Character Portraits: Snout and Bottom!

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Snout – Tinker, Prop Maker, Player.

Snout loves Theatre. It has revolutionised how she perceives herself and the world and as such her zeal makes her into a bit of a theatre bore. However it has also meant her talent and graft has transformed her performance. Not so, her patience which is sorely tried with the others not taking it as seriously as she does.

She is cast in a variety of roles and for the Criterion Theatre is playing Lady Macbeth and Witch One.

Snout is played by Francesca Burgoyne.

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Bottom – Weaver, Player, Director.

Bottom has been entirely swept up in the play and his character. He sees himself and his destiny in the role of Macbeth and this show is the chance of a lifetime to proclaim himself the Greatest of Actors. This is a big responsibility and he is determined that the play should succeed in the way he envisions – whatever the personal cost to his friends.

He is playing only Macbeth.

Bottom is played by Jackson Pentland.

A extract of Mechanicals’ Macbeth is being performed as part of the Criterion New Writing Showcase at the Criterion Theatre from 2pm, Monday 20th November.

 

 

 

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Introducing: Francesca Burgoyne as Snout for Mechanicals’ Macbeth at Criterion Showcase!

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We are delighted to welcome Francesca Burgoyne to the team as Snout for our Mechanicals’ Macbeth performance as part of the Criterion New Writing Showcase!

Francesca graduated from East 15 in 2014 and has since worked primarily on stage. Recent theatre credits include Emilia Galotti (Countess Orsina), The Wind in the Willows (Mole), Fresh Legs (Ursula), and Three Sisters (Natasha) at the Union Theatre. She recently won the IndieWise award for best actress in the sci-fi short E.M.U and can be seen playing Kate in the web series Coping.

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Fran has previously worked with In Soulilouquy as both Lady Macbeth and Snout and we are so exited that she get’s to explore both roles again in a very different way!

Mechanicals’ Macbeth is part of the Criterion Theatre’s New Writing Showcase on the 20th November 2017, from 2pm – tickets are free but please RSVP for door list.

 

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 – 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.

Introducing: Kate Sketchley as Snout/Witch One for Mechanicals’ Macbeth: An Extract of Witches!

We’re excited to welcome Kate Sketchley to In Souliloquy as Snout/Witch One for our Mechanicals’ Macbeth: An Extract of Witches for Attila Theatre’s Parkland Pop Up Shakespeare 2017!

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Originally from Canada, Kate graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2012, and has been based in London since 2013. She has primarily worked on new writing, performing with emerging companies in Glasgow and London. Most recently she performed in Guns, Water, Monica Lewinksy, a new dance theatre piece, with Bang Bang Bang Group at The Space. She is currently writing her first play and is developing an adaptation of Othello for performance later this year.

Kate’s Spotlight.

Mechanicals’ Macbeth – A Witches Extract is on as part of Attila Theatre’s Pop Up Shakespeare event in the Crouch End Festival.

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

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Come find us near the Graffiti bridge!

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