Thursday, August 16, 2012
Yesterday, we co-hosted an event at the Hunt and Darton Cafe in Edinburgh to talk about Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice. Organised in collaboration with the The Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, it was an open event and many members of the scientific community as well as artists and art industry people attended. The discussion was hosted by Professor Sergio della Sala, and Jess Smith from Alzheimer's Society and Jenny Paton from the Wellcome Trust were our guests speakers. There were interesting reflections on the show, the treatment of time within the show, the research involved and imagery we use in the show, as well as heated discussion about art and science and funding artists to research science to create art that will engage the public in science on some level. We'd like to thank Robin Morton for organising the event, Jenny and Jess for contributing, Prof Della Sala for hosting it so expertly and everyone who attended and contributed to the debate. A special thanks goes to the Hunt and Darton Cafe for allowing us to run it in their venue, which we urge you to check out whilst at the Festival. http://huntanddarton.hotglue.me/
Friday, August 3, 2012
What a great night last night. We opened the show to a full house and had an overwhelming response from our audience. Thank you to all who came last night. You helped us get through a very technically challenging show, and soothed our first night jitters.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
We've arrived in Edinburgh and the city is a bustle with excitement for the opening of the Fringe. After a reasonably straightforward get in thanks to team members Joanna Palmer and Alice Carter and the helpful technical staff at our venue, the Underbelly, we are making the final preparations for the first preview of the show tomorrow. To book tickets your options are: Underbelly website https://www.underbelly.co.uk/node/780863 or Call 0844 545 8282 (9am - 8pm, 7 days a week) Alternatively you can book on edfringe.com http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/captain-ko-and-the-planet-of-rice Here are some production photos to whet your appetite!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Over the past two weeks we've been working on each section, really trying to nail what it is that each section carries in relation to the piece as a whole. Our associate dramaturg Lu Kemp joined to help us with this. We attempted our first ever stagger-through for Lu, after which she said "it's a lot less obscure than I thought it would be". Joking aside, we were very happy to hear that. On a closer inspection of each piece a few challenges emerged, namely Captain Ko's emotional and physical journey through Part 1 and the development of her dependency on Stark; the actual need for a mask in Part 2 (something which we'd been increasingly doubting, the more Valentina rehearsed without the mask) and the crux of the matter in Part 3, more specifically what is it that actually happens to Krikalev and why is this important? All these questions are now going to be driving the re-writes and tweaks, but on the whole we are really pleased with where we've got to with the piece. We have had to shed many aspects, moments, images we have grown to love over the past year or so, in the name of clarity and simplicity and giving space for the audience, as always, to make their own connections. Our next big job is to nail down all the designs for July when we revisit the piece in its multi-disciplinary form. We are looking forward to seeing it all come together.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Our mask maker Vic came up to work with us on Part Two. Vic is the extremely talented young lady behind the beautiful masks of Theatre Ad Infinitum's award-winning Translunar Paradise. But after the last few days we've come to the conclusion that we want something different for our Dawn in Captain Ko. Something in fact along the lines of the beautifully drawn people in Paco Roca's Arrugas, which we've mentioned many times before in our research.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
We are happy to welcome three new members to our Captain Ko team.
Vic Beaton is going to be working on creating a mask for Part Two: Dawn.
Kate Lane is our costume designer.
And Nicola Price is designing our publicity material and collateral.
Watch this space for regular updates on their work with us.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
We are delighted to announce that we received confirmation of our Escalator East to Edinburgh funding from the Arts Council this week. This means all steam ahead for bringing Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice to Edinburgh this summer.
Watch this space for more information about the talks that will run alongside the show during the festival.
Now onto finalising dramaturgy, design, lighting and all technical matters with our excellent team!