Gobstoppers - solo vignettes
London theatre news: Wednesday 10 March 2021
Angel Theatre Company is streaming a collection of original solo vignettes to raise funds for Acting for Others.
Image courtesy Angel Theatre Company
John Patterson, Artistic Director of Angel Theatre Company, invited a team of writers and actors to collaborate with him to create Gobstoppers, which is now available to watch via Vimeo until 5th April 2021.
The resulting production is a montage of original solo vignettes specifically written and developed for streaming and aims to be an experimental, entertaining and thought-provoking event for viewers to enjoy!
Writers were instructed to create a piece of dialogue which specifically centred on the actor's eyes, mouth or hands, the three primary tools available to the director/actor to communicate a character/narrative.
The writers were also encouraged to think "outside the box" and take risks in their choices, as well as to avoid the theme of Covid/lockdown ... the aim of the project is to offer viewers some escapism from our current situation.
These vignettes were then cast and rehearsed via zoom, each filmed on actor's mobile phones, before being edited to create the whole.
Director, John Patterson, said ...
"As we are unable to create live theatre, conceptually I wanted to develop something that was inherently theatrical in style but quite different in the way it was communicated to our audience.
I feel streamed stage performances which were intended to be given live quite haunting to watch ... it's like watching the ghost of what we are all missing ... and so I wanted to make Gobstoppers a bit different.
It should offer the viewer a unique experience, something between theatre and film.
With such an eclectic mix of pieces, I am hoping there's something in there for everyone to enjoy."
All creatives involved in the project waived their fee in order that the piece may be used to raise funds for Acting for Others.
Instead of charging a pay-per-view fee, Angel Theatre Company are asking viewers to make a donation to the charity, which is dedicated to offering financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need.
They ask that viewers give as much as their circumstances allow as their aim is to raise a minimum of £500 for this worthy cause.
They hope money pledged will help their freelance industry colleagues who are suffering through lack of any form of government financial support during this pandemic.
Show listing information
It features past, present and future members of Angel Theatre Company who have collaborated on the project to present what the company hope will be an experimental, entertaining and thought-provoking event for viewers to enjoy!
Gobstoppers aims to raise money through donations, 100% of which will be given to Acting for Others, a charity dedicated to offering financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need.
Therefore, instead of charging a pay-per-view fee, the company are asking viewers to make a donation to Acting for Others through our JustGiving fundraising page.
The company aim to raise a minimum of £500 for this worthy cause.
Author: Amy Allen, Anna Bonnett, Brian Coyle, Stephen Donald, Barbara Garfath, D.L.Lean, John Patterson and Scott Younger
Production: Angel Theatre Company
From: Monday 8 March 2021
Closed: Monday 5 April 2021
Standard: FREE (Donations to Acting for Others are encouraged)
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