The girl sits with attitude
Wearing chocolate-scented fragrance
Wrapped in colourful reflections
She dreams of the ocean
Running with the wolves
Clad in skin-tight femininity
The girl sits with assertion
Hearing nothing in her path
Drowned in memoirs of iconic Marilyn
Written for ‘Lilly’ by ‘Henry – ‘salt’ by Melissa Fergusson
It’s hard to get a handle (intended pun) on when #tweetseats emerged as a thing on social media but it’s been talked about for all of 2013. This is where the naughty kids sit at the back of the
class theatre and tweet, post, snap and upload to their little hearts’ content. And being at the back means brightly lit screens don’t annoy fellow theatre-goers.
Instant reviews, thoughts and photos are brought to life as it happens inside the theatre. The idea of #tweetseats being that people who can not attend can voyeuristically take part and – ideally – be enticed to attend the show in the rest of the season. But the best part is that anyone can follow the #tweetseats hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and see what’s happening in theatre around the world any time of the night or day. And I think that’s a…
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LOVE Questionnaire: Sponsor For #projectsalt
1. What is LOVE (in your opinion)?
The feeling you have for the people who mean the most to you and who can make you smile when no one/nothing else can.
2. Do you believe in love?
3. What are your dreams re above?
To give as much as I receive.
4. Who was your (childhood) sweetheart?
The sister of a friend.
5. When did you first feel butterflies in your tummy?
When I was 7.
6. Were you ever besotted with anyone? Why and for how long?
Yes, during university for 2 years.
7. What has changed for you now (present day) with the word ‘love’?
It becomes absolute when you have a child.
8. Have your ever written love poetry? Or love notes?
No. Songs, yes.
9. Do you believe in love at first sight?
10. What is the most (important) lesson you have learnt through…
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‘The Lucid Collective’ Interview for #projectsalt
1. Where did you get the name ‘The Lucid Collective’ from? What does it mean?
Words have always been important to us. Obviously, they’re fundamental to communication, but
in a modern world a lot more hangs on literal meanings when so much of our conversations no
longer happen face-to-face.
‘The’ denotes one or more people assumed to be common knowledge. It’s a word often
overlooked, but if you ever happen to look at it in its context, there’s an inherent assumption
that the word’s user thinks you know what they’re talking about it. ‘Lucid’ refers to clear
expression and ease of understanding, or the period of clarity between intervals of insanity.
‘Collective’ evidently refers to a group of people. Tying all of these words together serves to
underscore our mission to outfit the current man in timeless attire.
2. What makes ‘The Lucid Collective’ different?
Our goal was never to…
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Get your ‘salt’ on
charlatan clinic’s dramatic new work, ‘salt’ begins Wednesday, 13 November at The Williamson, upstairs in The Private Meeting Room in Ponsonby. The season runs until Saturday 16 November.
‘Henry lives at home with his Mother and is besotted with Lilly. He has been secretly stalking Lilly for 2 years, when they finally met face-to-face and spend 7 hours together, one Friday afternoon. Love meets obsession.’
‘charlatan clinic’ have introduced tweet seats and tweet reviews for their event #projectsalt.
Fergusson has recently been interviewed by Justin Gregory for ‘Arts on Sunday’ broadcasting on 3 November, focussing on the social media engagement for the project and the interactive love questionnaire.
The cast of ‘salt’ playing Henry (Coen Falke) and Lilly (Jess Holly Bates) have both blogged about their characters and #projectsalt journey on the charlatan clinic blog.
The Williamson Private Meeting Room is an alternative space that has being transformed into an…
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“Playing Lilly is a treat. Lilly is an unstable extrovert, highly sexual, smart, inattentive, easily bored, fascinated by the darker mores in life. She imagines herself to be an extremist – and makes choices based on a flirtation with a polarised position, which sits in opposition to her dry-mouthed, cardboard, and largely absent father figure. ” – Jess Holly Bates, ‘salt’
“There are so many avenues, which you can go down in this piece, individuals perspective, social stigma, mental disabilities, art and creators. It’s a very rich piece. I personally enjoy exploring the push and pull between the characters, as to me it feels that they are both pushing each others’ boundaries.
My rehearsal experience has been a new one for myself, all of which has been on the character development front. I am enjoying the process, as it is opening up a new avenue. Working together with Jess and our Director Melissa is great. Both are so into what they do, it has been a lot of fun discovering the piece.” – Coen Falke, ‘salt’
Working on ‘salt’ (as writer/director), is continually a ‘treasure trove’ of possibilities, with Coen and Jess.
Creating new work is my absolute passion – breathing life into these characters (Henry & Lilly) and listening inwardly and outwardly, for both quiet and noisy ‘human’ discoveries.
Mental health (cyclothymia) brings suppressed feelings, then honesty. Or not?
Is anyone ever honest with themselves, when ‘love’ is involved?
Filming trailer for ‘salt’ tomorrow will be a blast. Think love in abstract form, interactive landscapes and truth.
#projectsalt is just over three weeks, from being a reality!
“Truth in theatre is always on the move.” – Peter Brook