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Feral Theatre

   
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www.feraltheatre.co.uk
feraltheatre@googlemail.com
t : 01273 - 819 346
07960 794 408
Brighton, Sussex
England

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Ways of Working  
Practices
devised physical theatre, puppetry, clown, storytelling, improvisation, aerial, live music

Places
green spaces, derelict or forgotten buildings, private homes, community spaces, theatres and schools, community allotments, the beach, back gardens, parks, woodlands

Recent themes
myth, nature, the quest, death and renewal, human experience, responsibility, the wild

Vision  
Feral: A feral organism is one that has escaped from domestication and returned, partly or wholly, to its wild state. 


Feral: Its presence may also excite domestic animals and push them to escape. 


Feral Theatre aims to reach a wide range of people, bringing inspirational theatre to both conventional and unconventional spaces.

We use storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry and music in our shows. We adapt each performance for each new space and audience, interweaving fixed pieces with improvisation. We are inspired by the time, season, and place we are in, as well as the people we perform to.

We explore themes and stories with the aim of bridging the gap between:

    the inner world and the outside world
    the audience and their environment
    the ancient and the contemporary
    the theatrical and the personal.
We combine our skills to create a theatre that hopes to embody and represent the wild parts in each of us - the creative, the aware, the questioning, the emotional, the alive, the free...

 
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Productions and Projects

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Invisible Giant
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2014
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If plastic could talk, what story would it tell?

Feral Theatre present the story of a being who is made of rubbish and who grows inexorably larger, its life shaped by what we discard.

    From an underground cavern far in the future, S.C.U.Z. (Synthetics Collectors of the Underground Zones) miner archaeologists work diligently to sift through our ancient detritus, unearthing wondrous treasures of mysterious uses. Slowly they reveal a story, one of men and women, and of their relationship to plastic.
A fusion of physical theatre, original music and inventive puppetry, Invisible Giant opened at the Brighton Festival. Feral Theatre plan to tour the piece in winter 2014 / 2015.

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A Funeral for the Caspian Tiger
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2012
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performed at the Uncivilisation Festival, August 2012

photo: 'The tiger wakes to say goodbye'; by Bridget Mackenzie

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A Funeral for the Caspian Tiger

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Remembering the Javan Tiger
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2012
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Remembering the Javan Tiger, in Feral Theatre's series on extinction, was performed in collaboration with Winston’s Wish and the Southbank Centre’s Gamelan Orchestra. The performance fused shadow puppetry, sign language, live gamelan music and participatory ritual to tell the story of this lost species and to link the fate of the Javan Tiger to contemporary issues of habitat loss and ecological change.

The performance was part of Death: The Southbank's Festival of the Living.

photo: Abigail Horn

Remembering the Javan Tiger is listed under Feral Theatre and the Royal Festival Hall.

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Remembering the Javan Tiger

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Triptych
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2012, 2013
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Tryptch was winner of The Best New Play award at the Brighton Fringe, 2012.

Tryptych was performed again in Brighton, 30 May - 2 June 2013.

    At the Brighton Fringe, and around Brighton's oldest building, St. Peter's Church, Preston Park, Feral Theatre presented three solo works fusing puppetry, physical theatre and aerial skills.

    The three productions are explorations of loss and metamorphosis. In Papusza, a Romany storyteller tell of freedoms lost. The journey of the last Eskimo curlew and of love on the edge of extinction is witnessed in The Last of the Curlews. Rites of passage, activism and transformation combine in TreeStory, an aerial account of the battle for Newbury woods, cut down to make way for a bypass.

    'Three ways of fighting, three ways of dying'.

writers: Feral Theatre’s co-directors Rachel Porter, Persephone Pearl and Emily Laurens
score performed by composer Tom Cook

The Last of the Curlews was also performed as part of the Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibition at the ONCA Gallery, Brighton, 10 -11 January 2013, and at the TEDx Whitechapel.

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Papusza

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A Funeral for Lost Species
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2011
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This tragicomic, site-specific promenade performance - part theatre, part ritual - was presented at the Brighton Festival and Green Man Festival.

The performance featured visual arts, live music and puppetry in the staging of the funerals of 'Endlings', the last of an extinct species. Audiences heard extinction stories, glimpsed those implicated in each loss, and explored the mysterious 'Graveyard for Lost Species', from its shrines to its unsettling dark spaces.

At the Green Man Festival, participants created a shrine for an extinct species from recycled and discarded materials from the festival site for a procession in the festival parade.

The project was a 2011 TippingPoint commission and explored the loss of species, places and cultures resulting from human interventions, including the threat to biodiversity from climate change.

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A Funeral for Lost Species

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Funeral for the Bali Tiger
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2011
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Feral Theatre was invited to continue the Funeral for Lost Species theme at the Green Man Festival in Wales.

Inspired by the royal funeral traditions of Bali, we made the withy sarcophagus of a Bali Tiger (last seen in 1937). Festival participants then created the sarcophagus coverings from rubbish collected around the festival site. Children created a tin can gamelan orchestra, and we carried the Tiger aloft accompanied by percussion and chanting in a funeral procession on the last day of the festival. That night, we cremated the Bali Tiger on a huge pyre.

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Funeral for the Bali Tiger

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The Sabbats
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2007 - 2008
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For the year October 2007- October 2008, Feral created outdoor performances to mark each of the main seasonal festivals, or sabbats.

The dates we choose for our shows are based on the pagan calendar, in which natural processes are seen as following a continuous cycle.

The progression of birth, life, decline and death, as experienced in human lives, is echoed in the progression of the seasons - and in our series of performances.

The stories we tell are also inspired by, and are about, the places where the shows happen. These places so far have included community allotments, Brighton beach, back gardens, and parks.

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The Sabbats

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  Feral Theatre
www.feraltheatre.co.uk
feraltheatre@googlemail.com
t: 01273 - 819 346
07960 794 408

Brighton, Sussex
England

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