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.
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!
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).
For the past few months I’ve been re-releasing our Souliloquies on my personal blog with some notes on the writing, performance, process etc. It’s nice to take the time to not only share a bit more of the process but also think back and reflect on the intensity of production and how far we came across the four cycles.
Today I shared Don John our final souliloquy from the 4 2016 Cycles – it feels appropriate to mark the occasion with a reflective blog because it is pretty momentous. We produced 24 original new pieces of writing in 6 months! From the idea right through the writing, casting, direction, filming, editing, release and all the associated social media and admin – that is a lot of work. It’s quite satisfying as a writer!
You can check out the blog about Don John here – and click on through for other insights about the other characters across our 4 cycles – they’re all there!
Interestingly, Don John was a character I had expressed an interest in writing way back in Cycle 1 but he kept getting bumped down our spreadsheet. He doesn’t say much and the productions I had seen pitted him as a very panto villain but we were determined to do him at some point and this was last chance saloon.
Boy does he kick down those doors and hold you up!
Thanks to everyone who has watched our 2016 Cycles – here’s another chance to dive in and sample a few more – discover new sides to loved characters or find out about someone you didn’t know existed.
As part of our continuing management and growth of this platform we have diversified our social media to instagram – we have the same handle as our twitter @insouliloquy and are already busy posting #behindthescenes photos, stills and various bits and pieces from existing and new work.
Both of us love instagram. It’s a platform we enjoy as well as twitter – so please come check us out. One of the key pieces of new content we are launching on this platform is #ShakesHead – a talking heads doodle web comic with Shakespeare’s bust and Yorick having a rather one sided conversation. It’s pretty simple but totally cute.
At the moment it’s very low tech, non-fancy but we shall see how it develops as we potter along. #ShakesHead is a little ambitious – certainly in terms of zines.
We will be cross posting, some of the content here to the blog – collating a (optimistically) weekly #ShakesHead blog post for example. In the mean time – we’d love to see you there!
When people ask us about 2016 and what we achieved it’s often quite overwhelming to communicate the scale of In Souliloquy and the amount of work we actually did across the year. This started as a little project and has evolved into anything but that – although at it’s core it remains essentially what we set out to do. To celebrate Shakespeare, his work and to reclaim the voices of characters lost in the plays and time since.
We’ve grown too, as producers and artists. Our vision has opened up and we are very excited to bring new creations to you in 2017.
Thank you to everyone who has collaborated with us this year, your time, talent and work has been essential to the ongoing success of this project. Thank you to those who voted on that terrible website, supported by viewing our videos and put up with us talking Shakespeare all the time. We are pretty chuffed with your support and confident we can reward it by continuing to make good art (hat tip Neil Gaiman) this new year.
Important news to share in for our ongoing Snout project and how you can be involved. What initially started as a one off cycle has expanded into an ongoing project. Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm!
Making a stop motion animation with the penguin above. Wilston as he is known is our worldly representative from Antarctica. As much as we anticipate working with people from all over the world (yay!) – we thought we’d cover the big ice-y south continent.
Having said that if you know someone working down in Antarctica, or living anywhere who is a performer who might be interested in contributing to our #WallForAll – we would LOVE to be put in touch to continue building this project. We are looking for more collaborators and people interested, the more diverse and varied the better.
Our next batch will be released in early 2017 but we are looking for people interested beyond that.
This project was always about connecting people but we are now actively pitching it as a narrative disrupting-art-winning-unite-the-world thing. What better way to continue the celebration of Shakespeare’s work than to make new work inspired by one of his most beloved characters that links us all in new ways.