house has named the recipient of its first recommission, which will enable an existing production to be remade and toured in 2014.
- £25,000 is being awarded to Chris Goode and Company to remount Longwave, originally created in 2006.
- Longwave was chosen from 85 applications by panel of six venue programmers.
- The remounted production will tour across the South East in Autumn 2014.
house, the touring and audience engagement initiative supported by Arts Council England to improve the range, quality and scale of contemporary theatre presented across the South East and Eastern England, is to award £25,000 to Chris Goode and Company to remake and tour Goode’s acclaimed 2006 production Longwave.
As part of an open call out, the house recommission attracted 85 proposals from theatremakers across the globe to remake and tour an existing theatre production that would suit touring on the small- to mid-scale for single night engagements. The £25,000 award is broken into two strands of funding, with £10,000 to remount the piece and £15,000 to cover touring costs for 15 dates across the South East region. Shortlisting and interviewing for the recommission process was conducted by representatives from six venues from across the South East, comprising Eastbourne College Theatre; Letchworth Arts Centre; Norwich Playhouse; The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon; South Street Arts Centre, Reading; and Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.
Longwave was originally produced by Corn Exchange Newbury, in association with Chris Goode’s first company Signal To Noise. It undertook a small tour in 2006 and was presented at the Lyric Hammersmith and as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase in 2007. In revisiting the production, Chris Goode and Company intend to reunite Tom Lyall and Jamie Wood, who created the roles, as well as a number of the original creative team.
Chris Goode says, “Longwave has long held a special place in my affections as one of the most unusual and enjoyable projects I’ve had the delight of working on. There’s something magically exciting about the prospect of revisiting the show, refreshing and remixing it, and using it as a point of entry into a whole new set of conversations with audiences in the South East.”
John Luther, house steering group member and recommission panellist, says, “house is delighted to offer Chris Goode & Company our recommission to tour their show Longwave. It has been amazing to see the quality of companies who submitted critically acclaimed, popular shows from their back-catalogues for our consideration. Unfortunately house could only breathe life back into one, but we are really excited that new and old audiences will get the chance to see the brilliant Longwave. They are in for a treat.”
The production will tour to venues across South East and Eastern England during Autumn 2014.
Notes to Editors:
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Chris Goode and Company
Chris Goode & Company is a collaboration between lead artist Chris Goode and producer Ric Watts who work alongside a fluid, evolving ensemble of performers, designers and makers, with a group of associate artists at its core. The company was formed in 2011 to provide Chris Goode – as an important contemporary theatre-maker – with a stronger infrastructure through which to create a portfolio of increasingly ambitious work.
The company’s work focuses on original, exploratory theatre projects created across a variety of contexts, with a focus on ensemble-based and participatory processes, and on formally innovative but accessible approaches to documentary and storytelling. Key successes include Monkey Bars (Traverse, 2012), 9 (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2012), GOD/HEAD (Ovalhouse, 2012) and The Adventures of Wound Man & Shirley (touring, 2011).
Two scientists, stranded in the middle of nowhere. Living together in a run-down shed. Working together to try and make sense of the strange and hostile world that surrounds them. Playing games and making music to help pass the time. Nothing for company but an old wireless. But as the radio waves begin to rise up around them, will they sink or swim?
Performed entirely without dialogue by Tom Lyall and Jamie Wood, and created by writer/director Chris Goode, Longwave is a seductively bleak comedy with a tender heart.
“This wordless and highly eloquent 75-minute piece reels you in until there is no surrender.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ★★★★
“This almost wordless show speaks volumes about madness, love, companionship and the small satisfactions of working life.” Evening Standard ★★★★
“This is a typical Chris Goode show – inventive, quirky and tenderly sad.” Time Out ★★★★
“Visually entertaining, directed well and performed with a concentrated enthusiasm.” The Stage