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Dead and Breathing Q&A: Creative Team

Q&A with Sarah Booth; Dead and Breathing 

On 20 February–3 March

 

  • The Albany
  • Tuesday 20 February – Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm
  • Suitable for : 13+
  • BSL Interpreted performance: Thursday 1 March
  • TICKETS:£14
  • CONCESSIONS:£10
  • Book Here

 

It’s hilarious and touching in equal measure, with some incredible performances and looks bloody lovely if I don’t say so myself.  

What is your role in Dead and Breathing?

Designer.

What’s been the best thing about working on this production?

Working with a wonderful creative team, and being at the Unity and Albany which are both beautiful venues.

What’s been the biggest challenge of working on this production?

Finding an aesthetic for Carolyn’s (main character in the play) taste which reads to an audience. We had a lot of really interesting discussions on black/white and British/American tastes. Painting a parquet floor in a small dock was also pretty challenging!

What 3 words would you use to describe the production?

“Foul mouthed ethics.”

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Why should audiences should come and see it? 

Because it’s hilarious and touching in equal measure, with some incredible performances and looks bloody lovely if I don’t say so myself.

The Albany 20 February–3 March, 7.30pm. Suitable for : 13+ 

BSL Interpreted perfomance: 1 MarchTICKETS:£14.  Book Here

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My First Time was with an Orange Dog

Mixing a variety of genres and artforms, 154 Collective‘s innovative Dancing with the Orange Dog stretches the boundaries of storytelling. Formed of an art exhibit, theatre performance and a music gig with The Housekeeping Society, Dancing with the Orange Dog is not your typical show; it asks you to absorb what you see and hear to reflect on the stories told in different artforms, and runs here on Friday 10 October. One of their collaborative artists, Benjamin Rabe, wanted to let us know about his experience performing in the show.

We all remember our first time, right? It’s usually not great, or smooth, or exciting, but always special. Well, mine was great, smooth, exciting and special! And that even though it was lasting just for 6 mins and 32 secs!

I am talking about my first live performance during Dancing with the Orange Dog.

Dancing with the Orange Dog: is it a play? No wait, is it a collaborative art exhibit? Hold on, it really is a big music-show, no?

You guessed right, it is all of the above. Initiated by the 154 Collective (lead by Fabric Lenny and Dan Mallaghan). I got involved early on by contributing artwork I created using different apps on my iPad. It was at this time that I took my first steps in collaborative live drawing and animation projection using an iPad based app called Tagtool. I was already happy having had the chance to contribute some artwork to the show, but when I was invited to perform live projections during the play, things got really interesting.

I remember coming into the venue in Manchester for the first time, entering the immersive space Dancing with the Orange Dog created. It was a world of its own, filled with artwork, part gallery, part living room where you could connect to elements of the play before you even knew it. That was one thing. But then what followed was a tour de force 2-person play, a thick layered stack of different stories that would magically connect in the end……

Only the end wasn’t the end, there was still my 6 mins 32 secs to come! Together with Fabric Lenny and Matthew Watkins, I got my first time as a live performer during the gig from The Housekeeping Society (part 3 of the show) – did I mention it was great, smooth, exciting and special? And it **was** great, smooth, exciting and special for one reason: only because Dancing with the Orange Dog was. A great mix, an exciting mix of different facets of the arts: poetry, play, exhibition, music and live visuals.

If you have the chance to see it: do it. It’s a first time you won’t forget.

 

Benjamin Rabe for 154 Collective 

Benjamin is an Artist and Web Developer based in Hamburg. 154 Collective are pleased to collaborate with him on a regular basis.

 

Dancing with the Orange Dog runs here one night only on Friday 10 October, 7.30pm. For more information, to watch the trailer and to book, click here.

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Is Art a Form of Therapy?

Alain de Botton, founder of The School of Life , gave a secular sermon on the importance of art in giving our lives meaning, by providing therapy and solutions to life’s dilemmas. We hope this offers some hope and enlightenment for everyone this week.

Do you think art is an effective form of therapy? Let us know ways art has improved your lives.

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Follow Granny Dumpling down Deptford High Street…

Actress Sui-see Hung transforms into Granny Dumpling, taking us on an interactive culinary adventure through the shops of the high street, fetching ingredients along the way to prepare her signature dish! Yellow Earth Theatre‘s Granny Dumpling- Ba Banh It will be performed this Saturday only at 11.30am,  1.30pm  & 3.30pm.

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Written and directed by local writer Thanh Le Dang, Granny Dumpling follows the best dumpling maker in all of Deptford as she reveals her Vietnamese culinary secrets on a unique trip down Deptford High Street.

Thanh Le Dang grew up in the Vietnamese Chinese community in Deptford and Granny Dumpling explores the idea of ‘home’. It’s about a lost old lady trying to establish a home for herself. With little social benefits, she makes a humble living doing what she knows; making dumplings to sell to the local community network in a street corner and to the local supermarket ‘Lai- Loi’ (this unofficial economy actually exists). The journey is about an old lady trying to find her way home without her only daughter as she talks to her ‘little dumplings’.

This marks the second collaboration between Thanh and actress Sui-see Hung; they worked together previously on a piece called Theef that was developed for Yellow Earth’s new writing showcase Dim Sum Nights, and was voted audience favourite the night it was performed.

Find out more about Granny Dumpling- Ba Banh It and book tickets here. Ticket price includes food at Deli X.

Check out more production images (by photographer Lee Dang) below:

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