Current and past projects

A little something about our projects...

PRESENT WORK

NEW PROJECT FOR SPRING AND SUMMER 2014

Plain Sight is calling for submissions for new writers and show devisors for a new project aimed at young children in the UK.

Your piece should be aimed for children aged in the range of 3-8  (Key stages – Early years  to 1 and 2), and would ideally incorporate some part of the national curriculum, but this is not a requirement for submitting. (National curriculum information: https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview)

We aim to produce the piece in the summer of 2014 and would be keen to work closely with writer/artist/devisor during the rehearsal and project period, and potentially further on.

Please email: info@plainsight.co.uk with any questions you might have regarding you submission. Submission must be received by March 16th. Please send submissions to info@plainsight.co.uk with the subject line being ’Spring2014/your name and name of play’.

If you would like to perform in this project please also contact us using the email above or by using our website, www.plainsight.co.uk/contact

PAST WORK

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (December 2012)

The Night Before Christmas is a short piece of physical story telling aimed at children aged 2-4. The performance includes live physical performance and loud reading, music and puppetry. The piece highly visual and captivates the audience, and allow the children to engage and participate in the story as the poem is read out loud.

The piece is based on the poem, written by Clement Clark Moore and first published in 1823. The poem could arguably be the best-known verses ever written on the subject of Christmas,  the childish joy and thrill of Santa Claus. The poem is largely responsible for the conception of Santa Claus the mid-nineteenth century to today, including his physical appearance, the night of his visit, his mode of transportation, the number and names of his reindeer, as well as the tradition that he brings toys to children. Prior to the poem, people’s ideas about St. Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors varied considerably. The poem has influenced ideas about St. Nicholas and Santa Claus from the United States to the rest of the world.

The show was extremely well received and performed in a selection of libraries across South London during December 2012.

CAFE CONVERSATIONS (Spring and Summer 2012)

Cafe Conversations is a series of conversations from theatre set in public spaces. The project explores the idea of eavesdropping on the conversations of others as well as staging performances in unconventional locations for an unaware audience. The work presents theatre in a non-theatrical setting, reaching a non-theatre audience. The performance exists in the middle of an unsuspecting audience, where it can be overheard. Through the act of eavesdropping, the audience realises that they are eavesdropping on something artificial, and so feel justified in their act and encouraged to view the performance more openly.

The project features a selection of conversations from Shakespeare, contemporary and emerging playwrights and places theatre in a public space, in plain sight of whoever chooses to engage with it. Performers leave subtle invitations to the audience, encouraging them to find another performance in a different venue, leading to an underground following of the performances, which are happening covertly in a number of cafes.

After a succesful run across London in April and May the project was extended to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012 where it was performed in a variety of public spaces across the whole festival.