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A city explored, performed.

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(All images in this post © Christian Payne)

On the 2nd and 3rd of October 2009 Theatre Writing Partnership, Stan’s Cafe and Derby LIVE brought a two-day adventure to the City of Derby. The first day was a city-wide adventure – a kind of treasure-hunt with clues and tasks that produced images, sounds and creative writing in the morning, and then a coming together of participants to produce scripts and monologues in the afternoon. The second day brought a director and 4 actors to the material, producing a performance and presentation that evening: A City Staged.

Listen to Kate Chapman explaining the first day: A City Adventure.


This was a bold and unusual experiment in theatre writing which was very exciting to be a part of, and we want to bring you just a taste of the experience through the media (audio, video, and images) produced by our two social-media documenters: Hannah Nicklin and the excellent Christian Payne (Documentally).

Here we can see two of their turning points in the adventure, which were streamed live at the time through Qik

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The days would have been nothing without the participants, who though not always privy to the big picture, traversed the tasks given to them with enthusiasm. Here we have an interview with several of them, just back from the morning’s adventure.

Participants

The material they produced was then wrought into shape by TWP’s Artistic Director Kate Chapman, and a team of four actors, here’s an interview with Gary, one of those actors, and with Kate, just half an hour before the presentation was performed.

Gary: Kate:

The presentation took the form of a collection of images and sounds recorded throughout the day, and a reading of the dramatic work written in response to the tasks undertaken. The presentation was scored by several monologues which spoke from the city of Derby’s heart – its inhabitants, its churches, and its monuments. Here is a four minute excerpt from the piece:

You can find further highlights from the two day’s images, video and audio on TWP’s Posterous. The audioboos recorded throughout the two days are the best way to follow the tasks and process in detail, and you can find them in order (complete with images and geo (location) tags) here and mapped here. This map allows you to follow Hannah and @Documentally‘s progress through the city, enabling you to listen without leaving map view.  (Massive thanks to @buddhamagnet for the mapping facility.)

We will leave you with an interview with Rochi Rampal, one of the performers, just after the performance finished, and with Jayne, one of the City Adventure participants reflecting on the feeling of seeing her writing staged.

Rochi:

Jayne:

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A City Crane

It’s here! The online task that gives you the opportunity to be a part of Stan’s Cafe and TWP’s A City Adventure.

In just 9 days 26 writers will be taking to the streets of Derby and undertaking a series of yet-unknown tasks bringing them into direct interaction with the city of Derby. Producing images, words, and sounds the participants will explore the city-spaces they walk through every day.

However because of the small number of spaces, and because many of you are spread far and wide, we wanted to offer an exciting online aspect of the adventure to allow one and all to participate. Here’s how…

The City Crane!

Follow our instructions to make a City Crane, and send us a picture of your results to have your words thrown into the mix for A City Staged on 3rd October 2009.

1. Start with a square of paper, point to the top to make a diamond

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2. Think of a familiar place in a city you know, preferably one that you share with people you don’t know. Write down words that describe this place across the middle of the diamond. Think of colours, textures, sounds, sights and smells and of ways in which the place resembles a person. Is it controlling? Is it moody? Is it accommodating?
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3. Turn the page 90 degrees anti-clockwise. Continue to describe the place, and allow your description to encompass the people that inhabit the place alongside you.
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4. Once your ink is dry, start to fold the paper into an origami crane – great instructions for this can be found here, and we’ll be follow this post up with a video of online communication officer, Hannah, folding one too.
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5. Send or link us to a picture or video of your wordy crane (from as many angles as you like) and we’ll pass it on to the actors to shape into A City Speaks. We’ll also put up a gallery of wordy cranes so you can see who else is joining in!

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Folding a City Crane

Here’s a video of Hannah folding a City Crane:

Hannah will also be taking part in the City Adventure, bringing it to you live via social media. She and a fellow conspirator will be using video, audio, pictures and tweets to give you the opportunity to follow the tasks as they happen. Follow and tune in to @TWPGoSee on the 2nd and 3rd of October or watch out for the hashtag #cityadventure.

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City Words…

On the 2nd and 3rd of October, TWP will be kicking off this year’s exciting Momentum programme. In association with Derby LIVE and Stan’s Cafe, TWP present A City Adventure.

In a truly innovative experiment 26 writers will be taking to the streets of Derby and undertaking a series of secret tasks bringing them into direct interaction with the city of Derby. Producing images, words and sounds the participants will explore the city-spaces they walk through every day. The resulting trove of material will then be worked with by professional actors, resulting in a reactive performance, The City Staged, presented the very next day. This presentation will also form the launch our next year of activities.

WE WANT YOUR CITY WORDS …

Because of the small number of spaces, and because many of you are spread far and wide, we wanted to offer an exciting online aspect of the adventure to allow one and all to participate. On the 23rd of September we will be releasing the details of an online task for those unable to attend the event. This task will allow you to produce something that will be taken on as part of the City Staged source material, and of course we’d be delighted to see you at the performance and our exciting launch party.

As well as this chance to participate online, you will also be able to follow the city adventure through two of the participants who will be using social media to document their journey. Keep an eye on the TWP twitter account @TWPGoSee for more info on who to follow, and for Posterous aggregation.

Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and this blog for information on the online task.

City Adventure

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