Friday, 14 August 2015

Hidden Spire 2015: exhibition

For the last year, multimedia artist Nicola Armitage has been following the development of Before The Tempest. She's seen script-writing, devising and designing, and was present at the very earliest experimental workshops.

Filmed footage and images come together in her exhibition, Hidden Spire, which opens tonight and runs until 26 September.

An image from the exhibition, taken from the design sessions.

‘From documenting the workshops, I have been inspired by the range of creative processes involved; from the initial sketches and discussions through to movement, expression, light and sound workshops, costume and set design. I have witnessed the ideas generated throughout this time change, develop and gather momentum towards final production.’ - Nicola Armitage

Some images from the design process.

If you're seeing Before The Tempest on Saturday 19 September, join can join Nicola for a 'live drawing' workshop, 12-2pm, as part of the Big Draw 2015 Festival launch in Oxford. Click here to find out more.

A more interactive way to get a glimpse into rehearsals.
Intrigued? The exhibition runs until 26 September, open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm (11am - 6pm from 1 September). It's free to visit - pop in and find out more...

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Director Lizzy McBain on creating Before The Tempest


'Hidden Spire is one of the most exciting projects I have worked on. With its very many facets it is challenging – working with artists and Crisis members on every aspect – from performing, to writing, building and technical work backstage. 

However, it is the excitement of rehearsals as we all come together and create a company in September, that I am really looking forward to. When titles and individual backgrounds disappear and we all embark on a mission to create a performance together.'

Click here to read more in the Oxford Times.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Creating the set for Before The Tempest

Regular Crisis Skylight classes may be on hold for the summer, but if you step into the art room you'll find it a hive of activity: artists Rachel Barbaresi and Emma Reynard are hard at work with Crisis clients to create the set for Before The Tempest.

'Transforming the ordinary' has been the theme since the beginning of the project, and the creative team have been re-purposing objects to create Miranda and Prospero's home on the desert island. In the play, Miranda constantly wanders the beach on the look out for new and interesting items which have washed up. If she doesn't fully understand what the junk she finds is for, what uses would she put it to?

You'll have to see the play to get the full impact of the set, but here are some teaser snippets from the set-building workshops (images by Josh Tomalin):