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SOLO | An Innovative Immersive Audience Experience

Posted by Laura Swain, 9th September 2019, 13:57pm

Co-commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre for Frequency Festival 2017, Solo was first performed at The Blue Room at The Lawn, Lincoln and has since toured to other intimate, non-theatre spaces. We’re delighted to welcome back this mini-theatrical gem for PopOut in the historic setting of St. Mary le Wigford Church. In this interview Michael Pinchbeck and Ollie Smith share their influences behind the creation of the piece. Tell us about you – who are you and what do you do? We’re solo artists who have been collaborating together on theatre and performance projects for around a decade. The first piece we made was a two-hander called The End – and it became one part of a body of work called The Trilogy, along with The Beginning and The Middle. We try to find new and unusual ways of creating audience experiences, often with the audience themselves at the centre. We are also interested in the role of music in telling a story. What inspired you to make this show? After The Trilogy we made a second triptych of shows inspired by three musical compositions by Maurice Ravel and their connections to war. The first show Bolero was about the

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WILD | Outdoor Theatre vs Traditional Theatre

Posted by Laura Swain, 9th September 2019, 13:48pm

Motionhouse is a dancecircus company that tours extensively around the world. Their jaw-dropping show BLOCK wowed PopOut Festival audiences in 2018 and so we are really excited to welcome them back this year with their brand new show WILD. Our Artistic Director Craig Morrow spoke to Motionhouse’s Artistic Director Kevin Finnan MBE about this exciting new piece. CM: Hi Kevin, it’s great to have Motionhouse back – how has the show been going? KF: It’s been really well received at festivals as diverse as Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival in London and Stockton Riverside Festival and been performed to audiences of 20,000. The show is still very new so a bit early for reviews but we’ve had great audience feedback with particular praise going to the powerhouse performers. CM: What’s the inspiration for WILD? KF: With WILD, I really wanted to talk about our relationship with the environment. I’ve often been struck by the contrast between the wild environment and the urban environment and I’ve been thinking a lot about how humans originally came from the wild but now we have become urbanised we are actually missing out on a deeper connection with that environment and

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ROOTS | From the Makers of Urban Astronaut!

Posted by Laura Swain, 9th September 2019, 13:43pm

Highly Sprung was formed in 2002 by Sarah and Mark Worth to produce narrative driven physical theatre. Based in Coventry and often working with younger audiences and performers, they created their first outdoor show in 2012 and were the company behind PopOut 2018’s mesmerising Urban Astronaut (see page 3). Here they talk about the creation of their new show Roots. “Roots was made in response to Brexit. We are devastated that the decision to leave the EU has led to a rise in hate crime and unpleasant nationalism. We work closely with refugee communities in Coventry where incidences of public discrimination are becoming more common and so we wanted to make a piece that challenges negative perceptions. Mostly, we wanted the message of commonality to be heard, after all we, are all human, it is often only circumstance that draws the differences between us. For those that saw Urban Astronaut last year Roots has a similar feel, with audiences recognising the style of the piece, and there is a sense that it could be taking place in a different part of the same world. There is no promenade aspect to this show, however. Instead, this year the whole piece is

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FLIGHT | “A Simulator of Multiple Outcomes”

Posted by Laura Swain, 9th September 2019, 13:35pm

Artists David Rosenberg and Glen Neath have been making work together on and off since 2011.  In 2016 they invited producer Andrea Salazar to work with them on creating a series of dark shipping container shows, using immersive experiences to explore fear and anxiety and DARKFIELD was born. We spoke with Glen Neath about DARKFIELD’s latest touring container show FLIGHT and the inspiration behind it. LPAC: DARKFIELD are at the forefront of using binaural 360 degree sound in theatre but where do they get their ideas from? Neath: Well, the shows always grow out of our policy of placing each audience member at the centre of the experience. We then explore ideas that suit our use of darkness as a tool to free the imagination. For instance, FLIGHT began out of our desire to put an audience on a replica aeroplane. And that gave us a license to have some fun with the fears and anxieties around flying. LPAC: But despite the sensory effects FLIGHT is definitely no flight-simulator? Neath: No, not in a traditional sense, although audiences really do feel like they are taking off, this is more a simulator of multiple outcomes. In making the show, we read

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NEWVOLUTIONS: Scratch Night (Roundabout Special)

Posted by Laura Swain, 24th July 2019, 08:30am

Every year Lincoln Performing Arts Centre presents work-in-progress evenings by local and regional theatre makers, dancers and choreographers, performers and artists offering audiences an informal opportunity to have a say in the creative process. On Sunday 6th October, as part of PopOut Festival 2019, we are giving creatives the opportunity to scratch their work in the world’s first pop up, plug-and-play-theatre, the Roundabout. Each artist selected to perform at Newvolutions: Scratch Night will receive access to studio space and support in finding actors, resources etc. to help bring their ideas to the stage. They will also receive support and feedback following the showcase on how to better develop their work. We are interested in a range of different ideas at various stages of evolution with the smallest embryo of a new idea sharing the nest with pieces that are more fully fledged. //HOW TO GET INVOLVED Call for NEWVOLUTIONS: Scratch Night – Sunday 6th October – 9pm – Roundabout Theatre Applications are open to artists and companies based in Lincolnshire, the Midlands, the North of England and East Anglia. If you have the embryo of a show or an innovative new idea that needs some space and/or technical resources to

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Traffic News | How This Might Effect Your Visit

Posted by Laura Swain, 31st January 2019, 11:24am

Traffic Updates in Lincoln As you may be aware there has been a few traffic diversions surrounding the University of Lincoln campus recently. This is due to the construction of a footbridge over the train tacks. Network Rail is investing in creating a new pedestrian footbridge over the level crossing at Brayford Wharf East. This will significantly decrease journey times and hugely improve access across the town in the future when the level crossing barriers are down. To enable Network Rail to do this work, the public footpath and driveway are currently closed and will remain so for a few more weeks. Diversions To Look Out For Lincolnshire County Council will begin work to replace the traffic signals controlling vehicle access to the Brayford Pool campus off Rope Walk (south entrance) on Monday 4 February. The work is expected to last for four weeks. During this period the University car parks will be open as usual, however, vehicles leaving the campus via Rope Walk will only be able to turn left towards the High Street / Tentercroft Street. In addition, access to the south entrance will only be possible by turning left from the direction of the tank roundabout on

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We Are Hiring!

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 18th January 2019, 12:53pm

Join The Team! We are looking for vibrant and committed individuals to join our Front of House and Café Bar Team on a casual part time basis as Venue Staff. Please send a covering letter and CV to our Front of House and Bar Manager, Holly Cox (hcox@lincoln.ac.uk) or pop into the café before 6pm on Monday 4 February 2019. If successful, interviews will be held on Monday 11 February 2019. Full job description: Venue Staff – LPAC Job Description

Playwright Anna Jordan “pop music also has the power to bring people together”

Posted by Laura Swain, 6th November 2018, 11:58am

Born in West London, Anna Jordan trained as an actor at LAMDA. Later realising her passion for playwriting and director. In 2013 her play Yen won her the Bruntwood Prize for playwriting. Since then, Anna’s writing goes from strength to strength. We very lucky to have her play POP MUSIC come to HOME Nightclub Friday 16 November.   What is POP MUSIC about? The provocation that I came up with for the play is that pop music makes promises it can’t keep. The two characters, who are in their mid-30s and share a huge love of pop, were made huge promises by their favourite artists in the 80s and 90s that were just not true.             You previewed the show at Latitude Festival early this year, how did it go? Yes, we did a preview at Latitude festival in July, I was eight months pregnant when they all went off to the festival, which I thought I probably shouldn’t do.  The feedback was great people were talking about how feelgood and uplifting it is. I suppose the positivity comes from the fact that pop music also has the power to bring people together.   What sort of songs can we expect

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Summit Marketing and Venues Day

Posted by Laura Swain, 18th September 2018, 16:04pm

Summit Marketing and Venues Day A couple of weeks ago, I had the enormous pleasure of attending the Summit Marketing and Venues Day. This was a day set up by Fuel Theatre for all the venues on the tour to meet and discuss marketing plans but also get a better sense for the show in general. Prior to this event, all the venues had been asked to recruit a LES which stands for Local Engagement Specialist. This is usually someone who works in a specialist area and is connected to the wider local community. Because of the shows integration of BSL (British Sign Language) and its close connection to the deaf community, we were looking for someone who works with the deaf community. I happened to find Debra through Facebook, her reputation of working in the deaf community is widely known in Lincoln. Debra and I met bright and early at Lincoln Station ready to take the 3 hour journey to Manchester. The journey consisted mostly of us discussing the possibilities that the role of LES has to offer and what projects we can work on around the performance to get people engaged with the theatre. We arrived to smiling,

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POP OUT Festival 2018 Brochure

Posted by Laura Swain, 12th September 2018, 15:11pm

FESTIVAL BROCHURE LAUNCHED! You can find out What’s On in Lincoln during PopOut Festival 2018 by browsing our issuu version of our What’s On Magazine, featuring the festival line-up and behind-the-scenes information.  PopOut 2018 features our most ambitious programme so far and we hope you can join us for this micro-festival of art outside the ordinary!