Today was the first day of our residency at The Civic, Barnsley as part of their CARP scheme which supports artists and companies to create new work. We are there over the next two weeks working on our new production Under the Bed (see previous posts for details), specifically focusing on the musical aspects of the show.
Today we were really excited to introduce singer/song writer James Dey to the project and share the work done so far; from the art exhibition and illustrated storybook to our ideas on how we plan to realise the production on stage.
We are planning to use music in a number of ways in the production; soundtracking and underscoring, creating a sense of atmosphere and even characters and to use lyrical songs to tell parts of the story and to compliment some of the other art forms that are being used as well.
Writer, Dan Mallaghan was also there today, working with James on how the music will influence the production and starting to develop a script from the short story he wrote with artist Fabric Lenny (and influenced by the lovely music James filled the room with). Later in the week we will also be joined by another musician, Nick Lewis (who will collaborate with James on the music) and painters Lou Sumray and Fabric Lenny to begin looking at visuals for specific scenes in the play.
Fingers crossed, we have a third musician and singer joining us during the week as well, but will have to wait before we can say for sure.
All in all, a cracking and exciting start to the residency.