What to expect at Room 2016: Double Bill

| Mon 17 Oct 2016

Room, our festival of ideas is back with three nights of new work by established and emerging artists. On Thursday 17 November we welcome Forest Sounds Theatre with The Church of Jim and Rosie Wilby with The Conscious Uncoupling to our Creation Space. We caught up with them to find out more about what inspired the work, what to expect on the night and more about the creation process.

Forest Sounds Theatre: The Church of Jim

Can you tell us about the company and the work you create?

We make fantastical live experiences with a political or social motivation at their heart. Our work revolves around collaboration and experimenting with theatre to create new performative environments that explore our world. We work non-hierarchically and interdisciplinary - Andy and Ben are award-winning poets and Alfie is a theatre-maker whose work is generally more physical than textual.

Can you tell us a bit more about what inspired the performance?

We were curious about what it would be like to get an audience to get behind the most ridiculous thing possible. After some research (reading his autobiography) this turned out to be Jim Davidson, the noughties light entertainment giant. After a successful scratch of this, we expanded the idea of ‘Jim’ beyond Jim Davidson, and placed our Church within a surreal, politically dark fictional world.

What can we expect from the show?

The Church of Jim offers a real opportunity to think deeply about the world, its issues and how to resolve them. It’s funny too. You’ll be given the chance to opine, pray, sing, eat cake and dance, if you wish.

What’s the most interesting thing that you’ve come across in the creation process?

Finding out that you can use duct tape to turn a keyboard playmat into incidentally operated, atonal wings.

www.forestsounds.org/
@forest_sounds

Rosie Wilby: The Conscious Uncoupling

Can you tell us about yourself and the work you create?

My background is comedy however I've always created solo shows with a solo theatre / storytelling feel that follow a narrative arc. This show follows Nineties Woman, my feminist adventure documentary show.

Can you tell us a bit more about what inspired the performance?

I wanted to write something a bit more emotional and vulnerable and not hide behind jokes and find humour in the reality, the tragedy. I re-read the breakup email id received from my ex, exactly five years on. I realised that enough time had passed to be even-handed and explore both sides of the separation and aftermath. I also started thinking about how technology now plays a role in our romantic lives.

What can we expect from the show?

A three-layered narrative interweaving bits of the real breakup correspondence with a lyrical telling of the good bits of the love story and the visits of three ghosts who bring insights into the nature of love and nostalgia.

What’s the most interesting thing that you’ve come across in the creation process?

When you type break up in [the font] wingdings a little police car comes up. The real most interesting thing is revealed in the show and was a Facebook discovery that forms a twist near the end.

www.rosiewilby.com
@rosiewilby #consciousuncoupling

See The Church of Jim by Forest Sounds Theatre and The Conscious Uncoupling by Rosie Wilby at artsdepot Thursday 17 November.

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