A finished version of our 2015 ‘scratch performance’ of Black Dog Gold Fish. Inspired by a true story, the show unveils what it’s like to live with depression. Told through an unlikely friendship between a man and a dead goldfish, featuring a pillow fish and a dancing finale.
Supported by a generous grant from the Arts Council England, and performed at the Hen & Chicken's Theatre.
Black Dog Gold Fish I.
Part fiction, part autobiography, Black Dog God Fish tells the story of one employee’s quest to liberate the fish - and himself - from an aquarium the holiday season left behind.
Using evocative visual story-telling and featuring an unlikely friendship with a dead, revenge-seeking goldfish, Black Dog Gold Fish explores one man’s unwhirling mind and his journey into the abyss of depression.
The show was first performed at the Vault Festival London 2015 and produced by the good people of Kickstarter. We continue developing Black Dog throughout 2016 with the kind support of Arts Council England.
Meet the last ones standing in a block of deadbeats, floozies, mermaids and Michael Bolton impersonators, as we invite you to join them on a late night trip to the dead-end of nowhere.
Leave your morals and the door and prepare for the worst, because noone likes Michael Bolton anymore. With cinematic design, surreal humour, film noir, live music and tigers.
Bolton Cabaret was performed as part of the Festival Club at Summerhall at Edinburgh Fringe 2012 and was produced by Parrot in the Tank.
Just Below The Above
In a hub of crossed wires, radio waves and jumbled technology a terminally jaded inventor accidentally catches the sound of a voice that will change his life forever. As he desperately seeks to capture her words, his struggle leads him beyond the confines of his make-shift laboratory and into a world consisting of satellites, sounds and stars.
Accompanied by original compositions and sound, the show draws together visual trickery, mime and design in a surreal exploration of communication breakdown, set against a background of buzzing inventions and fizzing electricity.
The show premiered in the West End’s Arts Theatre in 2008, before touring Slovakia (Galeria Jana Koniarka, Synagoga, Stanica) and being part of the Paradise Gardens Festival 2008 in Victoria Park.
Set against a hazy 1980s backdrop and inspired by the heyday of British darts, Champagne Breakfast tells the story of Norman Younger, a world championship darts player fallen from fame.
Told visually through a blend of sound, lighting and performance and seasoned with surreal comedy, the story follows Norman 10 years after the near-fatal heart attack that ended his career. Now – with a limited number of heartbeats left to live – he retreats from the world of darts forever. By leading a dull homebound life with his brother, board games and TV shows, he could prolong his life. But where’s the fun in that?
Champagne Breakfast premiered at artsdepot on 14th & 15th October 2011, following a scratch performance there in November 2010 and an Artist Residency at Divadlo Poton in Batovce, Slovakia in September 2011.
The process was mentored by Inspector Sands and produced by the kind heart of the Arts Council England, Foyle Foundation and artsdepot’s Associate Artist programme.
Set in a framework of illogical thought-processes, Freeman Gallop follows the movements of Hat as she sifts through memories hung out on her washing line. Using a synthesis of live action and media, delicate object animation, sound, circus-inspired movements and poetic text, the show tells a story of a girl named Hat caught somewhere between living and dreaming.
This performance was first developed for the Student Puppetry Festival in association with the Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre. It then went on tour to the ICA, The Scenofest Stage (Prague Quadrennial 2007) and Grad Teater (Budva, Montenegro 2007).