So it’s the morning of the last day installing Exodus Steps. We have been working long, long hours as our ambition for the show has grown to match the scale of the Skirball Cultural Center’s campus.
On Saturday I led a fun workshop with about 35 teachers. They came up with their own mini-steps scenes. There were lots of great ideas but the one that got my adrenalin pumping placed me within an American Football game. After the workshop I descened to the venue’s cellar and ran all the show’s text through the plotter before returning to our apartment to spend until late into the night picking out the lettering from all the vinyl text. Where’s Simon been all this time, Venice Beach? No, he’s been stranded without the car sat at his laptop setting up the hundred of footsteps and other graphic devices needed for the show.
On Sunday Simon and I were joined by local help Kiki to spend the day in the Skirball cellar cutting out all the rest of the vinyl, picking out unwanted pieces, applying transfer tape to the delicate pieces, cutting items apart and laying them out down the long service corridor, a pile for each scene. Then, at 17:30 we started sticking the first scene. This took us three hours, but it does look great and gave the Docents something to look at.
‘Docent’ appears to be the local word for ‘Invigilator’. First thing on Monday morning they all gathered for a lecture on forthcoming exhibitions at the center. I was the first act on and spend about an hour talking them through Steps, how it should work, how it has worked and how they can help it work here. It took a while to tune into this new audience but we had fun in the end. One of the things I have loved about my time here is that people’s default setting appears to be positive: “this is going to be great” rather than “this is bound to be rubbish”.
The rest of the day was spent sticking, sticking, sticking. There have been many technical improvements for this show. Their plotter has a stand (this helps), their transfer tape has a dispenser (this helps), they have bothered to buy a too specifically designed for weeding out unwanted vinyl (this helps), they have a trolly we can put all our kit on (this helps), we have created a mini filing system in two crates for all the different kinds of footprints we are using (this helps) and Simon got to drive a scissors lift to initiate the plagues (which both helped and appeared to be fun). We worked until we started to slow down and make errors.
Late last night Simon was sorting out designs for the final bits of missing vinyl.
Now it is Tuesday and we are up and off for the final push.
This week Kindle Theatre bring The Furies out of hibernation for some choice dates in the wondrous cities of Cambridge and Wolverhampton. The Furies is theatre which resembles a rock gig. It’s a glam-rock music-driven interpretation of Aeschylus’s tale of Clytemnestra, in which the three vengeful Furies are summoned to exact punishment upon a brutish Agamemnon.
also appearing in the home town;
This will be exciting year for Kindle. The company has just enlisted the services of an independent producer, Jo Salkilld and are putting together a programme of work for the coming year, to include development of the solo projects previewed at Bristol Ferment last month and the development of ‘Come Heavy Sleep’, a new music-theatre twist on Othello, tantalisingly glimpsed in a work-in-progress at the RSC/Pilotnight event last July. Before then however, audiences will have to fend off the …. TERRIFYING SOUND OF THE FURIES !!!!!
Awarded funds from ACE’s Catalyst programme as part of a consortium with other theatre companies.
THE FURIES smashes together rock, metal and soul songs with text and poetry to drastically retell the Greek tragedy of Clytemnestra.
“They use their voice and bodies as weapons…they are a force of nature” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Told through the eyes of Clytemnestra’s band of ‘Furies’, this is the ultimate tale of envy, rage and revenge. The band is fronted by three very different women; Vivienne Vengence (curvaceous and operatic), Alexa Envy (a luscious snakelike blonde), and Bobbi Rage (an androgynous Bowie-esque creature with a deep voice).
The Furies is a theatrical gig by Kindle Theatre. This show hits you in the gut; it is loud, beautiful, unforgiving and passionate. The music is all original and the effect is a knowingly dramatic, liberating and uninhibited theatrical event for anyone who loves to let it all out.
Commissioned by mac birmingham
from an idea developed at China Plate’s The Darkroom
Supported by Arts Council England and The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, Birmingham REP.
With thanks to Paul Burns and Dance Xchange.
CLICK HERE to listen to the audio trailer (recorded live at Supersonic Festival, Oct 2011
“Straight out of a Ken Russell hallucination…there’s a sense that anything could happen” THE QUIETUS
“THE FURIES is irresistible, unforgettable, theatrical fireworks” BE FEST
“Joan Jett, Ramones, Bowie, Rocky Horror, Angela Carter… Fantastic – they had the audience in their palms” Audience comment
“A show of incredible virtuosity and raw viscerality” FOREST FRINGE
Created, written & performed by Kindle.
In collaboration with: Graeme Rose: Direction, Phill Ward: Guitars & Bass, Russell Collins: Drums, Keys & Sax. Vocal Direction: Jill Dowse, Vocal Training: Margaret Pikes, Jewellery Design: Ami Victoria Pepper, Casey Fenn, Yuanying Cai and Sally Collins. The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University
Lighting Design:Ben Pacey, Lighting Operator: Will Ingham, Sound Engineer: Jonathan Blackford. Photography: Alex Brenner, Bianca Harvey & James Smith, Illustration: Joe Wray
29th June 2013, fitt festival, Tarragona, Spain – outdoor performance.
4th May 2013, GIFT Festival, Gateshead
23rd March 2013, Theatre Fever, A.E Harris Birmingham
1st March 2013, Wolverhampton Arena
27th February 2013, Cambridge Junction
9 June 2012, PULSE FESTIVAL, Ipswich
2 June 2012, ACT FESTIVAL, Bilbao
18 & 19 May 2012, MAYFEST, Bristol
9th – 26th Feb 2012, VAULT FESTIVAL @ Old Vic Tunnels, London
22nd Oct 2011, mac birmingham in association with SUPERSONIC FEST
24th & 25th Aug 2011, FOREST FRINGE, Edinburgh
6th July 2011, BE FESTIVAL @ AE Harris Birmingham