Giving myself a little time and distance to reflect on the realities of our run of Coriolan/us last month, I have been spending some of my days slowly reviewing and combining the continuous camera and headphone feeds that we generated and broadcast live within the work – and which were captured and recorded on the evening of our penultimate performance.

Revisiting the details of these mixes, as they formed and unfolded in real time, I have been consciously avoiding the temptation to be drawn to any of the additional images or sounds - or even colours - of the event of that evening. Just focusing instead, as I layer these various mediated threads back together, on those that we intended within the live action itself - and which we met there, via the two large black and white projections and our personal headsets. Trying simply to reconstruct the specific media window that we had opened onto the things that were happening amongst and around us - without any attempt to represent the place and wider activity of the work in its actuality, or our experience of it.

As a real time record, that often not-so-simple act of reconstruction seems to have left me with something as direct as it is revealing - detailing many of our choices and their consequences, if only across the period of one single complete live performance. And while I made it purely as a personal reference document, I have posted a few low resolution clips on my less than fragments blog - fragments of scenes lifted from the continuous flow of that whole. Small reminders for those who were there. A very partial taster for those who were not…


Coriolan/us - Hangar 858, St Athan, 17th August 2012.



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Comment by carmen medway-stephens on September 18, 2012 at 21:53

Hi Mike, I loved the production, love epic grand scale productions that are challenging, push boundaries, and are site specific. I also love the use of multi media. I particularly enjoyed The Persians - in fact it was probably the highlight in the last ten years in welsh theatre (I didn't get to see The Passion :( ). Sometimes I felt over stimulated with the head phones, live action and screen action but maybe its because as a creative person I can tend to easily get overstimulated. As a student and with my students I have been able to produce productions that are site specific and use multi media - as this is the style of Theatre I feel comfortable working in but as a professional I haven't been able to carry this through - only in shorts, the reason for me is funds and resources so I look forward to the day that I can work like this.

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