the Nightingale

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Work In Progress

Companies and artists from Brighton and beyond are always encouraged to use the spaces here to develop new performances. If you pass by the Grand Central Bar on a sunny afternoon, shade your eyes and look up to the windows of the Nightingale, you will often catch a glimpse of movement; as someone, or some-group, get to play out something new.

A bespectacled puppet

A Colossal Crumbs character contemplates the abyss

These past weeks, noises of fevered activity have been coming from the Dining Room as Annie Brooks’ company Colossal Crumbs have been developing a new work, Carp Blanch, and fanSHEN have been working on their performance as part of Dip Your Toe, Green and Pleasant Land.

Annie Brooks (Colossal Crumbs) is one of the many delightful faces to populate the Nightingale with her works, whether they’re ready made, in the making or just being thought about. Having been hard at work on the new show Carp Blanche, you are now invited to a visual feast for the eyes, merging puppetry and film and encompassed within the setting of a 1920s silent movie. The wordless performance will be narrated with beautiful text, music and an alluring French(ish) man, and will be shown as a work in progress on Thursday the 15th of March at 7.30pm.

Audiences are invited to pay what they can for Carp Blanch, but places are limited so do reserve your tickets here.


One comment on “Work In Progress

  1. Such an innovative and crazy puppet show! It was full to the brim with loony, madcap creatures, props and the stories were delightfully convoluted and laugh-out-loud funny! I loved the endearing, suicidal fish, Cuthbert. I also loved Ludwig, the arrogant ‘artiste’ prawn, pretentious and ludicrous in equal measures. Last but not least, there was the delightfully batty Sea Cucumber, Myrtle – not the usual sea cucumber, mind you, but a political activist, tea drinking, envelope re-cycling, sea cucumber.
    The puppeteers were very skilled, working with a myriad of vintage props and puppets. The landscape of vintage suitcases on the set was also a clever choice, in that they were used in so many different ways – to house Myrtle’s gherkin collection and Ludwig’s computer among others. The puppets themselves were an inspired concoction of ‘home-made’, undulating and ludicrous creatures.
    The ‘1920s’ silent film worked so well with the puppets. First of all, the film served to develop the characters of the puppets, emphasise their little quirks and helped with the narrative. Secondly, the captions were very funny and would have been even better had the screen been bigger or more central so that you could watch the puppets and the screen at the same time. Despite being a work-in-progress, it was full of promise and you can imagine that very soon the few rough edges will be smoothed out to make it an even funnier show. Very entertaining, completely unique! Well done to everyone involved!


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This entry was posted on March 5, 2012 by in Development Work, the Nightingale.
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