is a cantekerous 2 foot high puppet, with a cardboard head, who lives
on a table. And he's got a problem. All he ever gets asked to perform
is fairy tales or children's birthday parties, and he's fed up with
it. He's an artist! He's a serious puppet! So tonight the table is
his and anything can happen...
puppetry inspired by Beckett, the Bible and Ikea.
PICK OF THE FEST Guardian
OF THE TOP 5 MODERN PUPPET SHOWS Sunday
GRAND PRIX Kontrapunkt Festival, Poland
The Telegraph ****
Summit prove once again that when you're working in miniature you don't
have to think small"
The Guardian ****
The Times **** The Independent
**** What's On Stage ***** SG
***** Exeunt Magazine **** Edinburgh
***** The Public Reviews ****
**** Broadway Baby ****
performed by Blind Summit, Mark Down and Nick Barnes
designed and made by Blind Summit Theatre
Run at Soho Theatre done making 103 performances! The Table is now
a two part show: Moses does one hour, and the French Puppetry is an
encore. We have at least learnt to do an hour of gags, now we need
to shape the show into some sort of narrative arc. Without losing
the immediacy of the mucking around and the improvisation. The show
is at its best when things go wrong...
Hmm... yes I know - long
time since I blogged last. So. Today we are a week away from our first
London preview at Jackson's Lane. I am nervous about finishing in
time but also we need a deadline to make us finish, and an audience
to tell what we have made. I wonder what it is. I am still not sure.
There have been some great discoveries - especially I like a little
man we have made out of hands and feet and a cast of Martin's head.
He still has a lot of potential to discover. The cast are really good
and in good spirits and we are working working working. That is all
we can do now - keep working, get the feedback from the audiences
and then rework. And hope they come. We look forward to seeing you!
Is this how you write a blog?
We just came out of 2 weeks workshopping at Jackson's Lane with a
bunch of puppets and lots of different people every day. Some old
friends, some new friends, some people we've wanted to work with for
a while. It's been very brainstormy, anything goes, chaos.We "shared"
on Thursday and collected comments from "beautiful and amazing"
to "I expected more..." to "I didn't understand it"!
I don't understand it yet either. We have found some exciting new
images - paper coming out of a brief case, a giant Elmer Phud arms
dealer character, two disembodied heads having a romantic dinner,
an old man fishing off a table, heads trapped in a square of string.
An old man fishing off the side of the table. I think it's going to
be a visual journey through Beckett. And existentialisme. But what
is the table? Why have we called it "The Table"? We have
a lot of thinking to do... hmmm... Loving Jackson's Lane and being
in Highgate: there are trees, it's on a hill, there are some nice
pubs, there are two year olds doing ballet and teenagers doing streetdancing
and we spotted John Simm the other day with his boy.
FUTURE TOUR DATES
UK & Europe:
Stephanie Hay, General Manager
Australia, NZ, South America:
Michael Mushalla, www.double-m-arts.com
and Directed by Blind Summit
Lemez and Friedel
Based on an original commission by YAD
Arts and JCC
Jun - Sibiu Festival, Romania
31 May-2 Jun - Vienna
28-29 May - Israel
24-25 May - ILT Festival,
11 May - Erlangen,
8 May - MADE Festival,
Apr - Kontrapunkt Festival, Poland
Mar - Winchester Theatre Royal
Feb - Le Grand T, France
Feb - Le Grand R, France
Jan-1 Feb - Les Carre-Les Colonnes, France
Jan - Le Grand Theatre de Lorient, France
Nov- 1 Dec - Ring Festival, France
Oct - 31 Oct- UK Now Festival, China
were: Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, Guangzhou Opera House 1933 Theatre
National Pioneer Theatre
Sept - Theatrefestival Basel, Switzerland
Aug - Noorderzon Festival, Holland
Aug - Pleasance, Edinburgh
Jul - Holt Festival, Norfolk
Jul - Festival Des Sept Collines, France
Jun - Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells
Jun - Arts Festival of North Norway
Jun - Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury
May - Soho Theatre, London
May - Fidena Festival, Germany
May - The Old Market, Brighton Festival
Apr - Jackson's Lane, London
Mar - Lakeside Theatre, Colchester
Mar - Brighton Dome, Brighton
Mar - Norwich Playhouse, Nowrich
Mar - The Gulbenkian, Canterbury
Mar - Bedford Theatre, Bedford
Mar - Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
Feb - The Junction, Cambridge
Feb - The Nuffield, Southampton
Feb - The Brewery Theatre, Bristol
Feb - Lighthouse Poole, Poole
Feb - Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick
Feb - Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Feb - Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax
Feb - The Lowry, Manchester
Jan-1 Feb - Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
Jan - E M Forster Theatre, Tonbridge
Jan - South Street Arts Centre
Jan - Newbury Corn Exchange
Jan - Soho Theatre, London as part of the London International Mime
of THE TABLE:
the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011
August - Pleasance
with previews at Jackson's Lane,South Street Arts Centre Reading and
Trestle Arts Base.