SALT is an interdisciplinary theatre piece set on the East Coast of England. The subject is loss, loneliness and resilience. Form will include physical and visual performance, puppetry, objects and shadow play, new music composition, choral work and film. The work will be devised in collaboration with performers and a community choir at The Seagull and then tour the East Coast collaborating with different community choirs along the way. We would look to take it out to festivals after this. Alongside the show itself there are many opportunities for outreach work: story-sharing, puppetry workshops, Lecoq workshops, percussion workshops and singing with VoiceCloud.
The next step: a two-week development period. The first week would involve VoiceCloud and James Keane exploring shanties and other choral work with a community choir made up of the Shanty Choir and local fishing families and their descendants from Lowestoft. This will capture regional shanties and on a practical level, see how long it takes the group to learn a shanty, and new compositions from James Keane. This would inform how we structured the rehearsal period and help us answer practical questions.
The second week would explore materials and LEM work with performers and puppeteer Sarah Fuller. What can we do and how can we tell stories with salt, glass bowls, water, shadow lights, fishing nets and other objects? This would enable us to experiment with form, leaving more time and space for devising during the rehearsal period. We would film-document the work .
SALT develops the connection The Seagull has with the community and reaches further with the theatre piece and the outreach programme. This will maintain and broaden their audience by connecting more with the business and fishing community.
SALT resonates strongly with The Seagull because the storyline is so pertinent to Lowestoft and its community with its strong links to the fishing industry with descendants of these families still living in the town now. Historically, the lighthouse is Britain’s oldest established coastal lighthouse still in use. There have been lights on this site since 1609 other than during the war.