Beaford Arts
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Beaford Arts' first live digital performance

Beaford Arts

make-shift is being created and performed by Paula Crutchlow and Helen Varley Jamieson and was commissioned by Beaford Arts.

The work, which involves a combination of traditional theatre techniques and modern digital technology, will be performed in front of a live audience - at Greenwarren House - and also on the internet (click here to go to site) where visitors from across the globe will be able to comment and take part.

For the preview event at 7pm on Friday October 29, both performers will be at Greenwarren House, Beaford, but for the premiere at 3.30pm on Sunday, December 5, Paula Crutchlow will stay at Beaford but Helen Varley Jamieson will be based in a home in Turin, Italy.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to take part in an event which challenges preconceived ideas about drama and performance, its audience and the notion of a traditional venue for theatre.

make-shift is also a performance about connectivity and consequences. It looks at where each person is now and the implications of what we are doing right now in other parts of the world.

Paula Crutchlow has worked in the UK and internationally as a performer, director ans lecturer. She is currently as associate lecturer in theatre at Dartington College of Arts and is co-founder and artistic director of multi media theatre company Blind Ditch

Helen Carley Jamieson is a writer, theatre-maker and digital artist based in New Zealand who developed the technique of "cyberformance" which uses the internet for live, collaborative performance between performers in remote locations. She is project manager of Upstage, the internet platform which is used for cyberformance

Tickets for the make-shift preview or premiere are free, with donations on a pay-what-you-can basis. Tickets to watch the performance at Greenwarren House are limited, but may still be available. Please e-mail mark(at) more information.

make-shift: thoughts and reflections.



The photograph

Far away on a remote stretch of sand in the middle of the North Pacific ocean, an albatross chick is dying. The chick was fed a toxic diet by its mother, which mistook colourful plastic, floating in vast quantities on the surrounding water, for food.

Meanwhile, at home, we are going about our daily lives, routine chores, social get-togethers, we feed our own children, throw away the packaging ... rarely pausing to think about the possible distant consequences of our actions.

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