‘The Clock’ Tour
2 Cars, 3 Days, 1,516 kilometers, 4 Actors, 1 Director, 1 RiAus Program Manager, 4 venues and about 187 coffees: all for 1 Clock.
We took The Clock on the road for a regional tour 7-10 May to Pt Augusta, Mt Gambier, Victor Harbour and Goolwa.
You can read what Lisa has to say about the tour on the RiAUS blog here. Here’s what Eddie has to say:
It was a fantastic week. Really awesome people to tour with. We did 6 shows in 3 towns over 4 days and travelled 1,500km. It was pretty exhausting. But the response was overwhelmingly positive.
It was really interesting for me as a director to work on a show that is in many ways very simple….there we no sets, minimal props, no costumes, not really many characters per se. It was mostly just simple storytelling. We had the production in the round, with most of the dialogue directed at the audience, and a few moments of audience engagement included too. So it was a strange project to rehearse, knowing that much more than a typically production where you need an audience to be in the space for their reaction, in this one we needed an audience for their involvement. I was really happy with how this turned out. But I was a little nervous going in.
The show starts off with one of my favourite games, “have you ever” (many people know the drinking game version of it…I play it with chairs and moving around). Throughout the season it was a lot of fun playing that game with both high school kids, and also with audience members in their 70’s and 80’s.
Another moment of audience engagement was another of my favourite exercises; this one is extremely simple but very beautiful. I read about it in a Augusto Boal book once. The way we ran it was, every audience member was given a pen an paper and asked to answer two questions: “What am I?” and “What do I want?”. We would then collect the answers, and they we’re incorporated into a section of the performance later on. I grabbed a random pile and typed up 30 odd responses below – all unsorted and unmodified.
|I am…||I want…|
|Lots of cells||To feel joy!|
|a mother, a wife + daughter||Some new clothes|
|a living person||To be successful|
|a person||To be happy sometimes|
|human being||To live a fun and happy life|
|an intelligent female||A coffee|
|a person||To be happy|
|i am a woman||To not grow old|
|a sixteen year old male||A new PC|
|old man, grandad||To be fit and well|
|a student||World peace|
|a female||To be a grandmother|
|a human, male||Napoleon total war|
|i am a usually conscious homo sapien||I want to not suffer|
|living thing||To live healthy to old age|
|a human male with ambition||To achieve immortality that will allow me to achieve my many goals|
|i am a homosapian…a happy go lucky kind of guy! 🙂||I want to be happy and I want to be loved|
|I’m a human being, my choices will always affect who i am||I want to spend my time more wisely and fulfill my goals/desires in the journey of life|
|a soul||Heaven on earth|
|i am a human||Successful life|
|human||Happiness. Love. Family. Friends.|
|an imaginative being||Calmness + contentment|
|a human being – girl/teenager||To be able to get into uni for law|
|i am merely a human||To be fit, rich, successful in life|
|a male||Fishing boat|
|human||To be an engineer|
This would ordinarily be the point where we’d tell you about our Adelaide Shows in June, but they are both currently sold out. Stay tuned though, there will hopefully be more chances to see The Clock in the future (here’s our vine debut to tide you over).
Edit: Here’s the video from our Q+A sessions at RiAUS.