In Souliloquy: Shakespeare Shaken-Up! @ Grosvenor and Hilbert Park, Tunbridge Wells.

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In association with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council we are presenting Shakespeare Shaken-Up at The Hub, Grosvenor and Hilbert Park, 7pm, Tuesday the 24th October.

The presentation/performance/discussion will include screenings of a selection of souliloquies, a live performance and facilitated discussion on our practice and this project as well as how digital/live theatre stages interact and how we as artists interact and engage with source Shakespeare texts.

We would love to see you there!

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

ET TU: Sebastian & Petruchio.

Et Tu – Sebastian & Petruchio. from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Sebastian – William Sebag-Montefiore
Petruchio – George Turner

Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
In Souliloquy is devised and produced by V&T
ET TU: Sebastian & Petruchio is part of a cycle of six dualogues.

Music: Porsch Blues Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Special Thanks to Steven M Levy and the Charing Cross Theatre.

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Introducing the first release in our ET TU series! Sebastian is loved up and wants to fix the world, Petruchio is determined his love cannot be fixed.

Jessica In Spring.

Jessica In Soulilouqy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Know your own shadows.

Performed by Diana Kessler
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

In Souliloquy is devised and produced by V&T
Jessica In Soulilouquy is a Seasonal Soliloquy.

Music:
Ever Mindful by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Mechanicals’ Macbeth – A Witches Extract – Rehearsals for Pop Up Shakespeare!

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Not sure we need to post more than our wonderful cast Kate, Jon and Yvan rehearsing in St. James’ Park today. We are very excited to be sharing our scene this coming Sunday and next Tuesday on The Parkland Walk. Come see some lovely Shakespeare for free!

The event is being run by Attila Theatre and is part of the Crouch End Festival! All free – details here: https://www.crouchendfestival.org/events/parkland-walk-pop-up-shakespeare/

Written by Tilly Lunken and William Shakespeare and directed by Victorine Pontillon this extract is part of our early R&D on a full length show.

In Souliloquy in Parkland Walk Pop-Up Shakespeare – June 2017!

We are very excited to announce we have a short extract of a longer piece in development as part of Attila Theatre’s Parkland Walk Pop-Up Shakespeare in the Crouch End Festival!

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Our piece is called Mechanicals’ Macbeth – Witches Extract and is a scene from a very exciting full-length piece currently in development! This performance is part of our R&D period on the project and we are delighted to share it with you.

Our cast – we shall be sharing more details of our team shortly!

  • Snout/ First Witch – Kate Sketchley
  • Flute/ Second Witch – Jonathan Edward Cobb
  • Starveling/ Third Witch – Yvan Karlsson

Details for this free event are here.

  • Sun, 11th June 2017 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Tue, 13th June 2017 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Introducing: Jonathan Edward Cobb as Sebastian. #EtTu @ BRIEFS.

We are pleased to announce the return of the excellent Jonathan Edward Cobb to the In Souliloquy stage. Jon is joining us to play Sebastian for Briefs (next Wednesday 5th April, Waterloo East Theatre)

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Jonathan graduated from Drama Studio London in 2014, and in 2015  was very lucky to perform out at Vienna’s English Theatre as Justin in ‘The Fox on The Fairway’. He has toured three Shakespeare productions; ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Romeo), ‘King Lear’ (Edmund) and ‘Measure for Measure’ (Lucio) with Quite Right Theatre around Italy and recently has been performing in ‘The Sentence Snatchers’ at The Rialto Theatre in Brighton. He has filmed the feature film ‘Hippopotamus’ Recently finished performing as Idle Jack in ‘Beauty and The Beast’ at The Leatherhead Theatre. He Appeared as Malvolio and Sebastian in C Theatre’s ‘Shakespeare in The Garden: Twelfth Night’ at C South (Venue 58) St Peters Church as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe.

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(You can also check out Jon’s Don John In Souliloquy here).

Introducing: William Sebag-Montefiore as Sebastian. #EtTu

We are delighted to announce William Sebag-Montefiore is joining ET TU as Sebastian after Twelfth Night. He is joining the In Souliloquy family for our first digital theatre piece of the Et Tu series!

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William trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His recent credits include the Sonnet Walks for Shakespeare’s Globe, sitcom Whipped for Koto Films and short-film Retreat by Tom Nicoll. He is co-founder of sketch group Just These, Please, member of Improv troupe Very Serious People and regularly writes for the News Revue.

You can find him on twitter @wsebag

Will is playing a Sebastian, euphoric in love and marriage – he’s not about to let any brooding Petruchio dash his hopes or temper his happiness.

 

Introducing: George Turner as Petruchio. #EtTu

We are very excited to announce for Et Tu – George Turner playing the first of our very fine characters joining the expanding In Souliloquy family – Petruchio from Taming of the Shrew.

George is playing Petruchio both for our digital theatre piece and also live on stage for Briefs (Wednesday, April 5th, Waterloo East Theatre). We are chuffed to have such a great energy in the room!

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Theatre: Barrett, A WEDDING TOO FAR, Platform Theatre. Mercutio, ROMEO & JULIET, The Hawth Ampitheatre. Mercutio, ROMEO & JULIET, Brighton Open Air Theatre. Eilert Lovborg, HEDDA GABLER, Gatehouse Theatre. Adam, SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME, The Bridewell Theatre. Steve, PINNING BUTTERFLIES, Central Saint Martins, The Royal Albert Hall. Peter, AFTER THE DANCE, Gatehouse Theatre. Tom, THE ACCRINGTON PALS, The Bridewell Theatre. Short Film: Eustace, WINKING IN THE GARDENS AT SUNSET, British Film Festival.

George plays a Petruchio who is a little bit lost, but his drunken meeting with Sebastian might just wake him up to what he has.

(Meanwhile if you are interested check out our Katherina – we reckon these two probably make a pretty fine pair).