BETA

Saturday 19 - Saturday 26 May

BETA showcases new and daring pieces of work, at an evolving stage, by emerging and established performers from East Anglia, the UK and Berlin. All shows are Pay What You Can, meaning anyone can come along to any of our shows.

BETA is a new platform for underground and fringe performance and will be a building block for future collaborations, networks and productions.


Dot Howard (Eastern Scratch Showcase)     
Saturday 19 May, 9.00pm


How to Avoid Making an Entrance of Yourself (working title)
Devised and performed by Dot Howard

A performance about entrances and exits: in the wings/behind the scenes/off-stage and backstage. A performance for (ideally) a space with two exits. Most of the dialogue occurs behind a door where the performer cowers, microphone in-hand, not ready at all.

An antidote to the bombastic introductory pre-ambles of Dermot O'Leary of Colchester on X-Factor before a “special guest” performance. A series of unashamed one-liners exposing the fear and fragility of the performer in the moments before they take to the stage.

www.dothoward.com


Chris Thorpe
Saturday 19 May, 10.30pm


This is a reading of a new piece that I'm developing, drawing on ideas of heroism, the choices we make in a moment and the compromises we make over a lifetime. It's written like one of my solo pieces, but for three voices. At BETA I'm going to try out a new version, and I might ask some other performers to read it with me. It's a rough and ready showing, but I hope it'll give a good idea of where it's headed.

Chris is a 4 time Fringe First award winner. He is also performing at the N+NFestival in the show The oh f**k moment and may well be performing in The Disappearance of Maudeline Spacks.


Curious Directive (Offstage Performance)
Sunday 20 May 8.30pm onwards


Ten 5 minute one-to-one performances available / 5 available from 8:30pm and 5 available from 9:30pm

Curious Directive invite you to a 1 day showing of a new piece exploring our intimate relationship with perfume. Step inside and let us explore your personal aspirations for the future. The company invite you at this early stage as our work will be shaped by you.

“a company clearly destined for great things” The Telegraph

To book a place for this performance, please speak to our Box Office team when you arrive at the Puppet Theatre.


Will Teather        
Sunday 20 May, 9.00pm


The Remarkable Disappearing and Reappearing Maudeline Spacks

Since disappearing a decade ago in the midst of two concurrent performances in London and Sydney, Maudeline Spacks has become known as the vanishing artist who vanished forever: she is both dead and alive at the same time. Until now... Be ready to witness the reappearance of Maudeline Spacks, the greatest vanishing artist to have never lived.

Created by artist Will Teather in collaboration with a host of performers including Holly Bodmer, Chris Thorpe & Maudeline Spacks.  Produced for Beta by Luke Emery.

www.willteather.com


Patrick Eakin-Young             
Sunday 20th May, 10.10pm & 10.45pm

30 seats per performance

Body Pieces

Body Pieces is a new solo performance piece with holograms and live improvised music. Using a 19th Century theatrical illusion called a Pepper’s Ghost, artist/director Patrick Eakin Young (Opera Erratica) interacts with his body cut up, re-arranged and re-animated, on a tabletop stage. A succession of bizarre, surreal scenes combine to create an absurdist and somewhat disturbing narrative of a man encountering his own self-image. Accompanying the piece will be Norwich-based band TRANSEPT, whose interpretive score will be improvised for each performance.

Performed for a very limited audience. Contains nudity.

“Sometimes you find beauty in the most surprising productions and places… the visuals are a constant wonder.”NOW Toronto


Dugald Ferguson (Eastern Scratch Showcase)  
Monday 21 May, 9.00pm


Torrents Of Rapture

"It was on board the 7:27 heading to, ... who knows where..."


A scratch multimedia comedy recounting the 'EPIC' love story of our heartbroken hero as he searches for answers and solace in the "classic romance film of all time" Torrents of Rapture. But as his misery and sense of betrayal deepens the boundaries between himself and that passionate film erodes, threatening to snowball into the audience and life itself.

Told through 'olden-days-style' film and animation, agony aunt casebook tabloid photo journalism, live performance and the evocative music of yesteryear this collage of (work-in-progress) sumputuousness promises to capture the heart of a nation even as the show leaves you overwhelmed, singing and shaking with ..Torrents of Rapture.       

Twitter @dugaldferguson
www.dugaldferguson.co.uk


Daniel Kelly        
Monday 21 May, 10.45pm


The Pirates of Carthage

The Pirates of Carthage
is a new play by visual artist Daniel Kelly, It examines the recent uprising across Tunisia alongside The Mercenary War (264-241 BC) in the ancient city of Carthage.

The stories of uprising and rebellion from different centuries are relayed in parallel on stage collaged together from the medium in which Kelly first experienced them, Gustave Flaubert historical novel Salammbo, and the ubiquitous social networking platform Twitter.

The play will be performed around the one year anniversary of the fleeing of the then Tunisian President Ben Ali.

www.piratesofcarthage.wordpress.com


Elena Italia (Eastern Scratch Showcase)         
Tuesday 22 May, 9.00pm


Dis-Auction

Dis-Auction
is a participatory duo live art performance questioning the impact of our actions, of our individual and group responsibility, through the exploration of the audience/performer relationship. It takes the form of an auction and involves the audience in delicate dynamics and Yves Klein- inspired ritualised action, creating a disturbing ,all-surrounding social experiment. (This show may contain strong imagery unsuitable for young children.)

www.elenaitalia.co.uk


Ross Sutherland     
Tuesday 22 May, 10.45pm

30 mins 16+

Standby For Tape Backup

When poet Ross Sutherland's house burnt down, the only thing that survived was a videotape that used to belong to his grandparents. On the tape: an episode of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, the first twenty minutes of Jaws, and half a Crystal Maze.

Ross is currently exploring ways of remixing the material, transforming the footage into a brand-new audiovisual poem on memory, death and reruns. Come see how he’s getting along.

Ross Sutherland is an award-winning writer and performer from Edinburgh. He was one of The Times’ Top Ten Literary Stars in 2008 and his work has featured on BBC2’s Newsnight Review, Radio 1, 3 and 4. He has released three acclaimed poetry collections and is a member of 2005 Time Out Critics’ Choice of the Year award-winning poetry collective Aisle 16.

“One of the most exciting voices to emerge on the Fringe. A real star" – ★★★★ The Independent, on Ross Sutherland’s The Three Stigmata Of Pacman

“Sutherland is thoughtful, articulate and very funny"Evening Standard

www.rosssutherland.co.uk


John Boursnell (Eastern Scratch Showcase)       
Wednesday 23 May, 9.00pm


5 Actions/ 5 Texts/ 5 Songs

Repeated actions, singing, cassette-looping, ball bearing-dropping and polaroid-photograph-taking to produce patchworks of quiet sounds.

This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

http://johnboursnell.tumblr.com/


Dan Canham & Still House        
Wednesday 23 May, 10.45pm
Thursday 24 May, 9pm


Ours Was The Fen Country (presented as a work-in-progress)

Since 2009 Dan Canham has been capturing conversation with people of the fens in East Anglia. Eel-catchers, farmers, parish councillors, museum keepers, molly dancers and conservationists have all been interviewed. In this ethereal piece of dance-theatre, Dan and his team fuse movement and sound with the words and memories of their native collaborators to get to the heart of this beautiful, bleak and mysterious expanse of flat land.

Supported by Grants for the Arts through Arts Council England, Bristol Ferment, PULSE fringe festival, BETA at Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Norfolk Dance and Dartington Space.

“Dan Canham raises ghosts in spine-tingling dance-theatre…exquisitely crafted, thoughtful theatre.” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on 30 Cecil Street.

www.stillhouse.co.uk


Mica Moca   
Thursday 24 May, 9.00pm – 10.45pm
Friday 25 May, 9.45pm – 11.30pm


Christopher Schleiff

Christopher is a puppeteer whose show was received negatively by his teachers at Ernst Busch Hoch-Schule for lacking all traditional elements of puppeteering. He incorporates objects like tables and chairs into a beautifully subtle performance about the sound and movement of objects.

Carlo Loiudice

Oltre il Regno I study (work in progress)

Italian actor Carlo will bring a very intense, rather classical solo theatre performance of "Oltre il Regno I study” (work in progress) inspired by Dino Buzzati.

“Within the limit of his own existence, the man sees his life consuming itself; by trying to cross that limit he tries to give a meaning to it...The story of a journey, among memories and hopes, ambitions and failures and the steps marking the distance between those who remain and those who leave...”


Sibylle Polster & Dylan Bandy (Offstage Performance)
Thursday 24 May 9.30pm


Strangers in a Song

Opera director, Sibylle Polster, and mezzo-soprano, Dylan Bandy, present Strangers in a Song: an interactive operatic performance. Make a phone call and receive your own private concert. Against the backdrop of this exuberant festival, enjoy a fleeting moment of intimacy with an anonymous opera singer.

To find out how to sample this unique performance, ask at the BETA Box Office. Limited places available.


Christopher Schleiff
Thursday 24 May 10.45pm


The World Keeps Turning On

Christopher is a puppeteer whose show was received negatively by his teachers at Ernst Busch Hoch-Schule for lacking all traditional elements of puppeteering. He incorporates objects like tables and chairs into a beautifully subtle performance about the sound and movement of objects.

www.micamoca.com


Tilly Lunken (Eastern Scratch Showcase)           
Friday 25 May, 9.00pm - 9.15pm

                  
I Am Not Your Art
Written by Tilly Lunken and Directed by Ariel Navarro

A story of the painter and the painted. Dora Maar attempts to reclaim ownership of what she lost when she gave her face to Picasso and he gifted it to the world as The Weeping Woman series. Combining elements of dance, lyrical language and visual art within an intensely theatrical construct, this work comes to the stage as an exhibition in a transitional space. As Dora seeks to reconstruct the pieces of her being she emerges as a curiously defiant figure and proves inextricably linked with the art that she has become.

http://theatre-of-words.blogspot.co.uk/p/i-am-not-your-art.html


Elpida Orfanidou
Friday 25 May 9.45pm


One is almost never

Elpida is a Greek solo dancer always on the fine edge of getting into the performance and stepping out of it again. She creates a perceivable ‘awkwardness’ by the permanent feeling of self consciousness of the performer; leaving the audience to work out whether what they see is intentional or a mistake. This is not just a dance performance but the performance of a dancer.


Carlo Loiudice
Friday 25 May 11.15pm


Oltre il Regno I study (work in progress)

Italian actor Carlo will bring a very intense, rather classical solo theatre performance of Oltre il Regno I study (work in progress) inspired by Dino Buzzati.

Within the limit of his own existence, the man sees his life consuming itself; by trying to cross that limit he tries to give a meaning to it...The story of a journey, among memories and hopes, ambitions and failures and the steps marking the distance between those who remain and those who leave...


The Raw & The Cooked (Eastern Scratch Showcase)   
Saturday 26 May, 9.00pm – 9.30pm


In the 1816 poem The Dream, Lord Byron reflects upon the nature of dreams and in so doing recounts a dream of “two beings in the hues of youth”. He demonstrates the disjunct nature of dreams and their realistic nature while telling of two lives doomed by love.

The use of musical and visual materials will amplify and extend upon both the reflective nature and poetic beauty of Byron’s work. The piece hopes to complement as well as subvert the ‘meaning’ of the poem by exploiting music’s own ability to create ‘meaning’; the multi-sensory experience will place the audience within The Dream, creating a frame which the audience can use to reflect upon the nature of the unconscious mind.

http://rawandthecooked.mutantsounds.com/about.html


BETA Finale            
Sat 26 May, 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Mica Moca and Eastern Scratch Showcase

Over the course of last three days of BETA, the Mica Moca collective will come together with Eastern Scratch Showcase performers. Their coming together will yield a performance that will exemplify BETA as a place to take risks and to see the raw, the unknown and the unexpected. Berlin will meet Norwich and a new piece will be born, a piece with a face that will emerge as the week reaches its climax.