We’re nearing the end of day 8…

And things are kicking off.  So far we’ve had:

Day 1 – The Exploration Session – putting the whole company in 1 room and challenging them with activities as a group. By the end of the night, we sent off the actors and directors and started collaborating with all 4 writers to develop an arc to the entire show.

      

Day 2 and 3 – We paired up the writers with a director to begin preparation of the workshop sessions in Day 4 and 5.

Day 4 and 5 – Inspiring sessions in collaboration.

  

Day 6 – Deadline for the first draft – stunning work!

Day 7 – Checked in with director and writer pairs.

And here we are approaching the end of the day 8.  It’s been a real whirlwind and it’s just over halfway.  Props, costume, tech – it’s all crowding our heads but we look forward to our next few sessions this weekend.  The company has been absolutely fantastic.  We know this could not happen without them.

As important as the 12 day process is, we recognise the next step and invite you, as an audience member, to join the collective.

We open in less than a week and hope to see you there.

4 writers, 4 directors, 4 plays, 6 actors, 12 days — 1 group

1-5 October, 8pm
6 October, 3pm & 8pm
Camden People’s Theatre
58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY
08444 77 1000 www.cptheatre.co.uk
Tickets £12, £10 concessions

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End of day 5 already…

Time is rushing forward.  After an immense start on Wednesday exploring collective nouns and group dynamics, we had an epic weekend.  A huge congrats to our actors for giving up their entire weekend to provide inspiration to our writers.  We definitely envision the writers taking all that information (some said too much information) and scribbling furiously.  The directors were also an integral component – facilitating for the writers and helping make their ideas come to life so thank you to the entire team.

It’s been a truly awesome weekend!

It’s only the end of Day 5 though, 7 more to go.  The weekend’s a tough act to follow but we know more poignant moments and drama are to come.

More photos can be found here and join us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on our day to day antics.

     

     

The Collective Project

The time has whizzed by and The Collective Project is here. Unbelievable really.  But we’re absolutely chuffed to bits to kick it off with Day 1 in proper style.  Tonight we welcome the entire company, put them in a room, and see what happens… updates to follow.

But first, read on about where and how the project began.

What’s it all about then?
After a truly inspiring (and sold out) run of The Significant Other Festival, we re-grouped and looked at what we should do next.  We wanted to work with The Significant Other company again but how?

It took 1 night, over a bowl of Itsu curry for it all to come together (in retrospect, surprising how fast the ideas came and over curry to boot).

We wanted to:

  • challenge our artists
  • ‘force’ the company to work collaboratively
  • stick to a short timeline; we find this feeds creativity and urges the company to trust their instinct

And so The Collective Project was born.

The Numbers
We love our numbers so we chose:

4 x 12 minute plays over 12 days
4 directors, 4 playwrights, 6 actors

The Theme and Inspiration
Collaboration was the key; blurring out some of the defined roles of actor, director and playwright; groups and group behaviour – all whilst seeking out the extraordinary in the everyday.

The inspiration? Collective nouns.

colony, congregation, company, murmuration, gang, coalition, litter, pack, brace, horde, pride, family, blessing, mob, cohort, army, swarm, faculty, troupe, team, squad, bevy, troop, chapter, company, congregation, panel, gang, bench, colony, audience, band, crowd, posse, crew, choir, picket, coven, fellowship, host, dossier, bunch, rosary, galaxy, anthology

The Process
It all takes place in 12 days, so think: writing vigorously, directors facilitating and leading intensely, actors improvising and memorising furiously.  It will all come together at the end of Day 12 for performances at The Camden People’s Theatre.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date on the play-by-play of it all.

The Company
We’re pleased as punch to announce our company for The Collective Project 2012:

PLAYWRIGHTS
Mike Carter
Polly Churchill
Serena Haywood
Vanessa Wilkins

DIRECTORS
Tutku Barbaros
Nick Myles
Cat Robey
Ben Vardy

ACTORS
Oliver Britten
Adam Christopher Martin
John-Paul Conway
Siân Gordon
Danielle Nott
Carly Sheppard

 

Join Us – Tickets on sale now!

The Collective Project
1-5 October, 8pm; 6 October, 3pm & 8pm
Camden People’s Theatre
58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY
08444 77 1000 www.cptheatre.co.uk
Tickets £12, £10 concessions

4 writers, 4 directors, 4 plays, 6 actors, 12 days — 1 group