Hotels, Leisure Centres & Self-Storage


  • Posted: October 6, 2016
  • Contact Name: Terry O'Donovan
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  • Organisation: Dante or Die
  • Categories: Something Different

Project Outline

We’ve been making performances in a variety of sites for 10 years. We create partnerships with businesses and arts venues across the country to create and stage performances in working environments. We capture people’s imaginations and reframe how they look at quite normal spaces by inviting them into our intimate performance worlds, where we celebrate the magical in the mundane. We have created a repertoire of three tourable site-specific productions: Take On Me takes place in sports & leisure centres after hours. It is set in the 1980’s and explores body image, community and self-esteem via a journeying through the gym, changing rooms and the pool. Professional performers are joined by a participation cast and a local choir. Handle With Care is performed in self-storage buildings. Journeying to six self-stroage units the show it follows one woman from the age of 18 to 45 and her emotional link to her stuff. The production explores why we all keep stuff under the bed or in a parent’s garage, combining a simple, human story with the cold, isolated corridors of these anonymous buildings that exist across the country. I Do is performed in six rooms and the connecting corridor of a hotel. Divided into groups you are a fly-on-the wall to a wedding party 15 minutes before the couple tie the knot. Each group rotates and untangles the storylines in a different order to each other. Through intimate, funny and poignant moments the piece asks why we continue to say “I do”.

Support Outline

We are looking to create partnerships with venues around the country interested in partnering us on a Strategic Touring bid to bring some of these performances to existing and potential new audiences in 2018. To date these shows have been commissioned or presented by venues such as Lighthouse Poole, South Street Reading & Harlow Playhouse as well as local authorities with the aim of increasing new engagement via new marketing routes and exposure through different channels. The productions specifically aim to offer something different to local people through using buildings or venues that are familiar and part of day-to-day life.

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