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Presentation of Play In My Flat to Moving Image, University of Brighton 27 March 2014

This film formed part of my presentation of the site-specific play / film / performance of Play In My Flat on Thursday 27 March 2014.

These are the notes I used:

Play

  • written November 2009
  • for 4 characters: Him, Her, PWC and Woman
  • tried to put it on before but didn’t work out
  • success of 2nd year show gave me confidence
  • rehearsed over 5 sessions in prep for filming
  • each scene would be one continuous shot
  • I planned activities for each rehearsal and was open to hearing what the actors needed; often we co-created workshops
  • I realised early on I needed to be able to delineate my roles because I had so many
  • we filmed the rehearsals from the beginning to get the sense of being watched as it was an important theme for the project
  • the fourth wall is broken often
  • we filmed it on 11 March 2014 and I’d like to thank Edmund Lloyd-Winder for his camerawork and observations
  • the final scene was 17 minutes long and I didn’t realise what a big ask it was of the actors until Edmund observed it

Film

  • the first 3 scenes and an edited 4th scene to give you an idea of themes

Performance

  • screens were fixed to the walls in the lounge, kitchen and bedroom and room specific scenes were screened in order
  • I’m going to show scenes and photos from the dress rehearsal, Fri night and Sat night in order to compare them
  • we had the camera on a small tripod for the first two shows and on the third Him held the camera and Her held the dictaphone instead of clipboards
  • general theme of confusion introduced at the start by asking the audience what they were doing there
  • Him and Her were dressed in white shirts and black trousers to match PWC. Research on time was pinned to my wall with red string (a loose connection to string theory) connecting points.
  • I’d like to thank Matt for installing and taking down the screens, with a little help from me.
  • Him and Her did not speak during the performance – their aim was to observe – Him observing me and Her observing the audience. My role was to try to work out why they’d come back and why the audience was in my flat.

Performance Friday

  • We decided to play it like we had on the dress rehearsal. The documentation wasn’t as successful as I would have liked – the camera didn’t follow the audience.

Performance Saturday

  • We decided to stage it slightly differently – instead of me coming out of my bedroom, shocked at the audience’s presence, when they’re in the hall I waited until they’d been in the lounge a while. We thought it might create more of a sense of confusion and not knowing what to do. Also, instead of clipboards, Him held the camera phone and Her held the dictaphone as recording devices. We set an intention of bringing the domestic violence theme out more in the interactions, which meant I had to pay more attention to the 4th scene filmed in the kitchen. Because of my personal history with the subject matter, I found this disturbing.
  • We realised that setting an intention allowed certain ideas to be expressed.
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Sound and vision: creating a character

glueing wool to puppet

The woman puppet, who does not have a name yet (but my flatmate thinks she looks like a “Delores”), is powerful and kind. She knows what to do and has fun and laughs a lot. When she says, “no” people listen and respect her decisions. She protects her child from the father because she can see clearly he is not well; she would do whatever it takes to protect her. She is strong and capable. She has been loved by her parents and she is sensitive enough to recognise and empathise with those who haven’t or, rather, those whose parents’ love was twisted. She believes everyone deserves a second chance.

What is identity?

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“Wisdom tells me I am nothing; love tells me I am everything; my life flows between these two points.”

I heard this quote at a Buddhist retreat last weekend – three days before receiving the first filmmaking brief at University of Brighton. The brief concerns identity. At this early stage I am expected to research other artists’ work in relation to identity so that I can present what inspires me to my teacher and classmates.

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made by Julia Fry, Brighton, East Sussex, England

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I’m making a book of how I made some of my art in preparation for an interview at the University of Brighton. I’d like to get myself onto their Moving Image degree course. So the first thing I’m doing is subverting the book manufacturer’s advertising on the first page and making it my own. I found a font on my computer close to the one they’ve used and I’ve decided to use pink because my printer ran out of black ink ages ago. I’m enjoying cutting, tearing and sticking very much indeed.