Feat.Theatre get ready for their residency
| Thu 25 Jan 2018
We've chatted to Feat.Theatre about their R&D residency, Mon 29 Jan – Fri 9 Feb.
Can you tell us a bit about Feat.Theatre and yourselves?
We are, first and foremost, friends with a shared passion in making work that engages with communities and inspires change. Our company is made up of artists and facilitators that work in the UK and internationally, concerned with making the world a better place. Collaboration is important to us personally and professionally, so we are always keen to build new relationships with other artists and other humans. We like to experiment with form and play around with traditional theatrical conventions, and we try to perform in quirky and accessible spaces from cafes to classrooms to cabaret bars.
How would you describe the work that you create?
We’re interested in tackling topics as big and messy as the world around us, and featuring voices that are often excluded from theatre.
Our last show was about the UK’s response to the refugee crisis. We couldn’t imagine all the different perspectives and experiences that inform that topic by ourselves, so we decided to put a call out for written responses from anyone living in the UK, which eventually featured in our show. The final production was a multi-authored piece constructed from over 50 submitted pieces of writing from a diverse group of writers.
The show we’re developing during our residency will be about welcome, and we want to make it as inclusive and accessible (and welcoming!) as possible. Once again, we’re looking at how we can experiment with multi-authorship and feature lots of different voices to create a show that brings people together to make the world a little bit better.
What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?
We are working on a new project called The Welcome Revolution. It will be an interactive performance about kindness being cool and, of course, about how much we love Tea!
We will ask the audience to imagine different worlds with us, where attitudes towards welcome differ vastly from our own. Hopefully these stories will help us to examine what community means to us and think of more ways that our society can be more accepting, amidst the reality of displacement in the 21st Century.
Ultimately, we want to spread positivity by creating an inspiring and uplifting experience that will empower and galvanize people.
What elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?
We’re really excited to be able to host tea parties during our residency, where we can invite local groups to chat to us! We love meeting new people and hearing ideas that we hadn’t considered before. The tea parties will also be central to our show, in collaborating with local communities, generating material and inviting everyone to share their own version of The Welcome Revolution.
We will also use our residency in the Creation Space to tackle our theatrical feat of merging fictional storytelling and community engagement; to write early drafts of our revolution narratives and explore possible formats for the Tea Party responses to be incorporated into a performance.
Our residency aims to explore and answer the central question of our project: how can we be more welcoming in our society, in a time where displacement has never been more critical?
What’s the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal space?
Lots of colourful pens and post it notes, good playlists, cups of tea and Just Dance youtube videos!
Click here to find out more about how to take part in a free tea party and imagine different worlds with Feat.Theatre.