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