Scratch Nights Announced

Morley’s Create Scratch Refine Repeat is back!

Following the wealth of applications to enter the competition, four young theatre companies planning to go to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer are going to test their show on Morley’s audience on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 March. Book your tickets.

Each company will perform 10-15 minutes of scratch material and will receive feedback from the audience as well as industry professionals with one company selected to perform their full length Edinburgh Preview show in July at the Morley Studio Theatre. 

The selected companies are:

Theodora van der Beek – Egg

Scratch 2016 EGG

Egg is a surreal voyage into the life of an egg, exploring its cultural symbolisms and the burdens they bring. At once powerful and powerless, comedic and majestic; the egg stands alone, an outsider in a human world.

Surprising, fantastical and bold: a coming-of-age journey that tackles age-old questions like ‘What came first?’

For the last eleven years Theodora have been devising, performing and writing work for experimental theatre companies throughout the UK and internationally. Theodora’s work is strongly motivated by feminism and seeks to deconstruct the assumptions we have about gender – applying a Cartesian thought process and stripping away everything we can’t be sure of until we are left with a blank slate. 

This Egg – Goggles

Scratch 2016 Goggles

As an attempt to make it up to their dead pet fish, Josie and Gemma have made a show for them. Goggles is about the fish and the friends, and how they can keep each other afloat. As they make the show they begin to understand the importance of relationships – the relationship between their two fish and their own…

This Egg is an emerging company exploring ways of making theatre inspired by our own experiences of the lives we are living. Our aim is to create accessible theatre that is immediate, honest and alive. We devise original material that fuses theatrical styles, celebrating different forms of entertainment.

ROOM 39 – The Scattered Mind of The Incurable Dreamer

Scratch 2016 Scattered Mind

Imagine that our planet is nothing, but one never ending web… made by you.
You, who are in a constant search of something that can not be grasped, yet its
presence is so apparent and is desperately longing to be found. At one point, you begin to wonder if you were ever a human… perhaps that it was just a dream.

We are a theatre company whose work represents a symphony of visual imagery, body movement and music, founded on literature and storytelling. Blending together reality and the phantasmagorical, we create and unfold landscapes of complex narratives.

We aim to immerse our audiences into questioning, thinking and looking at the notion of art, science and life from different angles and perspectives… We are not looking for clear answers, but hoping to leave spectators with a certain realisation, that doesn’t have to be fully understood, but rather felt. As a company we provoke and evoke emotions, feelings and sensations in ourselves as well as in our audiences.

Wonky Two Pockets – Schmatte

Scratch 2016 Schmatte

What is it like to be deliberately ignored all day every day? How do you prepare to beg? What is the value of clean dry socks in your life? Schmatte explores the intricacies of the daily experiences of homelessness, through clowning, a dynamic psycho-physical approach, and crafted imagery. We look to the unseen places of living without a home. 

This company is formed of graduates from London South Bank University, apart from Ashley who is in his third year studying. They have all worked together in different contexts over the past few years, but this will be the first time they have all come together to work on a project. They all share an interest in the psycho-physical, and creating dynamic images, as well as clowning. Their work is informed by a playful atmosphere, whilst maintaining a rigorous and thoughtful approach to physical exploration, and the construction of meaning in their work.

Following the wealth of applications to enter the competition, four young theatre companies planning to go to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer are going to test their show on Morley’s audience on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 March.

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