Whether scriptwriting in a devising process, working in a dramaturgical role with New Writing, or creating text with young people, I am interested in the power of words. This combined with my interest in adaptation as a form and reimagining classic texts for modern audiences has led me to my current period of research looking at Fables and I am excited about where these ingredients are taking me and what treats are in store. I have rejoined the Robinson Library and I am never out of there!
Little GIFT Festival Scratch, May 2018. Photo by Richard Kenworthy
Chicken Licken: a Tale Jam harnesses the power of the imagination of the audience, letting them paint their own pictures and giving them the agency, ownership and authorship of the tale being told and providing a journey from audience member to author. Chicken Licken: a TaleJam is a theatrical Story Gig for family audiences which we are hoping to tour in Spring 2019. The merry musical storytelling band made up of Jeremy Bradfield, Joe Johnston, Calum Howard and someone called Ruth, who seems to think that she is the lead singer. Don’t worry, she’s not, but she can tell a story. Together they tell of the plight of Chicken Licken, who takes an acorn landing on her head as evidence that the sky is falling in and whips up such mass hysteria in the farmyard that a whole gang of fearful fowls go off to tell the king of the impending doom. At a time when it feels as though the sky might actually be falling in, fables and folktales are brilliant ways to explore the complicated times of today. When truth is hard to come by in our own twittering farmyard, We ask where is the truth? And who is telling it? And what does Foxy Loxy have to do with it all?
The development of the piece began with a successful bid to the NEADN Residency Programme which took place at The Witham in Barnard Castle in February 2018. It is such a brilliant opportunity and I encourage any artist to do it. More about it here.