SCALE OF VENUE
Chris Goode’s work for theatre slips constantly between forms and modes, but common to all of it is a profound concern with the ‘liveness’ of the encounter between performer and audience, and an aspiration to stimulate intellectually as well as emotionally. The suite of small-scale work currently available for touring concentrates particularly on the creation of a genuine intimacy, seeded with the possibilities of radical social change. Works can often be adapted to specific settings or contexts.
‘One of the most exciting talents working in Britain today.’ The Guardian
‘Chris Goode is an extremely highly regarded alternative theatre maker.’ Caroline McGinn, Time Out
‘Chris Goode has been described as British theatre's greatest maverick talent. But don't be put off: his work is much more enticing than that label suggests.’ Independent on Sunday
At Home Intimate site-responsive story-telling/documentary performance performed in (and partly improvised around) audience’s own homes. Can be tailored to specific contexts, eg festival themes, etc. (Approx 75 mins or by negotiation, 2 performers, 3 on the road.)
Hey Mathew (REMIX) Immersive theatre/live art work exploring themes of loss and longing in relation to the social predicament of young men. 70 minute theatre version, or durational gallery/site-responsive formats. (Nudity and very strong sexual content throughout, 2 performers, 3 on the road.)
Hippo World Guest Book Text-based performance drawing on the content of a genuine web discussion board to create a telling (and outrageously funny) portrait of online interactivity. (65 mins, 1 on stage, 2 on the road, strong language and adult content.)
Yeah Boom! – A Christopher Knowles Reader Presents the rarely performed ‘typings’ of pioneering autistic writer and visual artist Christopher Knowles, with commentary on his unique textual work. (60 mins, 1 on stage, 2 on the road.)
The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley Funny and tender story-telling show about the unlikely relationship between a gay teenager and a failed superhero. (85 mins, 1 performer, 3/4 on the road, some strong language.)
Language Thinks Language Dazzling performance compilation of classic avant garde sound poetry, experimental prose, artists’ texts and Fluxus scores. Particularly suited to educational contexts. (70 mins, 2 performers, 3 on the road, some strong language.)
Too Sad To Tell You Live art/theatre piece, particularly suitable for galleries, inspired by the life and work of visual artist Bas Jan Ader. (70 mins, 2 performers, 3 on the road, contains nudity.)
Post-show/Q&A discussions are available for all productions.
Workshops for undergraduate level students and above, and/or practitioners. Half-day (four hours) minimum.
Performance lecture, The Forest and the Field (60 mins), available as an adjunct to other pieces. Discusses the cultural meaning and ethical/political predicament of theatre now. Suitable for general and specialist audiences alike.
Ongoing engagement and discussion through blogs etc. can be wrapped around all projects.
RECENT INTERNATIONAL WORK
2007 Australia (Kiss of Life)
All current productions available from March 2010
Too Sad To Tell You available from late 2010