Can You Hear Me Now? is an intercultural live performance experienced in Bristol (UK), Kampala (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda) simultaneously, commissioned by MAYK and led by artist Caroline Williams.
Can you imagine if Theresa May had denied Britain access to Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp during the recent election? What would Bristol feel like if only 19% of its residents had access to the internet? A Ugandan teenager living in Kamapla would be able to tell you exactly how those things feel.
Using digital technology to link remote performance spaces, teenage casts in Bristol, Kampala and Kigali will work together to explore their relationship with digital technology – does the internet do what we need it to do?
Together with artist Caroline Williams, teenagers in three cities will see if they can make their rehearsals and final performances meet. In a world of pixels and screens, what gets shared and what gets lost?
Are you a young person (aged 15 to 21) who would be excited to be in a new live performance performed in three cities simultaneously?
Are you interested in delving into the world of digital technology and exploring what the internet means to you and to people in other countries?
Are you happy to work with other young people to devise theatre using your own ideas, beliefs and experiences?
Would you like to learn a Rwandan dance routine?
If so, you are invited to a workshop audition on:
Tuesday 1st August: 6pm-8pm, venue TBC
The audition will take the form of a workshop exploring the themes of the project. You do not need previous performance experience to attend, you just need to be happy to share ideas.
If you'd like to attend please please email our Assistant Producer Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name and age. This is just to let know know if you're coming. And if you have any questions at all please do get in touch.
Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday nights from 6pm- 8pm, with two sessions in August and then weekly sessions from September until the performance. You will be asked to commit to two longer Saturday sessions on: 30th September and 14th October. If you are unable to make one or two of these sessions this doesn’t exclude you from the project but we will need to know in advance.
Session 1: Tuesday 8th August 6pm–8pm
Session 2: Tuesday 22nd August 6pm–8pm
Session 3: Tuesday 5th September 6pm–8pm
Session 4: Tuesday 12th September 6pm–8pm
Session 5: Tuesday 26th September 6pm–8pm
Session 6: Saturday 30th September 11am- 4pm
Session 7: Tuesday 3rd October 6pm–8pm
Session 8: Tuesday 10th October 6pm–8pm
Session 9: Saturday 14th October 11am- 4pm
The week commencing 16th October you will be asked to rehearse in the evenings leading up to performances on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October.
Caroline Williams’ work focuses on current political issues using personal stories. She seeks stories that matter and people who have something important to say. She's worked at The Young Vic, English National Opera at The British Museum, Battersea Arts Centre, Shakespeare’s Globe and The National Theatre. ‘Caroline's work is clever, layered and moving. She is an important voice in British theatre.’ Liz Moreton, Senior producer, Battersea Arts Centre.