The Firestation works closely with a number of professional artists and companies, offering a supportive environment to develop creative practice, training opportunities and artistic visions.
We are delighted to welcome 2headedpigeon onto our residents programme, to work alongside our existing resident companies, 4Motion Dance Theatre Company, Everyday Theatre and No Handbags Theatre Company.
To find out more about all our residents and their future plans please see below:
2headedpigeon Theatre Company
2headedpigeon Theatre Company are committed to making theatre that packs a punch; they seek to engage and provoke audiences with theatre which is vibrant, original and irreverent. The company has premiered 6 productions on the London/Edinburgh Fringe – The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid (2009) won the ThreeWeeks Editor’s Award and was featured in the Guardian. The company have been called “fresh talent with intelligence, wit, irreverence and the technique to carry it off” by ThreeWeeks, “relentlessly inventive and recklessly funny” by What’s on Stage, and were commended by The Sunday Business Post for bringing a “profound and all-too-relevant message to the masses.” 2headedpigeon Theatre Company are currently working on their Summer Season…
To celebrate their residency at the Firestation Arts Centre, they will be exploding onto the Windsor streets in Spring 2010, with a series of high-concept, low-budget, maximum-impact live art happenings.
A revival of their energetic rock anti-musical, The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid, which is touring to fringe venues and festivals across the country.
A period of research and development on Threadbare Greebo, a steampunk fairytale about a boy made of rags, on the run from a woman with needles for fingers. Their R&D will include workshops with mental health service users and young people in Autumn 2010, in preparation for a full production in Spring/Summer 2011.
Further information is available on 2headedpigeon Theatre Company’s website: <a href=”http://www.2headedpigeon.co.uk” title=”Visit 2headedpigeon website”>www.2headedpigeon.co.uk</a>.
4Motion Dance Theatre Company
4Motion Dance Theatre Company is a professional collaborative arts company who specialise in fusing contemporary dance, theatre, music and visual arts in professional, educational and community settings. 4Motion is passionate about producing high-quality, original and inclusive art experiences, sharing their collaborative practice with artists, young people and adults.
4Motion kick started their second year residency at the Firestation in September 2009, returning with a jam-packed line up of youth classes, professional performances and improvisations, adult dance classes, Twilight INSET opportunities for teachers, GCSE Dance Conferences, school workshops, Dance Leadership course, and….. some excited news about a project in Cambodia
4Motion will also been embarking on its most ambitious project yet. In January 2010, the 4Motion team will be flying to Cambodia to work alongside Epic Arts on a dance on film and photography project. The Company will spend a whole month devising, facilitating workshop and filming a completely organic project that will be exhibited and shown at the Firestation in the New Year. We will keep you posted with our creative travels, so watch this space…………………..
For the past five years Jo Sparks & Richard Allen of Everyday Theatre have operated in residence at The Windsor Boys’ School, delivering arts in education to schools all over the Borough and beyond. They have a strong relationship with the local community and have learnt what it is that makes youngsters tick and developed a style of theatre and way of working to embrace them. Their shows, workshops and weekly classes have put them in touch with all ages of the community.
Of their recent move to The Firestation they say “Coming here has given us an opportunity to expand into loads of new areas. Our theatre school has become the Firestarters Youth Theatre with weekly acting classes from school years 3 right up to year 13 students. Firestarters provides an opportunity for young people to get involved with creating original drama on a weekly basis in a relaxed and friendly environment.” Everyday have gained a reputation for developing entirely original material in their workshops and the shows they put on, which attracts students that are not only interested in acting but set design, writing and performance as a whole.
Everyday Theatre keep a close relationship with the Windsor Boys’ School and are involved in running various projects for pupils in fear of exclusion such as the STARTS project and the Detour Project. They also keep in touch with curriculum by teaching a day a week in KS3.
Jo and Richard are currently working on their new professional show under the working title of ‘Van’ alongside preparing a Christmas showcase for the Firestarters Youth theatre.
You can contact Everyday Theatre by calling 01753 866 865 ext 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
No Handbags Theatre Unlimited
No Handbags makes visually striking performance based experiences that are emotionally engaging and blur the boundaries between performer and audience.
The company of performers with learning disabilities aims to challenge traditional perceptions of theatre and nurture and facilitate the artistic expressions of non conventional artists.
No Handbags takes its unique method of practice into primary schools where the company performers facilitate workshops for children without learning disabilities, as well as into day centres for adults who are profoundly autistic.
“Behind Closed Eyes” is No Handbags exciting current project which is pioneering and expanding the scratch process (originally developed by Battersea Arts Centre with performers without learning disabilities) to make it meaningful and accessible to people with learning disabilities. This is a process designed to increase collaboration between artists and their audiences especially people who are traditionally excluded from involvement in the theatre for financial, social or emotional reasons.
“Behind Closed Eyes” is a multi-sensory exploration of performers dreams presented in an interactive cabaret style format. The performance space will be occupied by strange but beguiling characters leading you on journey into the dark and fantastical corners of their minds.
“Behind Closed Eyes” will be ready for touring winter 2009.
For further info please call Matt Young or Nikki Campbell, Co-Artistic Directors of No Handbags on 01753 866 865.