In Souliloquy Revisited Monologues!

A reminder of the gorgeous reinterpretation we received from Katharine Hardman with the stills from her Ophelia I nSouliloquy Revisited below:

 

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Introducing: Sophie MacKenzie as Mariana for ET TU.

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We are delighted to announce Sophie MacKenzie as Mariana for our next ET TU release. Sophie’s spotlight: https://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/4373-0194-6737 details her theatre work, she is a musician as well as a visual artist. https://www.instagram.com/_powerful_man/

Our Mariana is beginning to feel a little trapped in the web of her own happily everafter. Luckily her new bff Bianca has wine and good heart.

Introducing: Tilly Lunken as writer of Mechanicals’ Macbeth!

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Reintroducing our writer for Mechanicals’ Macbeth – Tilly Lunken.

Tilly studied Creative Writing/Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne (First Class Honours) and has an MA in Creative Writing: Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia (Distinction) (Skillset Approved) where she was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Development Award. She is a graduate of both the Royal Court and Menagerie YWPs and has been mentored through the Little Angel Theatre and Norwich Puppet Theatre.

She is the co Artstic Director and writer of In Souliloquy. She completed the Criterion Writing Program under the tutelage of Greg Mosse where Mechanicals’ Macbeth is being performed in November and is writing a Christmas Show Fran and the Littlest Reindeer. Tilly also teaches masterclasses in writing, devising and dramaturgy for visual theatre and puppetry. She is a member of feminist writing collective Nevertheless She and is co-writing The People’s Rock with them for Vaults Festival 2018.

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Twitter: @theatreofwords

Mechanicals’ Macbeth is being performed at the Criterion Theatre as part of a New Writing Showcase on the 20th November, from 2pm. All free and all welcome, just rsvp for doorlist!

ET TU: Iachimo & Goneril.

Et Tu – Iachimo & Goneril. from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

 

Iachimo – Tom Pepper
Goneril – Jennifer Aries

Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakepeare’s King Lear and Cymbaline.
Et Tu – Iachimo & Goneril is part of our ET TU series of dualogues.

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Music: Kevin MacLeod gymnopedie 3 – Satie (incompetech.com)
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Special thanks to the gorgeous Crooked Well pub in Camberwell!

New 2017 In Souliloquy Trailer!

Why hello there – we have a gorgeous new trailer pulled together by Victorine to celebrate both our body of work (go on check out our portfolio) and in anticipation of what is to come.

It features familiar faces from our talented collaborators – especially the wonderful voice of Lydia Lane as Marina. An edited down version of her monologue voices over the footage of our work.

As always all directed by Victorine and written by Tilly (Orlando and Margaret of Anjou written by Victorine).

In development at the moment

  • The rest of our ET TU series
  • Summer Seasonal Souliloquy
  • Autumn Seasonal Soulilouuy
  • Mechanicals’ Macbeth!

 

Please enjoy this reminder and stay tuned for more new work soon!

Updates on Writing, R&D, supportive frameworks and spreadsheets.

A lot of writing involves things other than writing – there is a lot of thinking, a lot of dreaming, a lot of procrastinating doing other things. There is also, depending on the project a lot of planning and working out the scaffolding of everything and how it works (the dramaturgy) and other research.

If you are lucky much of stuff that surrounds actual writing can be collaborative, especially in theatre. For Mechanicals’ Macbeth we have done some R&D with the concept and idea and also performers playing around with situations. It is a work of intricate layers and structures and is actually very complicated. Once written and in production it will hopefully not feel complicated – but the depth that supports what you will see on stage will be strong and supportive and allow the comedy to entertain. It was in recognition of this that we made the decision to not write it in isolation but to open out the consultation around the writing and engage with other perspectives. (You can still do our R&D survey here)!

It’s also worth mentioning here that having a supportive and involved director is the best thing ever! It’s so important to creativity to surround yourself with other artists that you connect with – especially when embarking on such a big project.

So, onto some Behind The Scenes/ Process:

Source and Structure.

In the case of much of In Souliloquy work we have a source text and character. With Mechancials’ Macbeth there are two source texts – Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth – the whole plays as well- not just one through-line/character journey. There needs to be a lot of deep interrogation of the source material for a show such as this and it has been a delight to rediscover these texts in constantly new and different ways. We are consciously using the structural layers of these works in Mechanicals’ – to underscore our new narrative journey.

Story.

From this, together we have knocked out the structure and story and timeline of the play. In some ways this is quite similar to devising/making a show – because you are building it in a different way to just writing it. This isn’t about writing to particular beats or hitting particular points at particular times – more so managing a lot of characters and a lot of action and knocking that into something that makes narrative sense and is fun to watch.

Characters.

We have six Mechanicals’ characters (Quince, Snout, Bottom, Snug, Flute and Starveling) – these characters from Midsummer are then of course cast in Macbeth. Them dipping in and out of these is super fun but needs to be precise in the writing, direction and performance. We also have a new original character that interacts with the others in a puckish role and brings our ensemble to seven. It is key to us that no character let’s lost in the mayhem and it doesn’t become “the Bottom show.”

As part of our character work we have been exploring the physical aspects of the group and are working with Shelley Knowles-Dixon as a movement director. This is really exciting in terms of fleshing out characters!

Spreadsheets.

This is the first play I have written that I have felt compelled to put structures etc. into a spreadsheet. With seven characters and lots of action it is going to prove super useful once the first draft is written to check in with. Hopefully it will also prove useful with directing choices and scene transitions and all the other times when everything is confusing and your brain is like “you know what would be really useful at this point? A spreadsheet.” Looking at the structure like this as well as in dot points is also useful as you can fill out extra character columns, and crucially also running time.

It’s a beautiful thing.

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Consultation/Collaboration.

We’ve been doing wider R&D!

Thank you to: Jackson, Kate, Emma, Shelley,Jeannie, Ivana, Jodi, Nicole for your in person participation and everyone who so far has completed our survey. It’s actually super useful and has already helped inform what goes into the show or how we approach mashing Midsummer into Macbeth more that we initially thought we might.

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We have lots of lovely big roles of paper for mapping out big ideas – and it’s been just fabulous to work with such a lot of people giving time and thoughts to the project.

So there you are, stuff is moving, things are happening and in exciting news out of all this actual proper writing is happening. The script is pulling together! It is moving – we are on the way. Honestly, writing is at times isolating. But it helps to know, just as our dramaturgy of Mechanicals’ Macbeth holds up the story – my director, R&D participants, performers we have cast and our In Soulilouqy team hold up me.

Much Mecanicals’ love.

Tilly x

Mechanicals’ Macbeth R&D Survey!

We are well into R&D for Mechanicals’ Macbeth and it’s chugging along very nicely – we are using lots of wonderful brains and lots of paper and fleshing out our Big Fat Idea into a play.

As part of this we have a survey that we would love you to participate in! A few questions that open out our process to a bigger net of people.

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I’m sure that the collated answers will end up on a huge roll of paper! You don’t have to be a super Shakespeare or Theatre person to participate. All we need is a little bit of your time. You can access our google form HERE.

Thank you so much! We truly appreciate each and every response.