Soundtrack to the Daily Grind
A group of theatrically minded musicians rehearse a series of songs and devise ways to perform those songs in public in the most unexpected way possible. An imperative for this project is the clandestine approach to the music, more than half of the delight for the public is the way it appears as if from nowhere. Buses provide an ideal venue for these performances – the performers can board the bus ostensibly as real passengers so when the apparently impromptu song begins it is all the more surprising and delightful. Buses also have unexpectedly good acoustics, so the music fills the entire bus without the need for amplification.
Soundtrack to the Daily Grind is about bringing art into the realm of the everyday. It is also about extending the sensation of it to people who do not, or cannot attend conventional shows. It is about providing an alternative to commodified and inaccessible theatre and music. But mostly, it is about enhancing the lives of people through joyous performance and spectacle.
Soundtrack to the Daily Grind was first developed and performed as part of the NZ Fringe Festival 2011, with generous support from Creative New Zealand. The original cast was Joel Baxendale, Jake Baxendale, Erin Banks, Bryony Skillington and Gareth Hobbs.
It was subsequently performed at the Christchurch Arts Festival 2011 with Joel Baxendale, Erin Banks, Bryony Skillington, Jake Baxendale, and Owen Baxendale
Binge Culture in Parliament!
In September 2012, Simon and Fi began to collaborate with JustSpeak, "a non-partisan network of young people speaking to and speaking up for a new generation of thinkers who want to change our criminal justice system."
We've been working together to use performance as a means to achieve JustSpeak's aim "to empower young people from all walks of life to think independently and speak out about justice issues that they care about or affect them."
We facilitated a workshop at JustSpeak Camp 2012 and caused havoc at a reception at New Zealand's Parliament, by asking several hundred guests to take part in the performance.
We've been collaborating on critical-thinking based performative exercises at JustSpeak forums and are looking forward to another workshop and performance at camp in 2013!
One small step for man, one giant leap for turn based theatre. Following the uncompromising instructions of the mission control cassette tape, our two commanders must navigate the perilous ALIEN GALAXY. Will rockets from the green planet destroy them? Will they die in the soundless vacuum of space? And can the volunteer laser operators be trusted to follow orders?
A short sketch for Sebastian Sommer's Bite Size Theatre.
Photo: Astrid Gleichmann
We've performed on Wellington's Cuba Street and in Midland Park, on Auckland's Queen Street and K Road, in Dunedin's Octagon and at Otago University
Videos for Mash Pit.
We made a series of short videos for a comedy website.
Featuring: the Panda on a hard night on Courtney Place, our recent status updates, a dancing boy, and more...
The idea was to download them, mess them up, or just enjoy them as they are! Kind of like a council assigned street art wall to Youtube's random graffitti, which is probably why it failed.
Directed by Joel Baxendale, featuring Claire O'Loughlin, Gareth Hobbs, Ralph Upton, Simon Haren, Joel Baxendale, Rachel Baker and the Panda. With music by Gareth Hobbs and Hamish Upton.
A Collaboration with Barbarian Productions
Angels of Death were sighted roaming the streets of Wellington. It could have been something to do with Jo Randerson's Good Night The End at Downstage. Or maybe they just wanted to get out and enjoy the sunshine.
Photo: Dominika Zielinska
The Anomaly Opens
We performed at Canaan Downs Festival at New Years 2009. Festival organizer Simon Kong described the show as "[an] out of this world, on target, contemporary, topical, engaged performance provided professionally in a inhospitable environment… a phenomenal success where many others have failed and fled.”
The picture is of the set for our main performance. There is a video of the set and bits of the performance here and photos here.