Artist’s Diary – RICH MIX WORK-IN-PROGRESS PERFORMANCE

Drunken Nights work in progress

Drunken Nights work in progress

Drunken Nights work in progress

Drunken Nights mentors - Cathy, Adam and Franko

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NON APPLICABLE DANCE COLLECTIVE

We had our food, flip charts, business cards and sexy dance moves planned but all of a sudden, nerves decided to hit us. It all became real. We were were shaking in our new patent stilettos and standing poker straight in our beauty coats and after hours of rehearsal and repetition it was finally here.

Non Applicable Dance Collective

After our little wobble the night started and like ducks to water we tottered into the space and began the lecture. Moral was high and support was generous even though the crowd were not as lairy and giddy as the pub’s space was. Performing with Selina and Fine Chisel, we felt it had all come together and cemented our triple bill belonging. Both performances were enjoyable and refreshing and we all seemed to compliment each other.

Non Applicable Dance Collective         Non Applicable Dance Collective

Non Applicable Dance Collective

We rounded off the night with a post show reflection on the arm of our mentors, which helped us understand how the audience perceived the piece. It was interesting for us to meet the other mentors and talk about their input to the other pieces. Like a proud parent, Franko undoubtedly told the audience what he liked about our piece, the culture of drinking and excess and the notion of taking the mickey out of ourselves. Which means, we couldn’t have done this without Franko or the help from Drunken chorus. Thank you x

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SELINA THOMPSON

Hey There Cool Cats,

Selina here, just dropping in with the 411 about my experience of our gorgeous work in progress showing at Rich Mix on Monday – I can’t believe that that was just earlier this week! It feels like aeons have passed since…

Selina Thompson

There’s only a couple of things that I want to get across to you really, as I feel it’s an event better summed up by being there (nudge nudge wink wink) or through images. The first is how awesome it is to be able to sit down face to face with an audience, and to hear what they think – good and bad, to truly listen to an audience debate your work – what’s best for you as a performer, what’s best for the piece, what they got, and what they missed. Our audience on Monday were super responsive, getting in there with what they liked, what they fear won’t work in a pub environment – they were every inch as invested in the success of the work as we were. So if you came, big love. Lots of people said brilliantly useful things.

Selina Thompson         Selina Thompson

The second thing was how surreal it all was. To be sat on stage together with all our mentors, having gotten the pieces made, and having performed them to each other, was lovely – especially odd to be sat amongst people I’d been studying the practice of just months before. It was truly bizarre. Weird.

Selina Thompson

That’s all from me, really. Get your bum down to… The Star on Wednesday. There will be drinking and dancing and shouting and smashing and great big dollops of humanity (says Franko B). So you, know. Get to the pub.

Big Love, Broskis and Siskis

S xxx

Selina Thompson

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FINE CHISEL

We seem to have created a show that can’t be rehearsed.

Fine Chisel

The joy of the entire Drunken Nights project is the opportunity to get down and dirty with pub audiences. But how do we practice it? Sure, we spent a lot of time last week editing stories, improvising material and going over music – but when it came to it, what were the most memorable bits of our performance on Monday night at Rich Mix?

Fine Chisel         Fine Chisel

– Our beautiful audience can-can dancers.

– The guy who volunteered to join us on stage for a drinking competition but made us wait while he went to the toilet first.

– The chap who volunteered his pint of beer as a replacement when we accidentally spilled a vase of flowers.

– Whoever it was that decided to put double shots of rum in every mojito and use up three shows’ worth of booze in five minutes.

– The group on the table in the middle who audibly gasped at the end of the piece.

Fine Chisel

It’s difficult to talk much about the how our rehearsed bits of the show were received without giving the whole thing away for anyone who hasn’t seen it. But the audience’s bits – these examples and many more, all in less than 25 minutes – were brilliant. We hope that some of the superstars will come back and revisit their roles at the pub shows over the next couple of weeks. We’re not sure we can do it without them.

Fine Chisel

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LIVE FEEDBACK SESSION

Live feedback session

Live feedback session         Live feedback session

Live feedback session         Live feedback session

Live feedback session         Live feedback session

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