Guest post by Director, Laura Bridges:
Yesterday was the first day of rehearsals for ‘The Living Library’ performance, celebrating the research from the ‘Memories of Fiction’ project.
This point in process is always exciting, and a bit scary: knowing that in 3-4 weeks time, all these people will be coming to be entertained and moved and interested in something that right now doesn’t exist, won’t exist fully until it is (a)’live’ on the night.
In rehearsals, my pleasure is watching fragments emerging, slowly fitting them together to a coherent story. It was lovely to see the words from interviews months past, talking about memories years or decades past, coming alive now as images and actions created by our dancer, Patricia Suarez.
I look forward to posting more as our rehearsals progess.
Until then…. Here are some photographs from our day.
When we started dreaming up the Memories of Fiction project about five years ago, there wasn’t the tiniest inkling that a theatrical production could result from it. This wonderful development is now becoming very real! In one month from today, on 9th April, Lord Graham Tope (Chair of the Libraries-All Party Parliamentary Group) will be launching The Living Library.
This live art event is based on the Memories of Fiction interviews, and will be at the Omnibus Theatre, Clapham (South London), from 9-13th May. It comprises a series of storytelling, dance, sound art and participatory artworks spaced throughout the building’s theatre and common areas. Audiences will explore individually as well as sharing group experiences, choosing what they are interested in, just like a library (which the Omnibus theatre once was).
This new work is by Seadog Theatre, a Newcastle-based company who make visually and spatially inventive and interactive work for specific audiences. Director Laura Bridges is collaborating with artists from London and the North East, including acclaimed set designer Eleanor Slade, sound designer Lucy Harrison and choreographer/performer Patricia Verity Suarez. The artists hope this experience will reinvigorate audiences’ appreciation for reading and for their local library, underlining libraries not merely as containers of books, but as live spaces where people come together to imagine.
For performance times and to book, please visit the Theatre webpage.