Auditory Hallucinations winner of the Audience Choice award at Stoff- Stockholm Fringe Festival.
We were incredibly honoured to accept the award, its an amazing way to end whats been a really inspiring few months of creating and sharing work with audiences throughout Scotland.
With each new place we took the show to we performed in an entirely different space. In Stockholm we managed three different spaces- a public square with an audience of 150 watching the audience of 15 watching the three performers; a traditional studio space and a children’s library.
In total we performed in eight entirely different spaces, including a skatepark, a nightclub and a clearing in a forrest. Each space provided a new challenge and it meant the show stayed fresh and exciting for both the cast and the audiences.
Auditory Hallucinations has challenged us a company to push our boundaries and to create work of a higher standard. Its been hard but incredibly rewarding. Great reviews, an award but most importantly fantastic audience feedback. Auditory Hallucinations, we’re going to miss you.
Auditory Hallucinations performed at Sergels Torg Plattan as part of Stoff 2013.
Auditory Hallucinations performed in the Bryggan theatre at the Kulturhuset as part of Stoff 2013
Auditory Hallucinations children’s adaption at Rum for Barn, Kulturhuset, Stockholm as part of Stoff.
Auditory Hallucinations Kelburn Garden Party.
A light up dancefloor instead of a tape brain.
Auditory Hallucinations at Kelburn Garden Party.
What I love most about our performances at Kelburn and these photos is that everyones smiling. Such a lovely, happy atmosphere.
Our audience at The Space was predominantly made up of young people who use the skatepark. As we were setting up and rehearsing throughout the day we had a lot of interest but the skaters were quite wary of us.
Can we skate with the headphones on?
Can we leave if we don’t like it?
Can I watch a bit then go and skate and then come and watch some more?
The answer, of course, was yes. There’s no strict rules with Auditory Hallucinations, audiences are free to move around the space as they please and once the skaters knew that there was no rules or pressure they were happy to come and stay and enjoy the performance.
The actors said they felt they really had to work for this performance, that it was harder to win them over than other audiences but they really enjoyed the challenge. By the end we had a group of young people who were really, genuinely into the show. That for me is the best form of feedback. Thats why I do what I do.
The Space Skatepark, North Berwick.
This was a really fun venue for the show. We were in the Vert Ramp room which meant the actors got to run up and down the ramps and do lots of sliding. Again a new venue added a whole new element to the show.
During the second performance Robbie grabbed the mic and ran to the top of the ramp and performed a monologue from there.
One of the things that I like most about working with Robbie is that he works best when he has room to be creative during a performance and think on his feet. Rigid rules don’t work for Robbie but when he can move freely and act on what he see’s he thrives. As a director you have to learn to trust your performers, especially in performances like Auditory Hallucinations where there are sections where they have free reign. Those are some of the most exciting moments for me.