Last summer (2017) I assistant/co-directed the first New York production of the Sex Myth: A Devised Play. This was the first production of what we aim to become an on-going series of national and international iterations of the play, therefore building a grassroots movement as a tool for activism, education and consciousness raising on the subject of what normal is when it comes to sex.
Working on this project was fantastic. I learned a lot about myself as a deviser, as a movement coach, as a script developer and most of all as a collaborator.
I am happy to report that I continue to work with Rachel Hills (author of The Sex Myth and producer of the New York iteration of the play in 2017) and Hanne Larsen, director of the first ever Sex Myth play in producing a new chapter of the play, with the intention to create a second chapter of this project in New York, and aiming to amplify its presence and impact in this city.
As it is a devised piece of theatre on the subject of sex and sexuality, the play is never the same as it contains material that only the performers can contribute. This was a very special project and one I am extremely proud to have worked on.
Presented at the HERE Arts Centre.
Based on the book by Rachel Hills Created collaboratively by the company
Director Hanne Larsen Assistant Director Isabel Quinzanos Alonso Production Designer Elizabeth M. Stewart Production Manager Eh-Den Perlove
Claire Beaudreault, Darius Journigan, Jari Jones, Jennie Runk, Non Kuramoto, Sergio Castillo, Sherill-Marie Henriquez, and Sach Dev
All That Fall, 2016
All That Fall by Samuel Beckett
Max Stafford-Clark's production of All That Fall embraces Beckett's desire for the voices to be heard as if from the void. Stafford-Clark's vision for the play was for there to be no vision: our audiences heard the play live whilst it was played out around them; wearing eye masks.
This production presented a different set of challenges to anything I'd ever done before. Focusing on how things sound like, rather than the visual queues and gestures was fascinating.
I walk away from this process with a lot of respect for the art of storytelling at its most basic.
The production was well received during its run at Wilton's Music Hall and even transferred to the Arts Theatre in London's West End for a five-week run.
Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
This production toured widely starting at the Watford Palace Theatre, two weeks with Eastern Angles theatre company in small rural venues in East Anglia, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, and finishing with a four week run at the Arcola Theatre in London.
Working with director Ria Parry was a great experience; she is a dynamic, intelligent and very creative person, which was source of inspiration for me.
Private Thoughts in Public Spaces a devised piece by Isabel Quinzaños and the company
Physical, sexy and lots of fun, the show explores the ideas that we're told to keep locked in. This is storytelling without words; rather, everyday movements are choreographed to create a seamless continuing chain of events fuelled by the power of music. Wherever we are, our imaginations run wild and our fantasies wilder... What would happen if they actually came true?
Adrián Arroyo, Cristina Catalina, Nanou Harry, Pia Laborde Noguez and David Tudor