In 2016, Neil Haigh visited Hawkwood to develop a new devised/collaboratively written theatre production – Studio6. In 2018, the core artistic team came together at Hawkwood to work in a focused environment, continuing the exciting process begun in 2016.
This core team included: Neil Haigh (former CoAD of acclaimed Cartoon de Salvo Company), Stewart Wright (Swallows & Amazons BOV, Smack The Pony, Ali G In Da House, I Want My Wife Back, Doc Martin) & legendary mime artist Les Bubb (Tin Drum – Knee-high, World Cup 66 BOV, Hubbubb TV, Room 101, Paul Daniels Magic Show). The three form a unique, experienced and exciting team of performers, improvisers & writers for this project. Adele Thomas (NT Connections, The Passion Welsh NT, Globe Theatre, BOV,) is likely as Director of the project for 2018.
The residency allowed them to consolidate the existing scenes sculpted from devised, improvised and scripted material from the R&D stage and write new scenes for a first draft of a whole production. They questioned and completed the skeleton structure of the whole piece using the proven dramaturgical expertise and knowledge of Neil and the team and interrogated the strength of the concept, structure and chosen theatrical conventions in a safe environment. The outcomes of the week enabled the team to draft a full proposal for South West regional venues and national partners to send alongside the Trailer of the R&D process and letters of support from BOV Ferment to attract and strengthen interest in a finished production.
“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for hosting us last week. It was hugely valuable to us and we achieved more work than we thought we possibly could in the time. It was lovely to meet you all, I will stay in touch and I hope very much to come back soon.”