Introducing: Jeannie Dickinson as Starveling in Mechanicals’ Macbeth at Criterion Showcase!

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We are excited to welcome Jeannie Dickinson as Starveling for Mechanicals’ Macbeth at the Criterion Theatre New Writing Showcase!

Jeannie graduated from East 15 Acting school is 2014 where she did the MA Acting course having previously studied Drama at Exeter University.  Since graduating all the projects she has been involved in have been new writing, including a play she co-wrote with her peers. However she has always wanted to do Shakespearean theatre as well, and now working on Mechanicals Macbeth she has got the best of both worlds. She played the title role in an R&D of a new play ‘Ada’, about Ada Lovelace, at the Nottingham Playhouse earlier this year and recently played Eve in 5* reviewed ‘Adam & Eve’ with Broken Silence Theatre Company at the Jack Studio Theatre. 

We have worked with Jeannie on the R&D of Mechanicals’ Macbeth and also for our ‘Shakespeare Shaken-Up’ talk recently where she performed a gorgeous version of ‘Ophelia In Souliloquy.’

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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: Yvan Karlsson as Starveling/Witch Three for Mechanicals’ Macbeth: A Witches Extract!

We are delighted to welcome Yvan Karlsson to our In Souliloquy family for Mechanicals’ Macbeth A Witches Extract for Parkland Pop-Up Shakespeare 2017! Yvan is playing Starveling and Witch Three for this exciting part in our R&D.

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Since graduating from John Curtin College of the Arts in Perth, Western Australia, in 2014. Yvan has performed with Royale De Luxe on ‘THE GIANTS’, with Force Majure on their development of You, Animal You. He was an emerging artist with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre where he trained and then went on to perform in SPLAT! and Nobody Owns The Moon. As a creator, Yvan co-created Ophelia a Dance/Theatre work for FringeWorld 2016, Choreographed and performed ‘Player’ for Insitu 2016. And then Recently Yvan completed the Curious School of Puppetry in London, where he is now based.

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