Damien's blog
April 2010
Damien writes...

The animals have been put out to grass (for the foreseeable future at least) as
our tour of
Animal Farm came to an end in Wakefield. But what an end! We
played the energetic and very physical show as one half of an Orwell double-bill
with
1984; animals in the afternoon and citizens of Oceania in the evening. The
response to both productions was very positive and has been throughout the
tour. We have played in some great new venues such as The Carriageworks in
Leeds, The Waterside Arts Centre in Sale, Wakefield Arts Centre, and, most
recently, The Quad in Derby (Patron, one John Hurt CBE).

Each venue presented us with new challenges and, as a company, we love a
challenge. Our production of
1984 integrates filmed sequences into the action as
well as having an impressive soundscape. This has been our most technically
ambitious production so far and we couldn’t have done it without amazing
technical support from Symon Culpan (lighting design) and Oli Trenouth (AV
design). Personally, it has been a real challenge to portray Winston Smith’s
journey through the play. It is physically and emotionally exhausting but great fun
and I know that, as an actor, the parts don’t come much better than that. All being
well, I’ll get to be seduced by Julia and tortured by Ben again in the near future.

It is the near future that is keeping Paper Zoo busy right now. We are embarking
on another challenge with our latest production 2020Vision. We welcome Emily
Thornton and Stacey Davies back into the Zoo for this production. This will be the
first fully devised show since the original ‘Paper Zoo’ (the show that gave the
company its name five years ago) and will really push us as performers. It will be
physical and visual and beyond that I can’t really give too much away as, to be
honest we’re still in the early stages of developing the ideas, improvising scenes
and creating the characters. But I can say that 2020Vision deals with human
interactions with technology and with one another when technology reaches the
end of the line.

We have a venue booked for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where 2020Vision will
have its premiere before we take the show on tour through the Autumn. Do keep
checking in with the website as we’ll post new information there as well as via our
company twitter feed PaperZooTheatre@twitter.com.

So, a massive thank you to John Hurt for his incredible and ongoing support for
us (We really do love Big Brother!) and to Beth, Hayley, Jodie and Rachel for
their stirling work down on the farm. Thanks too, to all you Zookeepers who come
and support us.

See you soon.

Damien
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