Today is World Mental Health Day, and so we're publishing our new Mental Health Policy, developed through MAYK’s participation in Arts Council England’s Agent for Change programme.
A Million Tiny Glitches is a new, modern, electronic musical for theatre, created by Sleepdogs and produced by MAYK. Seed commissioned by Bristol Old Vic Ferment and the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Financially supported by Arts Council England.
We are looking for 2 actors to be part of the very first phase of Research & Development (R&D) in June/July 2017 and we hope you’ll be interested. About the project A Million Tiny Glitches will be a new, electronic musical for theatre exploring the experience of grief in a modern world. Musically influenced by artists like Bjork, ANOHNI, Nine Inch Nails and FKA Twigs; and narratively inspired by storytellers like Haruki Murakami, Jim Jarmusch and China Mieville, we want A Million Tiny Glitches to feel undeniably modern in tone, and emotionally vivid without being sombre.
This first phase of research will focus on exploring music and vocal styles, plus some experiments with dialogue and movement. Further project info click here.
Who we are looking for
Eventually, we want the cast of A Million Tiny Glitches to be at least 50% actors of colour and we are prioritising meeting actors of colour for the R&D.
We are looking for male and female actors with professional experience, over the age of 18, who are confident with both song and naturally spoken dialogue.
We are looking for actors who are comfortable exploring vocal techniques more associated with modern electronic pop music, rather than conventional musical theatre.
We’re looking for actors who are happy to experiment with dance and movement – but we’re not necessarily looking for trained dancers.
At this early R&D stage, we are not casting specific characters. We are looking for actors who are excited by open exploration and non-traditional theatre processes. Especially at this early stage of development, we’re looking for collaborators with imagination, playfulness and a willingness to try new ideas (and sometimes fail at them) in an effort to find the most interesting ways to tell a story.
Residency dates & Fee
R&D week in Ipswich: Monday 19 June – Friday 23 June.
Work in progress showing in Bristol: 2 days in the week of 17 July
Fee: £800 plus non-local travel and accommodation.
If you would like to apply
Please send a CV and headshot or spotlight link to: firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Friday 12 May 2017.
It’s really helpful to see video showreels, so if you have any clips online, please make sure you send us the links.
Tuesday 23 May, 2 – 5pm, at Ovalhouse, London.
For actors from outside London, we’ll do our best to contribute to travel costs for the audition.
ABOUT SLEEPDOGS & MAYK
Sleepdogs is a collaboration between director/producer Tanuja Amarasuriya and writer/composer Timothy X Atack. We make theatre, film and audio work, characterised by inventive storytelling and intricate sound design. Our work has been developed and presented nationally and internationally including at: the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Seattle International Film Festival, NexT International Film Festival (Bucharest), Brighton Festival, Live Theatre (Newcastle), Pulse Festival (Ipswich), Manchester Royal Exchange and BIOS (Athens). We are residents at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio.
MAYK is a theatre producing organisation that collaborates with artists and audiences to make exciting things happen in unusual ways. MAYK curate and produce Mayfest, Bristol's international festival of contemporary theatre. MAYK also develop, present and tour new work by artists including Still House, Sleepdogs, Firebird Theatre and Sam Halmarack.
MAYK are delighted to be working with The British Paraorchestra and Jo Bannon, who have today been awarded funding through Unlimited, a three-year commissioning and support programme for disabled artists. MAYK will work with both to produce new work over 2017 and 2018.
The British Paraorchestra – Velocity
The British Paraorchestra is the world's first large-scale professional ensemble of disabled musicians, a boundary-breaking outfit that is unlike any orchestra you've seen or heard. Their mission is to perform phenomenal music that captivates an audience, pushing the artform and proving beyond a doubt that disability is no barrier to talent.
Velocity will be a music performance piece devised by Paraorchestra musicians with Goldfrapp's Will Gregory. The brief is for a long-form composition with an added dimension. For the first time, Will's music will be crafted to be danced to as well as played. Partnering with a six-person integrated dance company, this is the perfect evolution for Paraorchestra's unorthodox approach. Will's trademark electronic soundscapes, plangent melodies and obsessive rhythms will provide the perfect vehicle, both for the Paraorchestra's strange and hypnotically-eclectic line-up, and for a brace of dancers.
Jo Bannon – We Are F**ked
'We must no longer be objects of desire, but subjects of our own desires’ – Susan Sontag.
Jo Bannon will create a new group performance work called We Are F**ked, a new large scale performance and participatory project exploring the internal and external experiences of female desire, sexuality and neoliberalism. Led by leading female disabled artist Jo Bannon as director/choreographer and performer, We Are F**ked will bring together a diverse company of performers and participants who identify as female to contribute to the work.
As well as a large-scale performance, Jo Bannon will create Sex In Public Places – a participatory programme of events, podcasts and publications further exploring the research process behind We Are Fucked.
Jo Bannon is a UK artist making live art and performance. She has presented her work internationally, including The Barbican, Art Gallery Western Australia, Itau Cultural and the National Theatre. Jo’s work is concerned with human exchange and encounter and attempts to unpick the ways we look, hear and sense our immediate environment in order to make unfamiliar these intrinsic behaviours. Her performances often manifests as intimate encounters designed for single or small audiences alongside staged theatre work and installations.
Director/Choreographer and Performer: Jo Bannon
Mentor: Claire Cunningham
Performers: Louise Ahl, Rosana Cade and Jamila Johnson Small.
Dramaturg: Nic Green
Sound designer: Yas Clarker
Production manager: Jo Palmer
Lead producers: MAYK
MAYK have a long history of working with disabled artists, including a long-term producing relationship with Bristol-based company Firebird Theatre, whose new show A Spark and a Beating Heart premieres at Trinity Centre in Bristol this May. MAYK has also worked previously on Jo Bannon’s Unlimited-supported tour of her one-to-one performance Exposure. This will be the first time MAYK have collaborated with The British Paraorchestra.
Image: The British Paraorchestra. Photo by Paul Blakemore
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As part of our work on ACE's Agents for Change programme we're developing a 'mental health, wellbeing and flexible working in the arts' policy. To inform this, we're launching a survey with the hope that you'll let us know what works (and maybe what doesn't) so we can shape this policy around lived-experience. And make something that'll really work.