- Father Alberto and the Flying Girl – Father Alberto imagines an illuminated book that tells the story of his downfall
- The Chord – a novel. Five girls form a band to play a single chord, forever
- Circadial – a place-specific, live improvised gig; finding ghost music in field recordings
- Fire In The Bookshop – an interactive installation
- Nightshift Variations – faulty torch songs
- A Million Tiny Glitches – an electronic musical; the story of a woman seeking her friend, who has become lost in an imaginary city of his own creation
- SUPERNOVA – A one-to-one performance installation that takes inspiration from the speed of sight
- Heartworm – a stage play about a quantum house guest
- BUZZARD – a stage play (with dancing) about two people who earn their living as a Birthday Buzzard
- A Book of Dangerous and Impossible Instruments* – a book of dangerous and impossible instruments
- Dark Land Light House – a science fiction for theatre about a lighthouse in space
- Birds In Hell – Birds makes beats on her phone, and also uses it to record her descent into the underworld (to rescue her boyf)
- Noise vs Space – a series of workshops based on Sleepdogs’ practice and processes
- Bluebeard – Singapore-set feature film, beginning with a strange invitation
- Dancing and Apologising – a fiction about what moves different people to dance
- Aaminika – a stage play telling the story of an artillery unit in the last days of a bloody civil war
- Good Number – a stage play. A bluesman, a song collector, an electric chair
- Phosphenes – directing other people’s stuff >> into Sleepdogs
- What The Found Sound – interesting noises from the Sleepdogs collection >> into the notebook
- I Will Do It For Science – a short sci-fi film concerning procreation, with material shot a decade apart
- Bad Actor – punk comedy about a terrible actor in London, 1812
- Howlaround – The real world / geekout crossover in the worlds of Doctor Who
- Costume Test* – a short film made from costume fittings
- Film Score* – a silent film score
- Babel’s Cupid – a stage play about sex and translation
- A Book of Hours* – a performance about power relationships, where the performers are unaware of what might transpire
- The Soul of an Ass – audio drama about biblical animals (including biblical humans)
* = working title