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 Chord – a novel. Five girls form a band to play a single chord, forever
  2. A Million Tiny Glitches – an electronic musical about grief
  3. Fire In The Bookshop – an audio drama set in a world where reading books is weird
  4. A Broken Consort – a feature film: music / horror / darkness
  5. BUZZARD – a stage play (with dancing) about two people who earn their living as a Birthday Buzzard
  6. SUPERNOVA – an immersive installation that takes inspiration from the speed of sight
  7. Heart of Darkness – a theatre adaptation of the novel
  8. Teenage Exorcists – a TV drama based on a non-existent series of very cool graphic novels
  9. La Belle et la Bête – a theatre adaptation inspired by Cocteau’s film, with cyborgs
  10. Good Number – a stage play: a bluesman, a song collector, an electric chair
  11. Heartworm – a stage play about a quantum house guest
  12. I Will Do It For Science – a short sci-fi film concerning procreation, with material shot a decade apart
  13. Ocean Confessions – an augmented audio headphone piece, to be experienced at night, at the edge of the sea
  14. Utah – a TV serial: WWII soldiers and 21st Century teenagers in northern France
  15. Tiny Workshops – tiny workshops
  16. Father Alberto and the Flying Girl – Father Alberto imagines an illuminated book that tells the story of his downfall. A story about kindness
  17. Daniel Climbs – a TV drama series: a woman decides to save the young man who (maybe) killed her husband
  18. Total Illegal – reverse karaoke
  19. Nightshift Variations – faulty torch songs
  20. LNK_A films – lo-fi music videos
  21. Hauntology – a TV series: police procedural / horror / ghosts on Hi-8
  22. What The Found Sound – interesting noises from the Sleepdogs collection >> into the Notebook
  23. Dave, Consumed by Fire – a TV series: Don Quixote battles austerity in a northern town
  24. Birds In Hell – a film series / installation: myths transposed into a youtube odyssey
  25. Steady State – it’s about the myths of money, and hope in endless data
  26. Tiny Alarms – an international audio drama about a kid who says she can save the world
  27. Dodon’t – a graphic novel about a stolen Dodo
  28. Babel’s Cupid – a stage play about sex and translation
  29. Costume Test* – a short film with a story hiding just inside the frame
  30. Sleepdogs – pop music, maybe

* = working title

 

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