Theatre and Art
Alongside music videos and animated shorts, I also like to get involved in theatre and performance events. Mostly this takes the form of creating digital sets, animated interludes and promotional materials…
The Good, The God and The Guillotine
An innovative, modern opera featuring non-singers and dynamically animated sets. A collaborative piece with Proto-type Theater and the Laptop Ensemble.
Two Peas Without a Pod
(Levantes Dance Theatre)
Fluid and vibrant, Two Peas without a Pod explores the essence of partnership and the dynamics of co-dependency and competitiveness. Audiences are taken on an indulgent trip to discover the make-up and contradictions of human connections, observing the draw of coupling, how society’s structures stem from this principle and how varying and fascinating these partnerships can be.
(Levantes Dance Theatre)
Created as part of the Questions and Dancers programme at Sadler’s Wells, Levantes Dance Theatre’s Duck Man tells the tale of a boy with a surprising family history. The audience are invited on a journey to the bed of the ocean in a deep filled bubble bath. Once there, dance, music, animation and a pinch of imagination will help them to travel back to dry land.
An experimental animation and composition, commissioned by The Slide Show Secret (Eva Zöllner & John Eckhardt)
Music and score by [zygote] (Antti Sakari Saario & Martin Iddon)
and video animation by Adam York Gregory
Twilight of The Machines
An on-going collaborative piece made with Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski, exploring the rise and fall of technology.
Third Person: Bonnie and Clyde (Redux)
Bar of Lost Souls
(Imitating the Dog)
Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls is a new theatre show and workshop project made as a collaboration between The National Theatre of Greece, Cyprus Theatre Organisation and imitating the dog as part of the British Council Creative Collaboration programme.
Imitating the dog are a UK based company making performance work for national and international touring. Their work experiments with the role of story-telling and narrative in the contemporary theatrical experience, utilising traditional stage and non-traditional digital film and animation techniques.
My role in the production of Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls included the creation of animations and film sequences that were combined with the live action on stage to create a dark and strange world.
The Yorkshire Evening Post described it as:
It’s a rare chance to experience their surreal but gripping approach to performance which blends theatre and cinema to create something which plays with our perceptions and preconceptions. Using animation, projections, unusual stage sets, angles and lighting they create another, darker world.
Also, and unusually for an animator, I followed the production on tour and became involved in the technical development of the play and even went as far as to become involved in the performance through the technology I was using. You’ll soon be able to read all about this in the forthcoming comic, Animating the Dog.
Andy Diggle and Jock
Snapshot – From Andy Diggle and Jock, creators of ‘The Losers’ and ‘Green Arrow: Year One’. Music by Ben Fletcher.
Animated versions of the work of Lancastrian super poet Trev Meaney
The Alligator Club
I just filmed and edited a short trailer for this one…
(Live at Lica, Lancashire Sinfonietta)
Part of the Live at Lica performance in 2010. The Nutcracker Miniatures involved workshops in local primary schools to create an animated experience for the performance.
The Section shown here was titled ‘magical sleigh ride’ and depicted the journey to the Sugarplum fairy’s castle.
All the artwork involved was created by the children in the workshops.
Support The Arts
This no longer makes any sense, taken out of context… but a long time ago, when I started to want to pretend to be an artist, I made an interactive video exhibit that contained some of the following bits: