WHY DOES A SHOW THAT ALREADY EXISTS NEED ANOTHER R&D, WHY PUT ‘THE BLACK HOODS CABARET’ BACK INTO REHEARSAL?
The Black Hoods Cabaret started in 2013 as 15 minute cabaret act, then developed into 45 minutes and finally to a 60 minute touring production. It has:
- been performed over 30 times
- been seen by over 1,100 people
- sold out at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
- sold out at International Youth Arts Festival
- won Canterbury Festival’s Made In Kent
So why put it back into rehearsals?
We are about to take ‘The Black Hoods Cabaret’ on it’s first national tour and since it’s successful 2015 we have listened to and analyzed both audience and professional feedback and there still a few things that need developing. But not just by Knuckle and Joint. Over the 2 year development of the show it has mostly been directed, produced, performed and built by just myself and Peter. At times, playing all roles can be very stressful and you can lose focus of the details so we wanted to bring new artists on board to work on narrative structure, technique of puppetry and lighting design. We are working with:
Yuldosh Juraboev – runs a central asian theatre company in the UK and work as a director who had seen the show in Edinburgh and wanted to work with us and produce a tour of the show to Uzbekistan where they have an ancient and rich heritage of puppetry. Yuldosh will bring new techniques of devising with puppetry that enabled us to define the relationship of the puppeteer and the puppet. In addition he will direct a new version of the show for the Uzbekistan tour as we need to translate the dialogue into Russian, and include cultural, political and social references to current jokes.
Ines Minkiewicz – a lighting designer who will completely redesign the show and create a sophisticated and exciting lighting plan that is flexible to tour to venues with differing levels of technical specifications.
William Aubrey Jones – a director and puppeteer, Will will direct on movement of puppetry, focus on the visuals created, physical comedy, transitions, pace of the show and re work the finale for a more spectacular end.
With this extra time for R&D with brand new collaborators we can prepare ‘The Black Hoods Cabaret’ for a National Tour where it will be the same show in many different venues regardless of limitations.