SPINDRIFT THEATRE

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Anna, Eva, Henry, Julia and Niamh of the London based contemporary theatre company Spindrift blog around their theatre making, researches and inspirations in both their life and the art world. Currently spanning from productions and influences from the art scene in London, New York, Iceland, Finland, Shetland and Norway, we hope to share honest findings, latest company news and our artistic progress with our tumblr audiences

Wonders, puzzling wonders.

I worked with an autistic boy once who had a great passion of hoovers. He had one himself. And he took it apart and put it back together everyday as often as he could. Sometimes he needed to be stopped as it became an obsession… but that boy new the hoover inside out, because he had pulled it apart, explored it, put it back together in the wrong way, taken it apart again, made other mistakes until he knew how to puzzle it back together in the right way. In that sense we can say that the hoover was some sort of a creation of his own, just that specific hoover… he knew it, each part of it. But it needed to fit perfectly in order for it to work perfectly, as it should. These are machines… someone once said that machines were easy – people are the complicated ones… and I believe there is a great truth in it. But it is worth exploring ourselves in this similar manner…  our own puzzle. To find ourselves again in the most fragile period - as teenagers – what choices did we make that lead us up here. Going through our pieces of puzzles and seeing how we can now affect them, mix them, take out the logic of them. The logic that we long for, the perfection, the right proportion. …

wonders, puzzling wonders…

Julia

— 5 months ago
The Spinners are in the midst of scriptwriting!
Quite literally.
You see, the second wave of creative writing is up and in a weeks time the Spinners will officially put together the first draft of Alice in Wonderland! Deary me…
So, I chose this particular chess man to accompany this article as I think it very much describes my own face this very moment. At times absolutely in awe of some of the scenes we’ve managed to come up with - just itching to just throw it on stage already! - while simultaneously desperately restless trying to organize thoughts and ideas into something that makes sense in black and white..!
Here’s another wee joke that came to mind when thinking of the logic of puzzles. 
But no more to tell for now… But the website is soon on its way! The marketing video, the marketing flyers, the first draft of our script and the Spindrift Residency will all merge in these first fateful days of April
—-Hopefully ;) Until then…X Eva

The Spinners are in the midst of scriptwriting!

Quite literally.

You see, the second wave of creative writing is up and in a weeks time the Spinners will officially put together the first draft of Alice in Wonderland! Deary me…

So, I chose this particular chess man to accompany this article as I think it very much describes my own face this very moment. At times absolutely in awe of some of the scenes we’ve managed to come up with - just itching to just throw it on stage already! - while simultaneously desperately restless trying to organize thoughts and ideas into something that makes sense in black and white..!

Here’s another wee joke that came to mind when thinking of the logic of puzzles.

But no more to tell for now… But the website is soon on its way! The marketing video, the marketing flyers, the first draft of our script and the Spindrift Residency will all merge in these first fateful days of April

—-Hopefully ;)

Until then…

X Eva

— 6 months ago with 1 note
#lewiscarroll  #aliceinwonderland  #script  #newwriting  #theatre  #chess  #logic  #chessman  #chessboard  #carrollberserk 
Happy Góa!

Today is the Icelandic Women’s Day, and start of the season of Góa. Enjoy this last rough bit of winter, and if you like you can step outside your door and embrace it by saying:

Velkomin sértu, Góa mín,
Og gakktu í bæinn;
Vertu ekki úti í vindinum
Vorlangan daginn.

Welcome, my Góa,
And come on in;
Don’t stay outside in the wind
In the spring-long day.

Spindrift hope to embrace this energy in our new writing for Lewis Carroll, inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

— 6 months ago
#womensday  #feminine  #goa  #lewiscarroll  #newwriting  #season  #wintersend 
Working as a freelance illustrator alongside acting really reminds me of the visual aspect of theatre. Often I prepare scenes based on the forms that please my eyes, and it is intriguing to embrace the space through forms and measurements when working with a mathematical author like Lewis Carroll.

The slightest raise of the eyebrow, tilt of the hand, hint of shadow so easily change ones expression. Sometimes I drive myself crazy erasing a pencil line only to replace it one mm apart.

It reminds me of an exercise the company members did during the initial January rehearsals - where we recited text neutrally while hanging upside down, creating a very simple natural distortion. These slight changes can be very effective in creating an atmosphere. Sort of like David Lynch’s scenes played backwards, or the way a neutral mask changes expressivity based on then way a shadow lights it.

Its nice to be reminded of how simple and delicate this art form can be, and how expressivity can be approached from so many angles. Its so interesting how each new project is like putting on several new lenses through which you can examine the world.

X Eva

Working as a freelance illustrator alongside acting really reminds me of the visual aspect of theatre. Often I prepare scenes based on the forms that please my eyes, and it is intriguing to embrace the space through forms and measurements when working with a mathematical author like Lewis Carroll.

The slightest raise of the eyebrow, tilt of the hand, hint of shadow so easily change ones expression. Sometimes I drive myself crazy erasing a pencil line only to replace it one mm apart.

It reminds me of an exercise the company members did during the initial January rehearsals - where we recited text neutrally while hanging upside down, creating a very simple natural distortion. These slight changes can be very effective in creating an atmosphere. Sort of like David Lynch’s scenes played backwards, or the way a neutral mask changes expressivity based on then way a shadow lights it.

Its nice to be reminded of how simple and delicate this art form can be, and how expressivity can be approached from so many angles. Its so interesting how each new project is like putting on several new lenses through which you can examine the world.

X Eva

— 6 months ago
#lewiscarroll  #illustrations  #theatre  #rehearsals 
Happy Belated Birthday Wishes!



Although punctually celebrated on our Facebook page on the 27th of January with tea and cake (baked with love by the talented actor and master-chef James El-Sharawy) and a mildly rehearsed (yet incredibly charming) vocal performance at the dinner table honoring the occasion, the Spinners wanted to give tumblers a chance to celebrate the 182nd Birthday of Lewis Carroll.

Enjoy the excuse to indulge in nonsense, tea, cake and fun!

— 7 months ago
#spindrift  #lewiscarroll  #theatre  #birthday  #aliceinwonderland  #madhatter  #teaparty 
Initial Rehearsals

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In the excitement of our first research and devising period in the wonderful space at Theatre Delicatessen in London we completely forsaked our blog! In turn, we will be uploading some videos from these initial rehearsals in the next days to give an insight to our initial responses to Carroll’s writing, to share the fun and findings. 

Were currently creating our company website and scouting for the venue possibilities for our production, and are hopeful that Lewis Carroll project will find a better name than “Dodgy Dodgson” or “Carroll Berserk,” (although such titles gave us a good laugh). 

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There are so many talented artists around us that have shown interest in collaborations, and we are hopeful we’ll be able to share their identity and role in our performance soon. Until then: inspiration all around us is overwhelming! And if we weren’t so eager to swim in it we’d probably drown in the ecstasy flood of possibilities. hee hee ho ho!!

Here is a little inspiration we find relevant to the themes of Lewis Carroll, you may have seen this floating around on the internet. Looking at things from another perspective can create the most wonderful things:
Recording of Crickets Singing Slowed Down

Spinning on!
- Eva

— 7 months ago with 1 note
#lewiscarroll  #throughthelookingglass  #aliceinwonderland  #theatre  #performance  #devising  #art  #fringe  #development  #literature  #rehearsals 
Today’s Food for Thought…"I declare it’s market out just like a chessboard!" Alice said at last. "There ought to be some men moving about somewhere - and so there are!" She added in a tone of delight, and her heart began to beat quick with excitement as she went on."It’s a great huge game of chess that’s being played - all over the world - if this is the world at all, you know. Oh, what fun it is! How I wish I was one of them! I wouldn’t mind being a Pawn, if only I might join."- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-GlassX Eva

Today’s Food for Thought…

"I declare it’s market out just like a chessboard!" Alice said at last. "There ought to be some men moving about somewhere - and so there are!" She added in a tone of delight, and her heart began to beat quick with excitement as she went on.

"It’s a great huge game of chess that’s being played - all over the world - if this is the world at all, you know. Oh, what fun it is! How I wish I was one of them! I wouldn’t mind being a Pawn, if only I might join."

- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

X Eva

— 8 months ago with 1 note
#Lewis Carroll  #LCproject  #spindrift  #lewiscarroll  #aliceinwonderland  #throughthelookingglass  #theatre  #philosophy 
The beginning of the rehearsal period

Buying flight tickets to London for January’s rehearsal period. Lewis Carroll project’s script-making sessions are spinning along.

Happy new year!
Spinning on,
Anna

— 8 months ago
Happy Birthday Eva!

Hipp hipp for Eva Solveig our wonderful Spinner whose birthday it is today! How lucky we are to have her on our team, and we feel so priveliged that she’s our Head Director for the Lewis Carroll Project! 
A more extraordinary woman you don’t come across every day. 

We wish her a very Happy Birthday, and we hope you find a moment on this busy and dark December day to raise your glasses for Eva Solveig! :) 

— 9 months ago
#birthday  #amazingwoman 
Touring

Oh, look at the happy Spindrifter on tour. Here Henry is in one of her 10 different costumes. Unfortunately she is not touring with her dream team, but her experience gained in interactive theatre performances will  be valuable for the coming Spindrift show! Doing a children’s theatre tour very much prepares you for immersive theatre performances. Aren’t they honest with you, the little devils! Here she’s dressed as Kay, one of the main characters. 

— 9 months ago
#touring  #children'stheatre  #immersive theatre