‘Silent.’ is a bold piece of contemporary documentary theatre exploring the harrowing but inspiring stories of those who survived World War One.
In a daring turn, WildChild are using the Verbatim method of Recorded Delivery, inspired by the works of Alecky Blythe, to tell the unique stories of those who sacrificed so much for the ‘war to end all wars’.
From the conscientious objector to the men who fought at the Somme to the wife of a man shot for cowardice, each tape contains a distinct experience of a different World War One survivor collected and edited from the Imperial War Museum’s archives.
These tapes have been played live to the actors through earphones during the rehearsal process and unusually are also played on stage in performance. The actors listen to the audio and repeat what they hear. They copy not just the words but exactly the way in which they were first spoken. Every cough, stutter and hesitation is reproduced, emulating true storytelling and giving the opportunity to bring the stories of those we have lost, back to life.
Mark the centenary of the end of the war with this bold piece of immersive verbatim theatre and hear the voices of the Lost Generation once again.
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CONTEMPORARY DOCUMENTARY THEATRE
WildChild are very grateful to be part of the inaugural John Thaw Initiative at The Actors Centre, Covent Garden on the 8th, 9th and 10th March in their newly adapted John Thaw Studio.
From January 2018, the Actors Centre is going to be opening the doors of the John Thaw Studio to the development and showcasing of new work. They will be offering regular opportunities throughout the year for actors who are forging their own career paths to present innovative, genre-pushing and risk-taking work to the public and industry.
This will also be an opportunity for audiences to actively engage with the development process, with every company offering the chance to participate in discussions about the work, to give feedback or actively workshop the pieces themselves.
Due to the unique randomised nature of this piece of theatre we are keen to seek dramaturgical feedback.
In addition to the immersive aspect of the Workshop in which we will allow the audience to directly choose how each event plays out, we would be looking for direct advice on how this immersive element may be improved and developed further to aid the overall storytelling.
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