Beta Testing – Creation week 8

Studio Theatre, Roundhouse. Easter weekend. Go. Go. Go!

Jon_Graph

Howie came to help us run the custom cueing system that we had made for us, allowing us to run the show cues from onstage. We ended up using extra cues from Tom and Adam of the Roundhouse (both top guys) but are in good stead to run it all ourselves when we come to start our rural tour (hopefully) next year.

Howie was constantly making tweaks in the system and accommodating our ever increasing demands to tight deadlines, while we were running scenes and final touches.

On Monday 21st April we did a dress rehearsal for a few friends who could make the week of shows. It was a little odd in term of atmosphere but we were technically solid and  trusted that when we had a full audience the show would sail.

The next day we performed <Beta_Testing>.

5 days later the week and year project came to an end*.

If you want to read a more in-depth account of how we made the show please e-mail freebook@circusgeeks.co.uk

Many thanks to all those who came and supported us.

 

*but it didn’t really. We aim to tour from the start of 2015, get in touch if you are interested.

 

 

Beta Testing – Creation Week 1

We’ve spent a taxing yet rewarding week working on new material for Beta Testing, some planned from the initial stages of the project, some thought of in the morning mind mapping sessions.

Our average day has run something like this:

8something AM – Get up, breakfast etc. (not for Arron he likes his sleep and can run on air for a few hours)
9ish AM – Go to a supermarket and buy lunch (often various kinds of chicken)
10 AM – Start. Sit around a table with whiteboard laid flat (why is this not sold as a product?!), mind-map, discuss, suggest, joke, inspire, timetable.
11ish AM – work on more spoken word based work.
12:30ish PM – 1 hour lunch – much chicken, listen to Radio 2 ‘Death Hour’, make phone calls, send emails.
1:45 PM- work on new juggling technique needed for the show.
Midafternoon PM 10 min Coffee Break! <– No Such Thing!
4:45 PM – Club Passing practice
5:27:34 PM (allow 15 min-ish discrepancy) Endurance Practice & 6/7 technique
6goingon6:30 PM finish
7SomethingStillPM Craft Beer Pub – drink/food or both if you’re feeling rich!
ApproxPM – bed

We finished the week feeling exhausted, probably juggling more in the week than we had collectively done in the last 3 months. Celebrated a birthday, laughed a lot, picked up far too many props off the floor and probably spent more time than is healthy with each other. All this whilst avoiding getting hit over the head with a chair.

Excited for it to all start again on Monday.
Creating feels good.

Here’s a video of us failing…

Propellor Prize

In April Circus Geeks won the Propellor Prize.

The Propeller Prize is a partnership between the Roundhouse, Circus Space, Jacksons Lane, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Seachange Arts and Le Brèche in Cherbourg.

The prize awarded by Jerwood Charitable Foundation provides a budget, support and space to develop Circus Geeks show which was presented at Jacksons Lane earlier in year. Residencies start in September and lead up to the premiering of our show Beta Testing in April 2014 as part of CircusFest. Dates and more detail to follow.

Exciting times.

Arron

Some exciting news…

Circus Geeks is stepping up and creating a show, Beta Testing. Thanks to generous support from Jacksons Lane and a helping hand from a few other friends.

The show’s been envisioned by Mr. Sparks but being made with strong support from Udry and Pang. Our blog will be updated as we work towards our first show together (so you might get an insight into how three friends become enemies, if nothing else)! As it’s our first attempt at a performance together it may be a little ‘rough around the edges’ (or as we like to think of it ‘fresh’) but that’s part of the charm of seeing something new, isn’t it?

The show will take place on the 1st and 2nd of February 2013 at Jacksons Lane theatre and it’s going to be radical. Be there (please). More on tickets later.

Here’s the official blurb….

Beta Testing. Circus Geeks very first attempt at a performance. Three british jugglers, Sparks, Udry and Pang seek to explore and share what juggling is, why they love it and what’s it like to be a professional dropper juggler.

There will be a Q&A session after the performance and you can watch the show being created @CircusGeeks on Twitter, on Facebook or this very blog!