Current and past projects and events

 

2018 Gulp! (R&D)

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In August 2018 we will be Artists-in-Residence at Arts Depot, researching our new family show, Gulp!, an interactive piece about our relationship to water.

Where does it come from, what’s in it, what do we do with it? And why do we buy it in bottles?

A furious mermaid might make an appearance…
And some oily fish, and definitely some fishy oil…
A billion plastic bottles? A paddling pool!

2018 Frozen Orchids

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In May, 2018 Adam will direct a site-specific performance in and around Highbury Hall, Birmingham, with University of Birmingham Drama students.

2015-18 Where’s My Igloo Gone?

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A fun, interactive family show about our environment, climate change and a little girl called Oolik whose igloo is melting…  Can you help her? Development supported by Arts Council England, Birmingham University and mac birmingham.

2016 Ice People at ArtCOP, Paris

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2014-14 Water Way R&D

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A research project investigating the canals of Stoke-on-Trent, the people who live near them, and the stories they tell. It focused on the possibility of creating a multi-media performance experienced from the vantage point of a canal boat, as the light begins to fall. A collaboration with Orit Azaz, commissioned by Appetite Stoke and supported by the Friends of Hanley Park.

2014-15 Chocolate – The Cabaret!

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A witty cabaret-style show with a live band, exploring the world of chocolate and big business. In development.

 

Chocolate. Mmmmm! Most of us have a meaningful relationship with it – passionate about our favourite bars, we buy it to say ‘thank you’, we treat ourselves to it, we drown our sorrows with it. Chocolate – the Cabaret! is a witty, darkly comic exploration of chocolate, the people who eat it and the people who make and sell it…

We were thrilled to receive a commission from the Selly Oak Arts Forum to make a ‘scratch’ of the show, which we presented at ArtSOAK 2014, then at West Yorkshire Playhouse (in association with Musical Theatre Network), and at PILOT Nights, mac birmingham and First Bite 2017. We’ve got a band, some cracking songs, and audiences get free chocolate! View the trailer here

Cocoa and the Chocolate Drops (from Chocolate – The Cabaret!) were invited to appear in KILN’s Dirty Grotto at Birmingham Rep in December 2015. Now, that was fun….!

Supported by Arts Council England, Selly Oak Arts Forum, mac birmingham, PILOT nights, Sir Barry Jackson County Fund.

Igloo Project (digital development)

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A series of two (at the moment) interlinked projects. We started with Igloo, a multi-sensory participatory performance experience exploring climate change. Selected to pitch at the 2013 ISAN conference. Supported by the CATH Project (AHRC/University of Birmingham).

2012-16 Caravania!

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An intimate, participatory experience for a family audience, exploring micronations and imaginative citizenship.
Caravania! – a playful, interactive experience for  people of all ages. A micronation formed of a real-life old touring caravan and its awning! Children (aged 4 upwards) and their adults join us in the caravan for a tour of Upper Caravania, where we play on the beach, journey into space, daydream a little and pay a trip to the chemical loo – which turns everything blue!

 Everyone else is invited to take part in a range of fun (and sometimes thought-provoking) activities in Lower Caravania (the awning), where you can design your own country and laws, colour in your own caravan, and vote on important matters of state! 

After a fantastic run of ‘try-out’ dates at mac birmingham and Birmingham Hippodrome’s Six Summer Saturdays in summer 2013, we had a great tour, travelling to the National Theatre and our first rural touring gigs for Spot On. We were selected for the 2014 NRTF Showcase in York,  and brought out Betty the caravan once again for the RSC, in September last year. 

Supported by The University of Birmingham, mac birmingham, Arts Council England and Birmingham Hippodrome.

 Touring 2013 onwards. Selected for the National Rural Touring Showcase 2014.

2012 Blah blah blah 2: The Irigaray Lecture

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Comic participatory performance ‘lecture’ about how we communicate with each other. Collaboration with Graeme Rose. Selected for Fierce Festival Pilot Night 2012.

2011 Blah blah blah 1

Blah_1 copyVoice-based performance exploring word-based language and communication . Collaboration with Graeme Rose. Performed at the Red Gallery, Hull, as part of Ad:Lib7, in association with Compass Live Art.


 

2010 Noisy Stories. 

Solo extended voice performance/participatory performance exploring how primary schoolchildren respond to ‘extended voice’. Bricknell Primary School, Hull. Collaboration with Kate Hale. Commissioned by Hull City Council.

2009 Scared of Heights

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Jill performs acrophobia on the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, as part of Antony Gormley’s ‘One & Other’ project

2008 Car Park Show No.1

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A solo site-specific performance in and about Osborne St Car Park, Hull. Commissioned by the Humber Mouth Festival.

2007 Voice In-Site

Aarhus, Denmark. 'Voice In-Site' - 'Echoing lament into the underground car park'

The company is invited to Aarhus, Denmark, to create a solo site-specific performance in five hours, as part of Om Laboratoriet’s workshop/experiment, Meeting No. 1.

2006 Jill undertakes further training in extended voice work with the Roy Hart Theatre in France. Funded by Hull City Arts.

2005 A Soundscape of our City

A new vocal performance piece commissioned by the Humber Mouth Festival, directed by Jill in collaboration with the Soundscape group.

2005 Voice workshops: a series of workshops commissioned by the Humber Mouth Festival.

2004, 2006 Again

DSCF0134An original devised one-woman performance about life, death, fear and a desire for wings. Textual input by Craig Baxter. Songs by Jill Dowse. Performed by Jill Dowse and directed by Adam Ledger. 

Invited to the Dublin Fringe Festival and described as ‘a small wonder’ by the Evening Echo. Commissioned by The Granary Theatre, additional support from Cork City Council and University College Cork. 

Again toured the UK in 2006, in a co-production by Foursight Theatre, funded by Arts Council England.

2004 Invited to take part in a season of contemporary European plays at the Granary Theatre, Cork. Adam directs the Irish premiere of Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers.

2004 Jill leads a series of workshops exploring voice in performance. Granary Theatre, Cork.

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