West End- Stephan & the Sexy Partridge ****



Time Out Review of 'Stephen & the Sexy Partridge': "crisply executed, giddily inventive physicality"




Stephen and the Sexy Partridge written by Lily Bevan and Finnian O'Neill, directed byCal McCrystal, presented by Osip Theatre.

Following a sold out run at The Old Red Lion, Stephen and the Sexy Partridge returns to London in a new production by the award-winning director of The Mighty Boosh, Cal McCrystal, with choreography by Robyn Simpson .

Join Stephen on a Christmas shopping spree... Two Turtle Doves, Three French Hens, Four Calling Birds later... he ends up with more than he bargained for. What does it take to wake someone up to the true spirit of Christmas? A surreal tale of love between one man and his bird, this is a Christmas comedy cracker.

'Probably the silliest, most hilarious production in town and if you need something to get you into the Christmas spirit this is just the thing.' - WhatsOnStage

Studio 2, Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall , London SW1A 2DY (map)

Wednesday 25 November - Saturday 5 December

10pm show, all tickets £15

Wednesday 9 December - Saturday 2 January

9pm show, tickets £18.50 (£16 groups and concessions)

Please note there are no performances on 7, 8, 24, 25 & 31 Dec and 1 Jan
Tickets: Ambassadortickets.com 0844 871 7632








The Lovepet


The Lovepet was created and performed with a cast of nineteen dancers, aerialists and actors. The 45 min show was inspired by the poetry of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Delve into the highs and lows of a tumultuous relationship between poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath's with an exploration of pivotal moments that can define a lifetime.

'He wanted a mother of halva.
She wanted the hill-stream tabula rasa.
He wanted the
thread-end of
himself.
So they ransacked each other'
Folktale – Ted Hughes










Bungee, static line, dance, film, animation and text are used to explore the dynamics of relationships.

Produced by Floorless Productions
Choreographed by Robyn Simpson
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Music
Gallo Ciego by El Desquite
Temptation by Alcazaba
Asp by Iain Grandage, performed by Wood
Pan’s Labyrinth Lullaby by Javier Navarrete
Finale:
John Metcalfe (Otama, Undertow, A whole day nearer)
Underscore composition by Sebastian Willan


Poems
Ted Hughes: The Lovepet
Folktale
Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days
Sylvia Plath: The Lady and the Earthenware Head


Huge thank you to:
The cast - Jenny Atwood, Tim Baggaley, Osmund Bullock, Emma Brunton, Geny Caloisi, Graeme Clint, Jono Fee, Simon Fee, Joe Garcia, Victoria Hammond, Catriona Johnston, Loz, Alice MacKenzie, Greville Matthews, Beatrice Perini, Clare Plested, Hannah Shepherd, Hian Ruth Voon



Sky Neal – film maker / co-direction
Mark Morreaux - animation & photography
Mike Dixon – music editing
Sebastian Willan - additional sound
Loz – costume & make-up designer

Clare Elliott - photography
Kim Harris & Stuart Horrod flyer design: H&H Design
Alex & Nick – rigging and space support / The Hangar Arts Trust & Aircraft Circus
Azographics Grays Inn Rd - flyer printing
Stage events – shoes



Extra thanks to Will Cleary – rigging support, Genevieve Wilkins (music advice), Michele Laine (outside eye), Mike Toon (technical support), Kathryn and Claire (HAT), Mark Perin (rigging).






The Point Opening with video

Mechanics of Motion / Winterlumen

Opening of The Point phase 3, Eastleigh - November 12, 2009

The aerial dance duet, Mechanics of Motion, was commissioned to mark the opening of a new building at The Point theatre complex in Eastleigh.

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Performed by Jono Fee & Graeme Clint

Musician/composer: Sianed Jones

Rigged by High Performance Productions


Leonardo Da Vinci has always fascinated me as someone who cross-fertilised ideas from science, art and engineering. Da Vinci is widely regarded as an innovator and inventor and his research and works on anatomy, movement and flight provide numerous sources of inspiration for an aerial duet. The drawing of the Vetruvian Man, one of the most widely recognized symbols in the world, was one such source for the piece. The Roman architect Vetruvius, after whom Da Vinci’s drawing is named, theorized that the human body was the principle source of proportion in architecture because the body fits into the perfect geometric forms of a square and a circle.

Throughout the Renaissance many artists tried, and failed, to produce the relationship Vetruvius described. It took Da Vinci’s innovative and artistic abilities to present a solution.

Da Vinci’s work on anatomy and motion was never just about the specific item under investigation. It was also about how the item and the findings were connected to other aspects of the natural and built world. His detailed drawings and models explored the mechanics of a moving body and was, in part, a component of his research into whether humans could ever master flight.

With some artistic liberty, I have taken some of these images, thoughts and concepts to create a dance of bodies moving through the air.