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. A Million Tiny Glitches – an electronic musical about grief
  2. Ocean Confessions – an augmented audio headphone piece, to be experienced at night, at the edge of the sea
  3. SUPERNOVA – an immersive installation that takes inspiration from the speed of sight
  4. The Chord – a novel. Five girls form a band to play a single chord, forever
  5. A Broken Consort – a feature film: music / horror / darkness
  6. Birds In Hell – Birds makes beats on her phone, and also uses it to record her descent into the underworld
  7. BUZZARD – a stage play (with dancing) about two people who earn their living as a Birthday Buzzard
  8. Steady State – it’s about the myths of money, and hope in endless data
  9. Sleepdogs Studio – audio dramas by Sleepdogs
  10. Dark Land Light House – an augmented reality (re)version of our theatre show about a lighthouse in space
  11. Father Alberto and the Flying Girl – Father Alberto imagines an illuminated book that tells the story of his downfall. A story about kindness
  12. Costume Test – a short film with a story hiding just inside the frame
  13. I Will Do It For Science – a short sci-fi film concerning procreation, with material shot a decade apart
  14. Nightshift Variations – faulty torch songs
  15. Do You Love Me Now – music by Tanuja
  16. Babel’s Cupid – a stage play about sex and translation
  17. TOTAL ILLEGAL – reverse karaoke
  18. Bad Actor– punk comedy about a terrible actor in London, 1812
  19. Version Control – adaptations >> into theatre
  20. Phosphenes – other people’s writing >> into Sleepdogs
  21. Circadial – place-specific, live improvised gig, finding ghost music in field recordings
  22. LNK_A films – lo-fi music videos
  23. Heartworm – a stage play about a quantum house guest
  24. Daniel Climbs – a TV drama series: a woman decides to save the young man who (maybe) killed her husband
  25. Hypergothic – audio series: tales from a bad-ass hypergothic world
  26. Save All – short stories told in augmented reality, about augmented reality
  27. The Collect – because sometimes ideas work together and sometimes they kill each other
  28. Tiny Workshops – tiny workshops
  29. Good Number – a stage play: a bluesman, a song collector, an electric chair
  30. Hartcliffe – short film following a professional bully

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