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Director’s notes 3 -SNUG|VENT continued

The script SNUG appears simple, yet it is quite complex in its simplicity.

The text appears simple – like a tennis match of repeated lines. This provides space for the actors to create their own life forms and fractured characters and objectives. The space between the words also allows the text to be adapted to different contexts, communities and environments. See below about PUMP Theatre’s upcoming performance at Testing Grounds for Valentine’s Day.

It’s a Flexi-Text!

On first reading, some actors may purport that the script is shallow, lifeless, has no story line, context, and does not confirm to the typical “formula’ of a script. Correct!

The script is written from the ‘starters’ of conversations- a series of provocations created to provoke, animate, but not to explain. SNUG is not an Aesop’s Fable, a Walt Disney classic or PIXAR animation with a happy ending. SNUG is an EXPLORE-ation, a journey narrated through action and minimal and with no EXPLANATION or back story.

Valentine’s Day @ Testing Grounds – www.testing-grounds.com.au (subparagraph)

‘Testing Grounds’ is a piece of land that sits behind the Arts Centre Melbourne and next door to the Australian Ballet carpark and City Road.

Joseph Norster (Architect) and his partner Millie Catlin (Designer) have regenerated the space to be a living garden and event venue.

Everything in ‘Testing Grounds’ is created from recycled materials and found objects. Lights are fuelled by old care batteries and terraced garden beds are housed in wooden pallets.

There is a stage, a licensed cash bar, toilets – all constructed from found objects and even an office with Wi-Fi where Millie and Joseph work during the day.

Joseph and Millie are very excited about SNUG|VENT being about domestic issues and the living garden provides a beautiful ‘domestic’ environment for the performance.

The performance of VENT will adapt in the garden. Instead of Dan and Rosa fighting about Dan’s gambling habits; they can fight about Dan not mowing the lawn. Bella their daughter can take solace in watering the plants, picking the sweet peas and flowers in the garden. The audience can enjoy being witnesses on Valentine’s Day and will also have an opportunity to participate in the performance by replaying scenes, providing alternative scenarios.

Thinking points

Have you ever intervened in an act of violence?
What was your intervention?
Did it work?

Have a great day!

Josephine
Director, PUMP Theatre
Bringing Communities to Life
info@pumptheatre.com.au
www.pumptheatre.com.au

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