THE BAREBONES PROJECT

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Our work so far....

Over the last five years we've created a body of work to be proud of.

Looking back, the journey of the plays have been quite diverse. From Gothic to Absurd, with a little light comedy thrown in, but never shying away from the brain aching work of bringing each text to life.

The quality of the script is always our top priority and we love the challenge of creating new and exciting theatre spaces from random venues.

Consequently we've brought theatre to a grain food store, a cellar, a generator-heavy marquee on our village green, the back room of a pub and, most recently a dairy on a farm.

Proud of it all!

We also are very proud to produce many 'one-off' events by invited guests; bringing world class performance to the Ashdown Forest.

Here is everything we've done to date...

THE McCLURE SESSIONS

PVT Wars

PVT WARS by James McLure

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Gately

Laurie Wilson as Silvio

Jim Pople as Natwick.

October 2013 @ the Space isle of Dogs

February 2013 @ The Farm

 

PVT Wars told the story of 3 men residing in a hospital for war veterans after the Vietnam War.

Mc.clure writes with such humanity that we needed to find the muscularity of the characters and not indulge in sentiment.

What could seem initially light and insubstantial became very tender and touching as we explored what lay behind its dark humour.

The physical wounds of the men were hinted at via the psychological state they inhabited, as they tried to refind themselves and their place in society.

 

 

Lone Star

LONESTAR by James McLure

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Roy

Jim Pople as Ray

Laurie Wilson as Cletis.

September 2011 @ The Foresters (Forest Row Festival 2011)

May 2012 @ The Latest (Brighton Festival 2012)

 

Lonestar is a gem of a piece about a man returning from the Vietnam War to find that nothing is as it was. Especially himself.

Over the course of a night, out the back of his favourite bar, Roy hits reality head on!

It's about brothers and friendship and growing up.

REZA DE WET

African Gothic

AFRICAN GOTHIC by Reza de Wet

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Jane Akuwudike as Sussie

Gary Wright as Frikkie

Colin Brown (& later Gil Sutherland) as Mr. Grove

Naomi Wirthner as Alina

September 2010 @ the Grainstore (Forest Row Festival 2010)

February 2011 @ Pertwee, Anderson & Gold Gallery, Soho

May 2011 @ Iambic Arts Theatre, Brighton (Brighton Festival 2011)

August 2011 @ The Arcola Theatre, Hackney

 

 

African Gothic was our first play as a company.

The making of it has defined much of our work.

It's a truly imaginative and unusual script; beautifully written and dealing with topics set to un-nerve and question.

Almost a fairy tale, but a savage one, without a happy ending.

It tells the story of a brother and sister on an abandoned farm in the open spaces of South Africa.

It is the tale of their survival. How they endured childhood and how their childhood games and rituals allow them to survive as adults.

And then the unwelcome arrival of a visitor!

 

Reza de Wet wrote African Gothic with such depth and yet apparent simplicity. Her writing takes us all to places that are not always comfortable but makes us grow!

THE PINTER SESSIONS

The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter

Directed by Naomi Wirthner.

With: Laurie Wilson as Ben.

Jim Pople as Gus.

Dave Wright as the Dumbwaiter

April 2014 @ The Farm

 

Dark, dirty, tense, violent and funny!

The Dumbwaiter had the audience literally screaming with laughter and screaming with tension!

As we spend an hour with two hit men waiting in a basement, the conundrum is played out, do we just "get on with it mate"?

Or do we challenge the status quo with asking "what's going on?"

And anyway who's in charge?

Pinters dialogue is so strongly constructed that if the acting does not find its base note for the characters, they became almost shallow, talking heads!

The struggle was to really ground the back story for the actors, enabling them to be in the moment and not slide into East End caricature.

 

 

 

 

 

THE LOVER by Harold Pinter

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With : Ella Yates as Sarah

Gary Wright as Richard.

February 2014 @ the Farm

 

The Lover was erotic and thought provoking.

A sublimely sexy Miles Davies soundtrack underpinned the action, and we challenged ourselves and the audience to produce a very modern and breathtaking production.

It worked on many levels. Prompting questions about love, sexual freedom, monogamy, game playing.

Asking us to expose and explore our taboos around security and freedom in relationship. And refusing to provide comforting answers.

Each night the audience left the space to continue the discussion in the pub.

Very gratifying.

 

Both of these productions were a joy and a torture!

Pinters writing is pure genius to work with, but it can also freeze the brain.

Only when we begin to embody what is living, not just in the dialogue but in the atmosphere created by 'pause' and 'silence', does his work really come to life. What then emerges is full of richness and depth.

 

The Dumb Waiter

The Lover

EDWARD ALBEE

ZOO STORY by Edward Albee

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Jerry

& David Wright as Peter

December 2014 @ The Farm

 

 

Edward Albee's famous work which features Jerry who lives on the margins of society and Peter.....

Peter represents the society that is indifferent to those like Jerry.

Maybe Jerry's cage seems more obvious to us. Easier to distance from. His boundaries straying to the wilder shores.

Yet Peter's prison is no less real. Imprisoned by his class and his attachment to social convention his infantilised soul plays at being 'grown up'!

A wonderfully expressive piece of theatre.

Zoo Story

Festen by David Eldridge

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Francesca Thesen, Jim Pople, Laurie Wilson, Zoe Crowder, Elsie Mortimer, Ella Yates, Laurence Folland, Sarah Jane McKechnie, David Pullan, Kim Wheatley, David Tarpey, Jeroen Markies, Manning Goodwin, Gary Wright, Steve Oliver

May 2015 @ The Farm

 

How is it to witness a truth unfolding in front of you that will shock you to the core,and yet not speak out?

That's the uncomfortable dilemma we've tried to create in this production.The audience are the invited guests to this "curious birthday party" and, because they have no words to communicate within the play, they are forced into the role of being complacent bystanders.

Festen is set within a family, a community, who does not want to see the rottenness that is living at its core .They are enchanted by an abuse of power, fear and complacency.And it is the death of an innocent feminine that precedes the play, that causes an awakening.

We called this project our "community " play. Sometimes ironically.Yet it seems an appropriately apt and strong topic to invite a community to explore.I am acutely interested in how we are complicit in the preserviation of secrets.And how we are forced into that complicity.What does it take to wake us up?

DAVID ELDRIDGE

Festen