with storyteller jacqueline Harris

For me it all started with a growing fascination for a stray dog in East London. Making that dog in clay, exploring its posture, bone structure and skin led me to think about the extraordinary presence of that image. Why does it strike us so powerfully and what does it mean to us today?

Stories have remained at the core of my practice in art and sculpture as a way to conjure up arresting and thought provoking images that ask the viewer: what’s the story?

Working in collaboration with a storyteller has added time as anew dimension to the process of making art and sculpture, thus adding simple animation to my palette.  The challenge has been not to constrain the imagination of the  audience, but instead to immerse the viewer in the creative process, and invite people to become playfully engaged in the adventure.

 

 

“In Skriker’s Footsteps” is a bold multi-media storytelling piece that uses projection, animation, sound and live storytelling to tell both old and new Lancashire tales.

Jacqueline Harris performs her own sharply dramatic retellings of the old stories. Strange creatures and figures blaze into life. Marjan's Skrikers, white dobbies and spectral cats stalk the walls. Woven through this performance are contemporary voices telling first hand accounts of ghostly encounters across Lancashire.

All this would not have been possible without Adam York Gregory - Theatre Projectionist and Animator. Supported by a grant from Arts Council England we have had a chance to explore new ways of telling a story.

Working in collaboration with a storyteller has added time as anew dimension to the process of making art and sculpture, thus adding simple animation to my palette.  The challenge has been not to constrain the imagination of the  audience, but instead to immerse the viewer in the creative process, and invite people to become playfully engaged in the adventure.

 

 


theatre making with Nicky McRoy and Guy Hargreaves

'tOther is a theatre piece under development, created with support and encouragement from the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

t'other

A beautifully jaggedy, hopeful piece of theatre – full of recycled cardboard and pathos.
Stylistically lo-fi & anarchic, it explores issues of strangeness, tolerance, loss, and fear.
Direct, playful and sometimes gloriously stupid as a piece of storytelling.

Alongside the fictional tale of the arrival of an utterly strange being in a quiet suburban setting (the Rennerad), the performers themselves struggle with their own petty personal squabbles and artistic differences.

A house to let. An awkward encounter. A vote. A Quest. An inquest. A sacrifice of self... a change of mind.

Although the show is not yet fully made we anticipate an entertaining, thought provoking and heart-filled experience. Direct and open; we hope to share a story which is both epic and domestic; of our times, yet not constricted by the context of our here and now.