I M A G I N A R I U M
The year began with the creation of a vibrant exhibition in Leeds Room 700. Imaginarium was a 154 Collective project, and working with writer Emma Adams and visual artist Fabric Lenny (among many others, check the 154 site for a full list of artists involved) we created a whole world within the gallery spaces. I made soundscapes for two galleries, a soundtrack to an animation and an accompaniment to an original story. All of the music and soundscapes were built from sounds found and recorded in Leeds library (books closing, tills beeping, toilets flushing etc.). Have a look at the project page for more details.
I N T E N S E A T T A C H M E N T
Then almost as soon as Imaginarium was over, I began work on the Wayne Sables Projects’ dance piece, Intense Attachment. Working with the multi-talented Hayley Youell, we created a dark, brooding and sometimes delicate score for this piece, which we performed alongside the incredible dancers Keira Martin and Chris Bradley for a selection of tour dates. Watch this space for developments to this show in 2017.
W A L T E R L E M O N F A C E
We began Walter Lemonface’s The Big Carrot tour in April, which ran through to October. This involved a mixture of pop-up tent shows and many raucous full-scale cinema shows. We toured throughout Yorkshire, Manchester, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, the Lake District, Merseyside, and Birmingham. With more than a hundred shows under his belt, Walter Lemonface will be continuing into 2017 and shows no sign of slowing down. Must be all the vitamin C.
— Walter LemonFace (@WalterLemonFace) April 4, 2016
T I N Y S H O E S
I was lucky enough to work with writer Emma Adams again over the summer, on her audio drama Tiny Shoes. It was produced by the West Yorkshire Playhouse and hosted at the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth. The piece used the audio guide set-up found in many museums, but instead of an ordinary tour of the house and grounds, listeners were treated to a site-specific drama in which they could follow the story’s main character through her visit to the parsonage and listen in on a pivotal moment in her life.
U N D E R T H E B E D
Then as September began, so did the re-rehearsals and subsequent tour of Under the Bed in the Northeast. It was such a treat to work with Hayley Youell, James Day and the rest of the 154 Collective again. The tour was fantastic, visiting many great old and new venues in the Tyneside area. We even had time to record some of our songs for an EP which is available to listen to/buy on Bandcamp.
C A R D B O A R D J O E
As soon as Under the Bed was over I was back with Fabric Lenny and Dan Mallaghan to tour our brand new family show Cardboard Joe and the Book of Mysteries! The show is an interactive journey through unfinished stories. With live projection, cartoons, puppetry, live music, and an unpredictable main character, the shows are never the same, but always an unforgettable experience!
H E C K M O N D L I G H T
At the end of the year I was involved with Creative Scene’s HeckmondLight event, which fuses interactive arts events with a Christmas lights switch on in the centre of Heckmondwike. I improvised live music with passing brass bands, solo, or along with Fabric Lenny’s projections. Have a look at the video below for more of an idea of the event!