Dream - Create - Engage
"If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life".
Welcome to Moving Stories!
We love making theatre that can’t be forgotten. We have created theatrical events in bedrooms, castles, amphitheatres, a damp basement of a famous Warsaw rock music venue, Borough Market, a betting shop in Hammersmith, on Zoom - as well as Shakespeare's Globe, the Southwark Playhouse, Riverside Studios, Minack Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic. Most importantly, we seek to engage people on a human level and create theatre that can connect us back together again. Even in a Pandemic.
Moving Stories: Buxton
When was the last time you stopped to talk to a stranger? To find out their story? What brought them to this place? Everyone has a story – and often we are too busy to listen. In the speed of modern day life, we rarely take time to stop, look and listen. We believe that “A story is the shortest distance between people.” (Pat Speight)
We are excited to be working in collaboration with Buxton Opera House to listen to, collect and gather stories of local people from all walks of life. These stories will be carefully collated and shared on social media platforms, as a way of rippling out the truths we have heard.
Our specially trained team of story finders will be roaming the Buxton area, seeking out stories that might otherwise go unheard.
Watch out for our team of Story Finders, who will be around Buxton Friday 11 - Monday 14 June gathering Buxton's untold tales.
You can follow the project on Instagram @movingstoriesbuxton
Creating on zoom!
During the first lockdown in 2020, we wanted to find ways to connect and create. We collaborated with writer / actor Fiona Paul on exploring a story for our strange and challenging times. 'Reconnecting..' by Fiona Paul, is a play written for Zoom. A voyeuristic look at one woman’s desperate struggle to cope with loneliness in lockdown. With a cracking cast over zoom, utilising actor's home settings and relying heavily on good wifi - we shared a live rehearsed reading of the script. We all learned tons about this new medium. And had lovely audience feedback:
“So well written and thought provoking…”
“...great characters such a brilliant piece of writing.”
“...I was on the edge of my sofa!”
“...claustrophobic and sad …….. funny. Brilliant!”
“We were hooked.”
“Such a moving, raw and real performance."
"..so heartfelt and moving”
“They have done an impressive thing here, to make a drama out of the Covid nightmare and stage it on zoom”.
(Kevin Lygo, Director of TV at ITV).
Band of Mothers:
We continue our collaboration with the wonderful folk at Shakespeare’s Globe, where we originated our Band of Mothers Company in 2018. We’ve remained creative and connected through lockdown, and produced a range of responses to being mother artists living through a Global Pandemic.
Follow us on Instagram @bom_bandofmothers
Check out our version of Titania’s speech from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as part of Shakespeare’s Globe Love in Isolation series: