• The Chaosbaby

    The Chaosbaby
  • A town that is infertile longs for a child.

    A town that is infertile longs for a child.
  • After much trying and much failing, Judy finally falls pregnant.

    After much trying and much failing, Judy finally falls pregnant.
  • The Townspeople rejoice and fuss, help and hinder,

    The Townspeople rejoice and fuss, help and hinder,
  • and the Chaosbaby is born.

    and the Chaosbaby is born.
  • It spits, it charms, frightens and entices.

    It’s grotesque and attractive.

    It’s grotesque and attractive.
  • It spits, it charms, frightens and entices.

    It spits, it charms, frightens and entices.
  • It’s what they wished for.

    It’s what they wished for.
  • (Be careful what you wish for …)

    (Be careful what you wish for …)
  • It is the baby that comes not from sex or science but from wanting.

    It is the baby that comes not from sex or science but from wanting.
  • The Chaosbaby arrives fully grown,

    The Chaosbaby arrives fully grown,
  • fully formed,

    fully formed,
  • male and female,

    male and female,
  • and in charge of itself.

    and in charge of itself.
  • And then the real fun begins …

    And then the real fun begins …
  • Who we are :

    Who we are :
  • A group of artists – performers, directors, designers, makers, writers

    A group of artists – performers, directors, designers, makers, writers
  • – who have been occasionally working together

    on the Chaosbaby for over two years.

    – who have been occasionally working together
  • How we work :The Chaosbaby Project grew

    from two sessions at Improbable’s Devoted and Disgruntled 5; an annual Open Space gathering for the theatre community.

    How we work :The Chaosbaby Project grew
  • We continued using Open Space to develop the show.

    We continued using Open Space to develop the show.
  • We work collaboratively, with various people leading on specific areas.

    We work collaboratively, with various people leading on specific areas.
  • We have gathered for many weekends and an R&D week of exploration and improvising,

    We have gathered for many weekends and an R&D week of exploration and improvising,
  • devising, writing, dancing, performing

    devising, writing, dancing, performing
  • – we call sessions and we get to work.

    – we call sessions and we get to work.
  • So far we have produced the basic material for our show;

    So far we have produced the basic material for our show;
  • half-scripts and whole songs

    half-scripts and whole songs
  • design ideas

    design ideas
  • many characters,

    many characters,
  • a video storyboard

    a video storyboard
  • and some wonderful tangos.

    and some wonderful tangos.
  • What’s next :

    What’s next :
  • It’s time to begin making the show itself.

    It’s time to begin making the show itself.
  • A show to pilot in 2013 and then perform and tour in 2014.

    A show to pilot in 2013 and then perform and tour in 2014.
  • It will be very physical.

    It will be very physical.
  • It will have music and dance.

    It will have music and dance.
  • It will have Punch and Judy,

    a chorus of Townspeople, a crocodile, and two old women rowing a boat downriver.

    It will have Punch and Judy,
  • It will most certainly have a Chaosbaby.

    It will most certainly have a Chaosbaby.
  • We’re planning six days’ intensive rehearsal

    this summer to pull everything together into a week of pilot performances, alongside a week of workshops for the local and wider community.

    We’re planning six days’ intensive rehearsal
  • At the moment we imagine a cast of up to twenty,

    At the moment we imagine a cast of up to twenty,
  • and there are others (designers, musicians, artists) who’ll also be part of the work.

    and there are others (designers, musicians, artists) who’ll also be part of the work.
  • We have a big idea and we want to make the big show that goes with it.

    We have a big idea and we want to make the big show that goes with it.
  • In a time of austerity it’s too easy to shrink our hopes

    In a time of austerity it’s too easy to shrink our hopes
  • – we want to allow the possibility of huge dreaming, huge making.

    – we want to allow the possibility of huge dreaming, huge making.
  • We are raising money to fund our rehearsal, the pilot shows and community workshops this summer

    We are raising money to fund our rehearsal, the pilot shows and community workshops this summer
  • become part of the process of growing the Chaosbaby.

    become part of the process of growing the Chaosbaby.
  • The Chaosbaby is calling you … do you want to say yes?

    The Chaosbaby is calling you … do you want to say yes?
  • Thank you!

    Thank you!