The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad

Bootworks start work in the Creation Space

| Tue 26 May 2015

As they begin their Creation Space R&D residency, Bootworks Theatre Collective took some time out to tell us what they'll be working on for the next two weeks.

Can you tell us about Bootworks?

Bootworks Theatre Collective is made up of James Baker, Robert Daniels, Andy Roberts (Artistic Directors) Becki Haines (Producer) Sophia Walls (Education Coordinator) and Associate Artists Natalie Green and Daniel Kok.

We are a group of artists who work in a range of disciplines and contexts. We make a varied spectrum of work including devised performance, live art and children’s shows. Bootworks deliver between four to five creative projects per year. Alongside this we run a series of workshops and paid intern projects for young people and emergent artists. Bootworks are resident artists at the ShowRoom Theatre, Chichester.

The company was started in 1999 with a primary interest in outdoor-arts. Around 2008 the company started to branch out with different projects. Taking our work, not only to theatres and studio spaces, but creating our own flexible spaces to house our work. This enabled us to perform in a variety of locations from garages to libraries.     

How would you describe the work you create?

This is quite a difficult question to answer given the variety of performance styles we use. The vast majority of the work we make tries to play with form. We have never been too interested in the ‘end-on’ format. We are much happier creating work for small, more intimate, settings and audiences. We start with an idea and then find the best way that that idea can relate to our audiences. Our work is normally very playful and DIY in aesthetic. When we first started off we were making projects for very little money (like most companies I imagine) - so we would try and make work from whatever we could find around us. This created a very interesting aesthetic. Our budgets have thankfully got bigger since we started but we have never really been able to drop the DIY mentality.  

What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?

We will be working on a brand new children’s show called The Many Doors Of Frank Feelbad. It’s about a lonely boy and the many problems he keeps locked away. His name is Frank and he’s trying to find something very special that he’s suddenly lost. It’s a show for children 4+ and their parents/guardians. The goal is to find ways of teaching young children about loss and opening up how families communicate these delicate issues. But trust us… its not going to be as gloomy as it sounds. 

Which elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?

Over the past two years we have been collating materials and ideas. At artsdepot we will be pulling all these details together to create a structure and working-script for the show. 

What the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal room?

Coffee…coffee and coffee!! Also as much gaffer tape as you can fit into a suitcase. And good collaborators. It’s all about the people involved – always.  

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