thank you to william

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We’d like to say an enormous thank you to William McFadden (Head of Operations Management), for his fantastically generous support of tonights performance of Caligari.

Thank you William from everyone here at simple8!

win tickets to caligari!!

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This week is Climate Week. As part of it, we’d like to ask everyone to fill out our travel survey. We’re also running a competition to promote cycling – we’re offering two pairs of tickets, one for Caligari and one for Moby-Dick. To enter, Tweet a picture of you and your bicycle to us (@simple8theatre), mentioning #simple8cycle. The best pic before Saturday wins the tickets!

thank you

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We’d like to say a massive thank you to Geneview Muinzer and Nick Segal, who have incredibly kindly supported tonight’s performance of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Thank you from us all.

the halfway point

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So, it’s the end of the second week of rehearsals, the dreaded half-way point, but I think we can meet it – in part – with equanimity. We’ve done a German dance, experimented with shadows, stained a lot of paper, developed some cracking music, and staggered through the whole play. We’ve spent a considerable amount of energy worrying about how to pay subtle homage to the film, without replicating – and I think yesterday we found a way forward involving a sheet and a pinspot.

We’ve also spent an inordinately protracted amount of time making the cabinet. Perhaps this is why the film got its title – maybe Hans Janowitz and Robert Weine suffered the curse of the cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Maybe they too discovered that constructing it is like the siege of Troy; it never finishes. Each time we attack it a new challenge arises – each section demands additions, strengthening, bracing and large doses of dirt splattered over them. Still, Christopher Doyle seems happy in it, which is good seeing as he spends a lot of time locked within its shadowy and intimate confines.

Speaking of which, we’ve been lucky enough to have the fantastic Idil Sukan in this week taking rehearsal shots – have a look at them.

What else? “Green” wise, we’ve done well with re-using materials – all our set for Caligari (even the accursed cabinet) will be used again for Moby-Dick, and about 75% of what we’re using across both shows has either come from our previous work or other productions.

Finally, there are still some tickets left on our 15% offer – so book now if you want a great deal.


rehearsal shots

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Feast your eyes on some excellent rehearsal images taken by the inimitable Idil Sukan for Draw HQ. Click through the link for this blog post or check out the gallery.

Only two short weeks until Caligari opens. GET BOOKING!!

stand up and quiz fundraisers

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We’re entering the final push for the two new shows and we have two events in December to help get us over the top of our budget for next year. We have an incredible evening of comedy featuring Pappys, Humphrey Ker, Jigsaw, Sara Pascoe and Nish Kumar on the 5th of December and our second annual pub quiz on the 11th of December. Both are being hosted by the excellent and generous Theatre Delicatessen at 35 Marylebone High Street. If you’re a fan of the company come along for two fantastically fun evenings. We look forward to seeing you there.

‘there are snakes’ at osbtt week

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For the last few weeks, we at simple8 have been hard at work on developing a new piece of work for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award. We were selected as one of 12 finalists and asked to perform a short excerpt from our proposed work: a piece based on ‘Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes’ by Daniel Everett. This is a book detailing Everett’s own experiences as a Christian missionary attempting to learn the arcane language of the Piraha, deep in the Amazonian jungle.

It’s been a both challenging and rewarding process and we’re incredibly grateful to the OSBTT whether we win the award or not as it was a great help to be given the financial backing to spend some proper time on the project which has both intrigued and intimidated us for a while. If you’re not familiar with the book we can’t recommend it enough as it’s absolutely fascinating, but it will also give you some idea of the trepidation we are facing trying to dramatise it.

The difficulty of the material made it all the more satisfying to piece together something even remotely presentable in the space of a week. Audience reaction seemed really encouraging and it has shown us that the project has legs, which means that whatever happens with OSBTT, the week has been hugely worthwhile and hopefully, one way or another, you’ll see the results of our labour in the future.

Even more exciting is that our research and development process is now taking a very definite shape meaning we are cementing a working method with which we can approach a great variety of source material for future projects.