Story by Paul Nelson
THE winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award
has been chosen by a distinguished panel of experts, which
included John Fawcett, Ian Spink and Mark Ravenhill. They chose
Silver Screen Shower Scene: A Live Film Project by Dan
Hine and Kirsty Housely.
The award-winning production explores the differences of two
different media, live theatre and film, and combines them to make
a 'live film', which destroys the established ideas of theatrical
presentation and carves out a new visual vocabulary for the stage.
Dan Hine explains: "A film script tends to be less dependent
on exposition in the narrative.
"There is no need for one character to state that another
'looks nervous' when all you need do is show a bead of sweat in
close-up, for example.
"Images subliminally transmit meaning to the viewer, whilst
text-based theatre tends to hold more meaning within its dialogue.
Through editing a film can also cater for seamless shifts in time
and space, making it pacier than a play, which would be unlikely
to have three scenes on one page with no dialogue.
"In terms of the production itself, we are aiming for an
expressionistic rather than literal form of design and performance.
Rather than having elaborate wheeled-on sets and innumerable props,
we envisage a much more innovative use of a few key design features,
physical performance, sound and lighting to create the desired
effects. Minimalism is also essential to aid the flow and dynamism
of rapidly switching 'camera angles' and scenes."
In order to counter the structural disparities of the different
genres Dan and Kirsty have chosen to commission a screenwriter,
rather than a playwright, for the text and have enlisted film
producer and editor, Matt King, and novelist and screenwriter,
Nicholas Blincoe. The rest of the team includes producer, Kate
McGrath, choreographer, Amit Lehav, designer, Stuart Heyes, and
lighting designer, Ian Scott.
The runners-up for the award were Jessica Hartley with Equus,
Flaming Theatre with The Jarman Garden, Lusty Juventus
with Superflux, Filter with Corpus, Pigeon Theatre
with The Housekeeper, Mapping 4D with Slender, and
Dominic Leclerc with The Boy Blue.
At £30,000, the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award
is the largest on offer to emerging practitioners in experimental
theatre, and Silver Screen Shower Scene: A Live Film Project
will be performed for a three-week run at Riverside Studios
in Hammersmith in November.
Romilly Walton Masters, the project leader of the Oxford Samuel
Beckett Theatre Trust, said: "With a very strong short list,
where each applicant was of such a high standard, selecting an
overall winner was extremely difficult. Dan Hine and Kirsty Housely's
proposal however, stood out for its bold, fresh vision.
"The Trust is very excited to be in a position to support
these emerging creative talents. We have every confidence that
the production at Riverside Studios will be a great success."