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6 IMPOSSIBLE THINGS
Devising: Brian Popay
Stories and music: Lou Glandfield
Directed by: Helen Newall
Lighting: Murray Stoker
Film: Andy Duggan
Impossible Film: Chris Squire
In 2013 Avanti and Artizani were commissioned by the Northern Consortia to make a show for rural venues, to ‘bring the best of the outdoors indoors’. We received an A.C.E. grant and created 6 impossible Things. The show features a revolving stage, conjuring, acrobatics, live music, sound effects, animatronics, sophisticated lighting, it also includes the most memorable and spectacular finale you will see in a village hall. Two people on the road.
I have such fond memories of that evening – it was fantastic. “A show which makes you laugh, gasp and wonder how do they do that ? “I didn’t know what to expect when these two blokes turned up with a truck full of bits. What I did know was that they cared with a passion about putting on an ambitious performance for my audience because of the care they took to make it work. They arrived with loads of time to set up, they insisted on every detail being correct, and they seemed to enjoy – almost relish – the challenge of fitting their revolving stage into my hall’s dimensions. The show was fabulous. From magic to slapstick to visuals to prop size, nothing was left to chance and full audience participation was demanded and given with pleasure. And the ending almost blew us away…literally……”
Tom Speight Promoter / The Watson Institute Castle Carrick
- Pure entertainment, we didn’t know what to expect – we were not disappointed.
- But how did you do that? No don’t tell me!
- First class, technically brilliant, imaginative and very original
- I forgot I was in a village hall, I was transported into a magical never-
never land where everything was possible!!
- Best night out that I have been to in our village hall. V. Funny.
- On the day when Hull was announced as the city of culture for 2017,
this show demonstrates what should be achieved. A wonderful
show. Brilliant use of technology.
- Unexpected! Very clever very amusing well done! • Fabulous, imaginative, creative and enjoyable
- Excellent show unbelievable good value how do they do it?
- The show was so amazing and I would recommend it everywhere.
- Fantastic show – a great evening! • A very varied entertainment! • Amazing, one of the best RTN I’ve seen, loved it!
- Wet myself, in a good way. Well done
Horse & Bamboo
The idea was to develop the end of the 20 min street show by increasing the scale and exploiting the immediate environment. We turned the terraces into a cascade of water, creating water effects from all three levels. The piece was a success and led us on to developing the idea to include other elements with a singer (Sea Ming To) live musicians, other performers and more and more water!
In Manchester in 2001 we animated the whole of the clock tower of the town hall, embedded 10 performers from Arden Theatre School into the audience. Hydromania has now become a site responsive piece that is reworked for each set of circumstances at the venue. In Bradford we paid homage to Busby Berkley with twelve professional dancers in a piece choreographed by Ruth Jones. In Ryeka we worked with a local dance company, creating the show on the opera house.
In Angers we created the largest version to date with our friends Les Grooms. 17,000 people saw the show over two nights it featured forty local volunteer performers, some professional some not and the Mayor! With the help of some amazing French technicians we produced a water effect that made the theatre disappear.
Over the years we have amassed a wealth of technical experience, how to animate buildings with beautiful water effects, how to light them and how to integrate this with other performers. We have gathered around us a crew with unparalleled experience in putting the show together in new circumstances from the ever-growing list of possibilities.
Adam Povey: Lighting / production management
Pa Boom: Pyrotechnics
Sea Ming To: Music and Performer
Pete Finegan: Pyro performance and rigging
Jonney Goodwin: Lighting design
MR LUCKYS PARTY
Directed by: Brian Popay
Designed by: Bryan Tweddle
Mr Lucky’s party was commissioned by Watch this Space at The National Theatre in 2003 and its development supported by the Arts Council of England. Mr Lucky’s Party has toured to festivals in the UK, Europe and worldwide (see below). One of Avanti’s signature shows using water as both a poetic and comic medium Mr Luckys Party is performed without text. A series of comic interactions are delivered under a continuous rainstorm, which lead to a spectacular mechanical transformation as the umbrella rises to five metres to become a fountain whilst the dour characters become glamorous, ballroom dancing lovers. Three people on the road.
Melbourne Commonwealth Games
Tampere Theatre Festval
Festival aan de Werf
Mystic Monty features beautiful automata construction from
Bryan Tweddle, (I.O.U, Whalley Range Allstars, Hoodwink) the surreal and oddball literary skill of Neil
Hornick (Phantom Captain) and the comic insight and experience of Brian Popay (Natural Theatre Company, Fine Artistes) The performance lasts ten minutes and is designed to be repeated over the day or evening, making it partly a walk act and partly a show. One person on the road. Suitable for any event indoors or out.
Conceived and devised by: Bill Palmer & James Macpherson
Designed: Bryan Tweddle
Construction: Ian Broscombe
Writer/Composer: Lou Glandfield
Taxidermy: James Dickinson
Contributing Artists: Dave Southall, Paul and Chris Cyzainski
An intricate and beautiful casket is paraded through the streets. There are two attendants, serious and deadpan, there is a clanking percussive sound track. They choose six lucky passers-by to wear headphones and peep inside where they hear a short poem an argument and a song. The casket contains a stunning illusion which will baffle and charm even the most cynical as they witness the birth of a new species. When the inner story ends the six look back to the surrounding audience who have been transformed. The show, which lasts around ten minutes, then repeats over a forty to sixty minute period. Funded by The Arts Council of England and supported by Without Walls Reliquary is part of a two year collaboration with Artizani. Two people on the road.
Chris Spring – The Argus Brighton 2015
THE SPURTING MAN
Devised by Bill Palmer and Mike Lister
Directed by Emil Wolk
Performed by Bill Palmer and Trevor Stuart
Since 1995 when the show was first created, Avanti have presented ‘The Spurting Man’ on four continents and in nineteen different countries. One of the classic European street theatre shows The Spurting Man has met with popular and critical acclaim wherever it has played. Still very much in demand today after twenty years this show is designed to fly on the personnel baggage allowance for two people, punching well above its weight in terms of scale for a two-person show. It is poetic and spectacular, funny and beautiful and after all these years, as the layers of greasepaint build up on the costumes, it seems more and more poignant. Two people on the road.
From an essay by Cath Staincliffe from Paul Herrmann’s book ‘Playing with Fire’.
Devised by: Bill Palmer, Paschale Straiton and Peter Finegan
Technical help Dave Southall
Supported by Arts Council England, 101 Creation Centre, GDIF and Bath Fringe
A series of actions intrigues the audience; each action draws them into the evolving performance. They are asked to understand and help. They become more than a group of strangers watching a show they become complicit in it and ultimately have to decide how the performance will end. With their help we construct a four meter high, tower of metal buckets. The tower contains 120 buckets and will have a volunteer, selected from the audience, walled up inside as part of this process.
The volunteer for this role is a performer from the host festival or city who will be rehearsed and trained by the company before the performance. They will be given instruction in the safety and structure of the piece. It will not be obvious to the audience that the volunteer has any prior knowledge of their involvement. They will apparently have been chosen at random from among the audience.
When the tower has been completed cords are attached to the base and passed to four members of the circle of spectators giving them the power to collapse the tower.
The audience members have to decide what to do, pull the rope and collapse the tower?
The final decision ‘pull or not’ is literally in their hands.
- Self contained
- No technical support required
- Two people on the road
- An opportunity for a local performer
- Duration 40 mins
Funded by Arts Council England and supported by 101 creation centre, GDIF and Bath Fringe
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