Take Us There - launching this week
London theatre news: Monday 22 June 2020
Online - Streaming
Single Shoe Productions are presenting a new weekly video series taking us to the places we miss - and just using household items!
The lockdown caused by the spread of coronavirus has forced us to stay indoors and leave behind many of the things, places and experiences that bring us enjoyment and stimulate us.
So maybe you're finding yourself yearning for the wind across your face on a carefree drive?
Or settling in on a beach awash with shells?
Or perhaps the comfort of your favourite coffee shop is calling ...
Well, international theatre company, Single Shoe Productions, might have the solution to take you to more adventurous places and offer you some out-of-the-ordinary experiences - all from your own sofa.
Each week until mid-August, the company will release a 3-minute video sharing a new place inspired by a specific theme - such as holiday, birthplace or road trip - along with insight into how they made their creation.
The company are also asking audiences to get inspired and be involved by looking at their homes in a whole new way, and to take a photo or submit a video (3 mins max) which will be highlighted along with the weekly video release to create a digital scrapbook.
Led by co-artistic directors Filipa Tomas and Bradley Wayne Smith, Single Shoe are partnering with venues including Cornerstone Arts Centre, St. George's Theatre and Derby Theatre to reach local audiences, from families to students to arts groups.
Filipa said ...
"The project started as a way to have fun during lockdown, creating short vignettes that reminded us of where we grew up and places we've been together.
Honestly, we were a bit surprised at just how happy it made us to travel back to these places in our imaginations and we wanted to share this happiness in the series.
In Portuguese there is a word for it - "saudade" - a somewhat counterintuitive blend of equal parts optimism and nostalgia.
"We can't wait to see where the series takes us and are even more excited to see the places the community members create themselves.
It's just a great bit of fun for all sorts of different folks to try their hands at; from families who've perhaps had to rearrange their summer holidays to makers and visual arts students keen to explore places that bring them joy."
Directed by Filipa Tomas & Bradley Wayne Smith
Created by Filipa Tomas, Bradley Wayne Smith, Christopher Howell & George Sienna
Title Sequence by Matthew Tully
Every Wednesday from 24th June to 12th August
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