10th Dec 2014 6:30pm-8:30pm
Curated by Sara Clifford, Writer in Residence, University of Brighton 2014/15
Isn’t all theatre ‘community’ theatre?
Much of our work as theatre makers now takes place outside ‘mainstream’ theatre, offering many opportunities to work with different groups and in different spaces, in exciting, challenging and creative settings.
However, it sometimes seems that the word ‘community’ attached to a piece of theatre is perceived to be of lower value, whilst simultaneously being regarded as generally a ‘good thing’, and it can still be difficult to get a review in the professional press.
And so who are the audiences for theatre? Is a traditional ‘theatre’ audience not a ‘community’ audience and if not, then who, exactly, are we making theatre for?
And so what does the word ‘community’ mean? What constitutes a community? Time for a different word perhaps?
Judith Hibberd, Freelance Producer
Over the last twenty five years Judith Hibberd has been involved in theatre and performing arts nationally and internationally as a teacher, a producer, a programmer, a youth theatre director, a mentor and a funder.
At BAC she ran the theatre programme, producing numerous small scale shows, and led the National Young Director's Award before moving to Watermans working with a more diverse range of artists and producing large scale outdoor work. As one of the theatre practitioners involved with LIFT and NT's initial Seeding A Network programme in Romania, she subsequently spent 10 years involved in international theatre exchange in Eastern Europe before working at Arts Council England South East as Head of Performing Arts.
Since becoming freelance her work is divided between producing and touring theatre and dance works, mentoring and organisational development. Judith currently works with Vincent Dance Theatre and Hydrocracker - both Associate Artists of Brighton Dome & Festival.
Terry O'Donovan, Actor and Director
Terry is Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die, specialising in site-sensitive performances in which he performs or co-directs. Productions include I Do (Almeida, UK & Irish tour), La Fille à la Mode (Theatre Royal Haymarket; National Theatre), Side Effects (Linbury Studio Royal Opera House, Lillian Baylis Theatre), Caliper Boy (CPT, Dublin Fringe), Clunk (UK Tour).
He creates interactive performances with TOOT. Both of their productions, Ten Out of Ten & Be Here Now, have been commissioned by Ovalhouse andhave toured the UK.
As a director his credits include On the Wire (Wildebeest for Limerick National City of Culture), Spin Cycle (Emergency Exit Arts), Our Dancing Feet (Zap Arts & Inroads). He is regularly an Associate Director of Peut-etre Theatre. Productions that have had national and international tours include The Bug and The Butterfly, This is a That and The Tin Soldier which runs at the Roundhouse this Christmas.
Vicki Crowther, Writer and Dancer in Our Dancing Feet
‘I went in for the swinging 60's in a big way until I met and married my first husband and produced two children, I remarried and had two more children. In between that I was a peripatetic library assistant and then became a special needs teaching assistant, and when I could sneak away a traveler on the cheap. I peppered this with forays into Am Dram until I retired, and instead of coffee and lunch I found Three Score.
Having come late to dance apart from social dancing, I am now enjoying being part of this contemporary dance company. For an over 60 to be part of this has been a lifeline and it has led me into other forms of performance, for instance promenade pieces such as A String Section with Restless Sleepers and of course Our Dancing Feet. I hope to carry on finding my dancing feet for as long as possible’
Together with Clare Best, Sara is one of the two Writers in Residence at the University this year. She has written over twenty plays including work for the Soho Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse, and was a writer on attachment at Chichester Festival Theatre. Her play A Thousand Days, was a Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn award.
As director of her company, Inroads Productions, she creates large scale site specific projects, collaborating with local artists and communities, most recently Our Dancing Feet (True, and not so true, Tales from the Dancefloor) set in the 1950s. Her new play, I see the Horizon.. will tour with Forest Forge in Autumn 2015.
She has two new plays in development, Home Fires, to be produced at Newhaven Fort in March 2015; and Stanmer, in June 2015, both involving the stories and participation of local people.