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audio Dugout III: Warboy (and the Backboard Blues )

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Drawing upon his childhood memories of West Texas, artist, musician and writer Terry Allen has created this magical, multi-layered evening in the tradition of Southern story-telling. As Allen explains, “Dugout is a love story; an investigation into how memory is invented.”

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Jo Harvey Allen, Terry Allen, Richard Bowden and Lloyd Maines.

Featuring: Jo Harvey Allen, Terry Allen, Richard Bowden, Lloyd Maines

Easy Access (For The Boys)

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Easy Access (For The Boys) is a hard-hitting and uncomfortable play about victims of child abuse, and the challenging complexity of their relationships with their abusers.

Michael and his friend Gary were both sexually abused by their fathers. Michael, a young prostitute, is making a video diary with Gary’s help – an attempt to understand his past and the lies he has been told by his father and by himself. When his dad gets a new assistant and she and her young son move in with him, Michael’s determination to protect the child leads him to revisit the past in more ominous detail. Mixing video footage and on-stage conversations, this is a story of blame, love and confusion, in which the sufferings of the past spill over into the rage of the present.

Easy Access (For The Boys) premiered at the Drill Hall in 1998.

Lives of the Great Poisoners

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Lives of the Great Poisoners is a multidisciplinary theatre piece with elements of text, dance and song on the theme of history’s most infamous poisoners. Caryl Churchill collaborated on its creation with composer Orlando Gough and choreographer Ian Spink. It was first performed at the Arnolfini, Bristol, on 13 February 1991 in a production by Second Stride, the performance collective co-founded by Ian Spink, Siobhan Davies and Richard Alston.

The play has three parts, each featuring an infamous poisoner: Dr Crippen, who was hanged in 1910 for the murder of his wife Cora; Medea, the mythical figure who killed her ex-husband Jason’s new wife with poisoned robes; and Madame de Brinvilliers, the notorious seventeenth-century poisoner who learnt the tricks of the trade from her lover. The three stories are linked together by the figure of Midgley, an American inventor and industrial chemist.

The piece requires nine performers: four dancers, three singers, one singer/actor and one actor. Many of the scenes in the play take place between performers of different disciplines: a singer and a dancer, for instance, or an actor and a singer. The music and the text were written first and formed the backbone for the choreography, which grew out of improvisational work in rehearsal. The dance interludes were then woven into the existing text.

The Second Stride production at the Arnolfini in 1991 was directed by James Macdonald and designed by Antony McDonald with choreography by Ian Spink.

Olfactory

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Over 10,000 different smells drift across our planet in various configurations. Olfactory gives you a choice to craft your identity and to decode the invisible molecules floating through the air. Who do you want to be in the future?

This short play explores our invisible relationship with perfumes and smell, through a one-on-one performance, encased in a beautiful piece of architecture. The experience was originally presented as part of the Lyric Hammersmith's 'Theatre in the Square' season in 2012.

Project XXX

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Project XXX is a dark, romantic comedy. The story follows a feminist teenage blogger who decides it is time to prove that sex on the web is not just for men. During a rainy summer in a northern seaside town, Amy resolves to show that sexual choice is firmly in the hands of women by persuading new love interest Callum to film her first time. Meanwhile, Callum has his own issues to deal with, including a mother on the edge of a nervous breakdown and an obsession with faded porn star Jaze.

Your Last Breath

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

1876 – Christopher leaves his young family behind to work in Norway. He will map the uncharted mountains for the very first time. 1999 – Anna's body freezes after an extreme skiing accident and her heart stops. But doctors gradually warm her until it miraculously starts beating again. 2011 – Freija, a successful business woman, has just lost her father. She travels to scatter his ashes in Norway. 2034 – Nicholas explains a medical breakthrough which saved his life as a baby, whereby the human body can be 'suspended in animation.'

Spanning 150 years, Your Last Breath piece fuses movement, live piano score and video unravelling the landscapes of the heart and our own personal geographies. Winning a Fringe First Award in 2011, it was first presented at the King Dome, Pleasance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that same year. It was made in collaboration with anaesthetist Dr Vassilis Athanassoglou and advised by 'Sense About Science'.

Name given loosely to performance in which different forms, such as speech, song, dance, film or video, are mixed together. Arising in the 1960s out of experiments like happenings and influenced by pop culture, it aspires to a kind of total theatre and often overlaps with terms such as music theatre, performance art and other types of experimental theatre. A good example of the versatility of the designation is the work of Laurie Anderson (b. 1947). She constantly reinvents herself as a performer as she uses technology to explore notions of popular music and artistic iconography in highly theatrical work, from her first piece, Automotive (1972), orchestrated for car horns, to The Nerve Bible (1995), in which she triggers audio samples through electronic sensors padded in a specially designed suit, to Moby Dick (1999), a multimedia mediation on Melville’s novel.

from Charles London, The Continuum Companion to Twentieth-Century Theatre, ed. Colin Chambers (London, 2002).