We were delighted to be invited by Spraoi, Waterford, to be part of their first Street Theatre ensemble tour, Lunchfest, of the South East of Ireland. The three day tour visited the towns of Wexford, Dungarvan and Waterford City and comprised of 10 unique acts that could remain interactive and yet socially distant & safety conscious.
In this regard, the Stilt Walking character of The Ice Queen, by Dee Tierney was perfectly adapted to be socially distant and yet interactive. Likewise, my own character, The Collector, is naturally introverted and purposely avoids crowds. This aspect of his character can make for a lot of interesting actions & reactions since he stands out like a sore thumb on the street and yet is trying to be incognito at the same time.
Personally, it was a great opportunity to explore this character in an alien environment. He was originally conceived as someone that inhabits the shadows and alleyways of night-time cityscapes & appears for 5mins max at any one time. Yet here he was being presented in the full light of day, as part of a circus troupe and for up to an hour at a time. Since he is a physical character it provided me with a lot of scope for experimentation with the tempo of his movement, his expression and rhythm of his action. Finding new, interesting and playful mannerisms for him was also an aspect of the weekend and one that will inform his development over time.
Will Flanagan is the artistic director of Alchemy Arts.