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2010

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW by Jo Orton

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Libidos' run rampant in this comic farce about licensed insanity. From the moment when Dr Prentice, a psychoanalyst, instructs a prospective secretary to undress; this psychiatric clinic becomes a world of carnivalesque chaos where rampant mistaken identities, undressing and cross dressing add layer upon layer of mischievous confusion to this black comedy.

What the Butler Saw ( a euphemism for an English ‘p eep show’) was hailed as Orton’s masterpiece, and was his fnal play before being bludgeoned to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, back in 1967.

“ ….after 40 years this epic still has the power to shock….it is as outrageously and scandalously funny as ever.”

 

SOULPOST SYNOPSIS

 

Life in  post-invasion Iraq is dangerous  - especially if you are young musicians trying to assemble an orchestra  for a concert in bombed out Baghdad. When  they invite an ancient musician from the city's once thriving Jewish community to conduct the orchestra, lives are put at risk. Is their faith in music enough to heal the fear and hate that is spreading through the city? SoulPost is inspired by stories told to Christine Aziz by Iraqi people during her visit to Baghdad immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. 

LITTLE BOY SYNOPSIS

For his debut stage play, Hollywood screenwriter, John Foster, delves into the mind of the man who gave the all clear for the bombing of Hiroshima.  Returning to  America  as a hero,   Major Claude Eatherly  realizes the full  horror of what he has done.  He turns bank robber to support  Hiroshima’s victims.  But it isn’t enough. There is only one way to atone…….

 

 But the thing that I saw in your face

No power can disinherit:

No bomb that ever burst

Shatters the crystal spirit.

~ by George Orwell, written in Autumn 1942

2009 DOORWAYS

A week in the life of two bouncers, one trying to define his masculinity in an ever changing society, with ever changing conceptions of what it is to be masculine in  the modern world.

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2008

THE WEEVIL INSIDE THE MIND OF VAN GOGH 

in association with Dead Rat Theatre Company

Written and Directed by Vincent Paxton

Weevil & Gaugin taunt VGThe Dutch painter's final years are portrayed through his thoughts which take on human form, guiding the good ship SS Van Gogh through the troubled waters of his mind while his guardian angel is a weevil boring into his brain as he sinks into syphilis-induced madness.

RIVER WIDE 

in association with Seed Studios

Led and inspired by Isaac Sigley and Christina Artemis

A cultural project developed  with young people, ages 11-16 yrs old, over 12 week workshops at Avonbourne Girls School and Portchester Boys School. There were 2 theatre performances using film installation, sound, dance and storytelling. They wrote the script, developing their own creation myth with the help of the facilitators. The story focused on two tribes whose warring history centred on their inability to share dwindling resources of food and water.

 

2007  SATAN’S FISH 

Written  and directed by Vincent Paxton.

Margery in Satans FishThree children have been missing from a Cornish village in 1914. The village is set beside a deep ancient river with a myth of a devil fish living .

 






 

2006--2007 MARY SHELLEY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

 

Written By Christine Aziz - Winner Of Richard & Judy Book Competition 2005. Directed  by Christina Artemis

Mary Shelley is haunted

FRANKENSTEIN’S Monster stalks his creator, Mary Shelley from the mists of Gothic 19th century England to the crazy world of 40’s Hollywood Glitz. When he finds her, is it love he wants or revenge?

2007   THEMBONES - Rock Musical

Written by Vincent Paxton. Directed by Christina Artemis

ThembonesThis Gothic tale - Tim Burton style is a modern slant on Orpheus’ journey into the Underworld. It is the tale of one man who tries to save the graveyard where his loved  ones are buried. He confronts his Nemesis - Mr W.Easel who will go to any lengths to become rich by turning our precious architectural heritage into concrete.


2005
NARCISSUS

Written by Natalya Hammond-Betts. Directed by Christina Artemis

Goddess Hera berates EchoThe classic myth of a young man, son of the gods who falls in love with his own reflection, while spurning the love of beautiful Echo, is given a dark new twist. It confronts modern day obsession with beauty and image and connects it to the issues of today. 


2004 APHRODITE AND THE APPLE  
Written by Alison Finch Directed by Christina Artemis

Goddess Eris offers appleThe Story of Helen of Troy famous for her great beauty and her passionate aff air with Prince Paris; showing the influence of the Greek Gods and Goddesses on Mortal life; Eris,the Goddess of Discord sets up a challenge, and Prince Paris chooses Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, who offers him, Helen as his prize! And the destruction of Troy  begins!


2004 KALi 

Devised by Christina Artemis, Natalya Hammond-Betts and Fiona Powell

A stunning 20  minute Dance Drama, bringing to life this Goddess of Indian culture, creating greater understanding of our multi cultural diversity.


2003 SOULMATES

An Archetypal Mystery Drama Written by Christina Artemis.

Adam & Eve -SoulmatesStep across the threshold into past memory and future possibilities. A Man and a Woman meet and realise they have been lovers in many lifetimes...Sun and Moon at the beginning of Creation. This time can they heal the split that always pulled them apart?