Preparations are a afoot for our new production, which is not a retrospective look back at the alternative rock band R.E.M., but in fact a piece based upon the first ever piece of science fiction ever published in the 1638.
Upon discovering this rare text entitled, ‘The Man in the Moone‘ written by the divine bishop Francis Godwin, we were immediately intrigued, excited, confused and inspired (in that order), and thus it became the central text to our research. The narrative centres on a Spanish traveller who desires to travel to the moon, he then uses a makeshift craft driven by a throng of geese to achieve his objective (take that Richard Branson.) Upon arriving on the moon, our hero discovers a utopia inhabited by beings that are energized by the souls of those asleep on earth. Despite being fantastical, absurd and considered the first ever piece of science fiction, the book also explores many scientific theories that were yet to be proven or validated such as the earth being surrounded by a magnetic field.
Using ‘The Man in the Moone‘ as a launch pad, our story will centre on a group of monks, who climb a mountain and try to travel to the moon. The piece will undoubtedly be highly physical storytelling, using gesture and visuals with a minimum of text. We are excited by the idea of a brotherhood of monks with a common goal, and how far curiosity and a desire for divinity will push humans to the deepest, furthest and darkest places on earth. There is also lots of opportunity for our own brand of absurdist clowning (new genre invented here!).
Other than staring at the moon, we are also touring our Edinburgh hit, A Strange Wild Song, currently playing at the New Diorama Theatre in London and going onto a rural tour down in Cornwall and Devon, then up north to Liverpool. We can’t thank David and all the team at New Diorama enough for the support they have given us this week (two post show platters means a lot to a hyperactive under-fed actors!) and a special thanks to Cas for funding our return visit to New Diorama in September with Man in the Moone. Whilst I’m thanking people I should also thank Arts Council England, who funded this current tour of A Strange Wild Song and have been so helpful and supportive in the development of our company. And last but not least we have to thank you… our audience, whoever is reading this blog, anyone who takes the time to watch our work, those who follow us on twitter, those who donated to indiegogo and all the people who love what we do. After all Peter Brook said all you need to create theatre is an empty space, but I’d like to add what it also needs is someone there to watch it… which is you, so thank you.
Peace out, and maybe one day we will see you on the moon.
p.s. check out an early version of our new poster by Chris Harrisson, spot the monk!