Take Art's Mark Helyar talks Jammy Voo and all things commissioning and new...

11 October 2012

'I spent a session with Jammy Voo just before Christmas last year when they were in the early stages of batting ideas around. Since then, the show has been made and performed at Jackson’s Lane Theatre in London where it received great reviews, described as “a stunning interpretative homage to one of the most iconic British horror films.”

The company are planning to send the show out on a rural tour next year. Which is where I come in. They have asked me to see how the show could work in a rural context. This is about considering the expectations of the audience as well as exploring practical issues such as sightlines, lighting, sound and the all-important question: whether to have an interval or not.

There’s something very special about taking a show into a rural community and I’m keen to help ensure that everybody – performers and audiences – get the best possible experience.

We’re very fortunate: the show will be performed in Somerset on 23rd October at the David Hall Arts Centre. Then it will be going back to Devon, supported by Beaford Arts who commissioned it.

The Jammies describe Birdhouse as “a wonderfully surreal comedy horror, featuring sumptuous visuals, wild puppetry and an original live music score, examining fear, vulnerability and the far edge of madness.”

I’m looking forward to working with them next weekend and hope you’re able to join us in South Petherton the following Tuesday."

Best wishes

Mark Helyar, Co-director of Take Art Theatre

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