On Sunday we launched our latest edition of Shattered Fragments, with THE DEADCOATS, the first in a series of videos giving a taste of new show ideas that we've been cooking up. But what exactly is Shattered Fragments, and what's it all about?
What is it?
Shattered Fragments is our semi-regular revue of new work. We present six new fragments of work, all ideas that we would like to develop into full-length shows. The night is built around audience feedback, and the responses from the audience are crucial in how we develop the pieces further. It's a great platform to experiment, and has been the starting point for much of our work. Soften the Grey, The Number of the Beast, The Burgundy Boy - even The Intergalactic Circus of Truths - all had their first incarnations at a Shattered Fragments night.
Why online this time?
Now, in 2020, because of that thing that's going on, it's been difficult for us to try work out in front of a live audience. But off the back of some amazing behind-the-scenes work we've been doing with our core artistic team exploring and defining what we do, we are chomping at the bits to try out some new show ideas. Shattered Fragments is the natural place to do this. But we've had to change the format this time round.
How's it going to work?
Every Sunday at 4pm we are releasing a new video. Each video focuses on a different show idea that we'd like to develop in the future. In the past, some Shattered Fragments nights featured work exclusively written by Jake & Nigel. This time round we've really wanted to highlight our wider creative team, and so the videos have been put together by some of our key associate artists: Becky Bone, Will Bridges, Dodie Finamore, Amy Fleming and George Mills, with Zinta Gercans producing and, of course, Jake and Nigel contributing heavily.
The videos are all going to take different forms. Some will feel a little like Kickstarter videos. Some more like short films. Others like trailers. It's hard trying to capture the experimental energy of a scratch night in a pithy yet permanent video, but the important thing for us is that we get these new ideas out there, and find out what you think! Because if we're excited about them then we hope you will be too.
What are the ideas?
We have decided to share new show ideas that cover the whole breadth of our work: interactive festival theatre, original scripted work and reinterpreted Shakespeare. Read on to find out what we've got in store and when each video will be released...
An interactive comedy-horror show that follows two deceased Butlins redcoats as they try to complete their unfinished business and give their final performance...
VIDEO IS LIVE NOW! Watch on YouTube, Facebook or Instagram.
THE BUCHANAN ACADEMY
A new multi-space festival concept featuring all manner of peculiar teachers and that all-important Year 6 Disco...
VIDEO LIVE ON SUNDAY 1st NOV
GRAINNE & ELIZABETH: A TALE OF TWO QUEENS
A historical romp that takes a look at the legend of Grace O'Malley, Pirate Queen of Ireland...
VIDEO LIVE ON SUNDAY 8th NOV
THE TEMPEST: MINISTERS OF FATE
A brand new take on Shakespeare's stormy comedy, from the demented minds that gave you Macbeth: A Tale of Sound & Fury and Hamlet: Rotten States...
VIDEO LIVE ON SUNDAY 15th NOV
THE WOMAN WHOSE HOUSE WAS STOLEN
An absurdist adventure about a woman who finds out her entire house has literally been stolen. We presented this originally at Shattered Fragments IV but have now completely revamped it...
VIDEO LIVE ON SUNDAY 22nd NOV
A new two-hander from 6FootStories masterminds Jake Hassam & Nigel Munson...
COMING TO YOU LIVE ON SUNDAY 29th NOV!
So there is a live event after all???
We couldn't resist. In this very special live online show we're going to take a trip down memory lane and present some of our favourite forgotten pieces that were performed once-upon-a-time but have since lain dormant in the 6FootStories vault. And yes, we'll also be sharing a brand new piece written and performed by Jake & Nigel. More news on this live event coming very soon...
So what do I do now?
Make yourself a cup of tea, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and enjoy the first instalment of Shattered Fragments, THE DEADCOATS...