Into rehearsals for Machines For Living. It came into being as a scratch in October 2011 and after seven more months of research and preparation we’re in the rehearsal room at last.
The research process has been a joy. A week spent in the library at The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), afternoons spent watching documentary films and, best of all, interviews with residents of tower blocks and architects.
Now we’re spending our days making the show at the wonderful Blue Elephant Theatre, where Machines For Living will open on 22 May.
Click here for more about the show or here to see photos of our rehearsals.
We’ll be unveiling poster artwork and our video trailer very soon!
Delighted to read this interview with Stuart Cox from The Blue Elephant Theatre, in which he talks about the wide-ranging and vital work BET do with young people in Southwark.
India and I were lucky enough to work on the Speak Out! Forum Theatre project he discusses at the start of the article. It really was a brilliant experience and we were lucky to work with such a fantastic group of young people.
Find out more about BET’s Community & Education work on the Participation page of their website.
Just read an article, published in The Quietus a few days ago, about Trellick Tower (below) and its use in Damon Albarn’s music videos.
Do click here for the full article, and keep your eyes peeled for Trellick in the three music videos below.
In its short lifetime, the Tower has been held up as an example of modernism’s beauty and aesthetic abhorrence. It’s been synonymous with crime, rape, drug addiction and murder, and been reborn as a trendy place to live.
You can follow this journey through the 3 videos below. And then, for good measure, watch David Guetta turn Peckham’s Aylesbury Estate (round the corner from The Blue Elephant Theatre) into a jungle gym of high-camp free-running.
We’re knee-deep in research this week, for our new show Machines For Living. Our copy of new independent film Utopia London was hand-delivered yesterday and we’re looking forward to cracking open to popcorn and watching it this afternoon!
Trailer looks fantastic. Can’t wait to meet film-maker Tom Cordell for an interview later this week. Find out more about his project here.
A couple of weeks ago, we were delighted to welcome Nicole Pschetz into our ensemble.
Nicole moved to the UK from Brazil in 2003 and trained at the International School of Corporeal Mime in London (see their excellent website here).Since then she’s toured shows all over Europe, with Theatre de L’Ange Fou and her own company Energinmotion (Facebook group here).
She’s a fantastic presence in the rehearsal room and we’re proud to be working with her.You can see some of her work in the videos below.
Keep your eyes peeled for a brand new Let Slip website and Machines For Living video trailer coming soon!