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From what might be a news desk, an office, a bedroom, a bunker under a mountain or a theatre, two people – reporters, senators, freedom fighters, or just… well… concerned citizens like you – think about what it is to speak up, speak out, blow the whistle and lift the veil.
Proto-type Mentorship Scheme (2015/16)
The Forgotten Suffragette (2015)
A radio play, produced in association with BBC Lincolnshire, about the inspiring life of a local unsung heroine – Emelia Jessie Boucherett – who helped first petition parliament for the vote for women and was one of the catalysts of the suffragette movement.
Brilliant, beautiful and unique, Fortnight is two-week long exploration of what it means to ‘be here, now’. “Part theatrical magic, part philosophical treasure hunt”, Fortnight is a thrilling experience for 200 people who sign up to receive communications and attend secret events around their city, which are specially created for and by them.
Fortnight has travelled to Bristol (2011), Lancaster (2011), Manchester (2012), Oxford (2013), Coventry (2014) and Nottingham Playhouse (2015).
The Good, the God and the Guillotine (2013)
A show that steals its style from the gig, the opera and the recital, The Good, the God and the Guillotine is a music-driven piece of theatre like no other.
A long walk, the beach. A fight, a murder. The heat, and the barking of dogs. We’re travelling out of the sun and towards darkness...
Residency with Compagnie Derezo (2012)
Proto-type were invited to Brest, North-west France to work with Compagnie Derezo. We shared work and ideas based around Derezo’s theatrical investigations into the text La Ville est un Trou (The City is a Hole) by Charles Pennequin.
COMPANY MENTORSHIP SCHEME (2012 pilot programme)
In 2012, Proto-type provided mentorship to a young company of recently graduated, contemporary theatre-makers. In this pilot scheme, the young company received resources and support to help develop their creative and organisational skills and establish their touring company.
Sunday Lunch Club (2009–12)
The Sunday Lunch Club was a peer networking, work share and meal event that ran six times a year for three years throughout Yorkshire and the North West with a guest list of over two-hundred artists, programmers and funders.
THIRD PERSON: Bonnie & Clyde (2010)
Moving, unsettling and bitter-sweetly funny, Proto-type’s Third Person: Bonnie & Clyde, investigates the events that unfolded out of the electric meeting of two of history’s most infamous lovers.
"A television show that doesn’t exist... a spot on the wall…"
Three performers stage the story of a stagnant American suburbia, circa 1963, where the minutiae of everyday life has become strange: glass windows portend violence, a spot on the wall promises freedom and a stranger appears in the living room...
Through the Wall (2009)
Through the Wall was a six channel video and poetic audio installation commissioned by Chester Performs for the Up The Wall Arts Festival.
Sited on the Roman Walls within the Roman Gardens, Through the Wall was inspired by the surface of the Chester walls and by the (metaphorical) potential of re-orienting the flow of movement through and into the history of the walls.
Proto-type Summer School (2009)
The Proto-type Summer School 2009 offered a chance for eight adventurous young makers to develop their practice by working with Proto-type - a mix of workshop/training sessions, new work development and social time themed around the question, “Where do lost things go?”
A visually decadent, aurally immersive performance that asks the audience to question what is real.
Obscured behind a cinematic screen, three performers narrate a walk that switches between the ‘here and now’ of the story and dream-like memory, using live Foley to create a hyper-realistic world of sound which the audience hear through headphones.
Invisible Messages (2006)
Invisible Messages is a surreal dissection of disappearance and identity.
The piece was born out of an adventurous journey-cum-experiment in September of 2005 on the Trans-Siberian Railway conducted by Proto-type’s Founding Artistic Director.
It premièred in 2006 at Performance Space 122 in New York City.
Third Person (2005)
Museum of Dreams (2005)
A 6-hour durational performance installation questioning our perception of waking.
It was developed with the AREA Award from Chashama and through a five-month residency at Richard Foreman’s Ontological Hysteric Theater.
Three Ring (2002–04)
Three Ring is a theatrical event that merges circus, theater, dance, and performance art told by five inmates in an asylum for circus performers.
It was originally developed as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program at HERE Arts Center NYC and premiered at Walkerspace NYC, 2003.
About Silence (2003– )
Every showing of About Silence is different and the performers all come from the local arts community.
About Silence has been performed by a long list of artists, programmers, and curators including Grace Surman, Gary Winters, Andrew McKinnon, Mabou Mines, Julie Atlas Muz, Mark Russell and Kristen Marting.
Cheap Thrills (2001–03)
Cinematic in scope and viscerally charged, Cheap Thrills is a story about complacency, the easy way out and the fear of the dark…
Developed and subsequently premiered at HERE Arts Center NYC, April 2002.
Twilight Series (2001)
The Twilight Series by Laura Klein – “a meditation on searching for meaning and true communication between people in a culture that bombards us with information and images.” – Robin Eisgrau, Offoffoff.com
Premiered at HERE Arts Center NYC in July, 2001 followed by The American Living Room Festival, HERE Arts Center NYC, July 2001.
Bunny’s Last Night in Limbo (2000–1)
Poor Angels (1999)
Based on the clinical writings of sexual psychologists from the early part of the 20th Century, Poor Angels is a multimedia mediation on sexuality. Music by Max Duykers.
First performed at The New York International Fringe Festival, NYC and The American Living Room Festival, HERE Arts Center NYC, August 1999.