gilmorehill theatre Glasgow, Underbelly edinburgh,
gazarte athens, 2014-5
'I was born a hundred yards from paradise, so i know what heaven looks like'
Bloom stemmed from Vocal Point's work in the Glasgow City Mission soup kitchen over 10 months during 2013-14. It gives a voice to two individuals from the kitchen, recounting tales shared during evening meals. It is a frank, unflinching insight into the causes, stages and cyclic nature of homelessness.
Interweaved into the two tales is a live soundscape developed by artists Tanganyika and Greig Dickson, and visuals from South African artist Joshua Magor.
After a succesful run at Glasgow's Gilmorehill Theatre, Bloom was part of the Underbelly's 2014 Edinburgh Festival line up. It was met with widespread critical acclaim, recommended as one of The Guardian's Picks for the Fringe and featured on STV's highlights of the festival. Bloom then transferred to Athens' Gazarte.
Acclaim for bloom
"Emotional impact sneaking into your subconscious by stealth through what at first seems like straight descriptive narrative."
Keith Bruce, The Herald
"Storytelling that grips as the fortunes and misfortunes of two men, Anthony and Michael, unfold."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
glasgow, Site-specific 2014
'Mira's dad works abroad too much. Luke's father had too many kids to do that. Beth's almost not here thanks to her dad. And Steven reckons his wanted him gone too.'
A site-responsive production exploring father-child relationships, Splintered weaves together four stories during a journey through a house. Developed with performers Megan Reid, Kyle Cairns, Sophia Porter and Robert Scobie, the show was inspired by the rooms and walls of a property in location in Glasgow's West End. Each character was constructed from interviews conducted by Vocal Point.
Splintered was presented in conjunction with the Gilmorehill Theatre, where audiences arrived expecting to sit in the auditorium, only to be denied entry. Led instead to the local house, they were invited into the 'home' for a promenade piece, entering bedrooms and bathrooms, sharing a meal with one character and helping another break open a door so they could exit.
THE BRAINS of the FAmily
Cottiers Theatre glasgow, 2013
'Ernie was the joker of the household. He always wanted to be the entertainer.'
Staged to mimic a dependency support group meeting, The Brains of The Family admitted the audience onto the Cottiers Theatre stage for the story of two sisters struggling with their brother's bipolar. As they weigh up the diagnosis, the siblings find themselves at odds with each other over who to blame, and their relationship begins to crumble.
The Brains of The Family was developed in collaboration with a family who entrusted Vocal Point with tales regarding bipolar and how it had impacted their relationships. Nurtured and shaped into a performance by Jasmin Singh, Sophia Porter and Tony Sweeten, the production is a fictional interpretation of the events shared with us.