A new outdoor play for 2021
The Furrow is our new outdoor theatre piece, created in the grounds of Chiswick House during lockdown in 2020. It will be staged in London parks throughout the summer of 2021.
What’s the story?
Kevin and Michael are about to meet for the first time in seven years. Father and son have different expectations of that meeting. But that’s nothing new: their history, which Michael has moved to New York to get away from, has two very different tellings. Kevin is convinced he was a dad like no other. Michael sees a ruined past ravaged by alcohol. This meeting, taking place where Michael had his birthday parties, will determine whether the future can fare any better.
Where’s it on?
Working with local authorities and a range of parks throughout the capital, we will present a short run in each spot with free workshops. As always it is our aim to reach out to the widest possible audience, and with this play and its accessible outdoor setting and storytelling, we hope to bring in those that shy away from a theatre.
More details to follow as we finalise the locations and tour dates.
Throughout 2020, we tried to keep as many groups as we can going. Some shifted successfully to a virtual meet up, others had to be put on hold until we can return to the various buildings we work in. Some of the most isolated and vulnerable people who join us are unable to join, or uncomfortable with, the virtual, so we are itching to get back.
THE LABOUR OF LOCKDOWN
The unsettling shift in the way we live has left theatre practitioners scratching their heads and finding new ways to make their work meaningful. Here at Vocal Point, whilst we carry on with some of our groups through virtual meetings, we have been searching for a way to make some post-Covid theatre. Where else but the outdoors.
In lockdown, we spent some time recording improvisations in London parks and commons and, getting strange looks from dog-walkers. The result was a new script and and outdoor production which we'll be staging in 2021. Look out for more information on the project in full, but for now you can read a little about our improv and script-devising process here.
Wherever I lay my line
We have always been interested in taking theatre out there, rather than being bound by the walls of traditional spaces. With many theatres and other performance places shutting their doors, we have been developing a site responsive play to be staged in a small business. As restrictions ease, we will be looking at places where we can stage this new show in 2021.