Venue: Innovation Warehouse, 1 East Poultry Ave. London EC1A 9PT.
TimeWave is a new international festival that explores the fusion of theatre and technology.
Theater allowed you to imagine scenes anywhere in the world; film allowed you to see scenes anywhere in the world; Timewave allows for scenes to occur anywhere in the world and for audiences to connect to those places. By using telepresence and broadcasting technologies, theatre from remote locales will be streamed into London, enabling audiences to travel around the world but never leave their seats.
"I am really looking forward to being a part of the TimeWave festival - I believe that all the artists involved aspire to set the bar higher for new writing and that the results will be at the cutting edge of storytelling and performance." Neil LaBute
Produced by LoNyLa (lonyla.com), a global artists’ network fueled by graduates of Yale University, in partnership with Innovation Warehouse (theiw.org), a leading British accelerator for digital startups, and the Stella Adler Studio for Acting (stellaadler.com) in New York City, TimeWave gathers audiences to experience a performance that is simultaneously theatrical, cinematic, and Internet-driven, and where audiences can contribute via social media.
TimeWave gathers over 75 artists from 10 nations, including the United Kingdom, United States, Russia, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, Spain, Nigeria, Romania and Italy. New work will be streamed in to the festival from New York City, Los Angeles, Madrid, Barcelona, Bucharest, Milan and Singapore.
Highlights of the festival include opening night performances of new work by Neil LaBute, Gary Duggan and Jonathan Lewis followed by a cocktail reception for artists and audiences, an improvised black comedy in which Los Angeles and London artists discover the “Voice of Revolution” during the 2011 London riots, new plays by Paul Charlton, Maksym Kurochkin, Zainabu Jallo, Alexandra Gersten-Vassillaros and Lachlan Philpott, and a Saturday night soiree.
TimeWave is supported by Walt Disney Imagineering, Hathersage Capital Management, Telestream, Vidyo and Yelp.
"I have recently finished directing Paul Charlton's play 'The Echo Effect' which was staged as part of the TimeWave Festival - an international festival exploring the relationship between theatre and technology.
'The Echo Effect' used a Vidyo platform to stream an actor in NY, David Rysdahl, with his co-star, British actor Grahame Edwards. Although not an easy task, it was a fascinating project to be a part of and I commend both my actors and creative team, who continually (both tirelessly and bravely) jumped into the technological abyss alongside me!"
For further information about the festival, see their website:
"The last eighteen months has seen me taking a much more active role within our theatre company, Bunbury Banter, which was set up with the aim of improving the accessibility of theatre for all, regardless of financial, physical or social hardship. Our educational work is set up partially with this in mind and, aside from our regular classes (such as our Saturday School), we've now also started regularly teaching in schools, as well as accepting the occasional 'fun role' such as judging for a local talent competition - see photo to the left!
Whilst much of our time this year has been spent expanding the educational work we undertake, we’ve also been deep in recording a very special series of radio plays, collectively called Mortar, more details of which, will be coming soon!
Outside the company, I've just finished directing a beautiful two-hander by Neil LaBute called 'Land of the Dead" (which was staged at The Old Red Lion in April) and I am now moving on to directing a really exciting piece for a new theatre festival called TimeWave. The festival will take place in June but there will be more details to follow, over the coming weeks..."
Spring 2013 Update
Summer 2013 Update
Spring 2014 Update
"I'm so excited to announce that our short verbatim and Beckett inspired playlet, 'Freedom's Cut' has been selected to be part of the National Theatre of Scotland's festival The Great Yes, No, Don't Know Five Minute Theatre Show. I have been working with Bunbanter's young associate Holly Smith to create the script, alongside several members of our Young Theatre Company. Now we've just got to cast, rehearse and record it!!
Looking forward to it going live in June!"
How does being connected or separated against our will affect us and our individual freedoms? Our five minute piece looks at those who have independence forced upon them and those that have it taken away. Using verbatim theatre with direct quotes from various independence discussions (from the very tops of bureaucracy to the every man-on-the-street) our piece is inspired by Samuel Beckett's style of theatre; stream of consciousness. This abstract piece get so the heart of the debate and asks what we gain and what we lose through the debate over independence and ultimately: does anybody win?
Watch the full video here: https://vimeo.com/99346635
By Ali Anderson-Dyer, Euan Coley and Holly Smith
Performed by Juliette Smith and Holly Smith
Directed by Ali Anderson-Dyer
Assistance by Phil Anderson-Dyer and Anya Bisset
Spring 2014 Update
Freedom's Cut | The Great Yes, No, Don't Know Five Minute Theatre Show
from National Theatre of Scotland - Summer 2014
"What a wonderful start to the New Year!
Just before Christmas I applied to be part of this year's Tron 100 Club - a professional development inititave run by the Tron Theatre in Glasgow - and I'm absolutely thrilled that I've made it in! The scheme offers arts practitioners in the areas of theatre, television and radio access to a year-long series of industry workshops, networking events, panel discussions, devising, writing and performance opportunities, discounted rehearsal space and most importantly, a place to come together regularly to discuss, explore and develop new ideas with the wider artistic community and the support of the Tron Creative Team.
So in short, an amazing opportunity to connect with other creatives, develop my own skills and learn more about the Tron and the wider Scottish theatre scene beyond!
Although it's not yet the end of January, I've already been to a fabulous opening party and several workshops and discussions; all of which have proved inspiring, thought-provoking and hugely optimistic - both thanks to Lisa and people at the Tron, but also down the other incredible theatre makers and creative people I have already meet. There's loads more going on in February and March and I've a couple of meetings booked and prospective projects in the 'caldron' so-to-speak; so watch this space and roll on 2016! "
Thrilled to be part of the Tron 100 Club 2016
Having initally started by splitting her time both North and South of the Boarder, Ali is now working with more and more, in number of different ways, with groups in and around Dumfries & Galloway. Most recently, for example, she was invited to run a workshop for the Dumfries Writers.
"I have just finished a workshop with the Dumfries Writers and what a fabulous group they are! We had an evening full of laughs and giggles; and we even managed to explore some tips for reading in performance and how only a few tweaks to a reading, really can make all the difference in it's performance. I cannot express what a wonderful time I had and I'm thrilled that they've already invited me back in the Autumn, so I look forward to seeing everyone again then!!"
Summer 2015 Update
Invited by the Guild of Players, Ali is now working with the Dumfries Theatre Royal, leading their adult acting classes.
"Anne Aldridge kindly invited me to work with The Guild, leading their weekly adult workshops with the aim of improving overall stage technique and expanding the creative practices of those involved. Over the first few months, we began exploring improvisation and character creation, learning how structure can allow creativity within the boundaries and how backstory influences the choices we might make on stage. We also developed our awareness of each other and introduced the idea that, ‘big choices’ offered truthfully and in the moment, can never be wrong; whilst understanding that it takes great generosity to disclose these on stage.
After Christmas, we moved onto further storytelling work, including telling our own stories and again, breaking down narratives into timelines, backstories, facts and questions. We also started looking at the driving force behind a character’s actions, examining their intentions and adding layers such as status and history. In addition, we also began putting together our own vocal warm up, as well as understanding some of the theory behind these techniques.
Although we’ve only just started the workshops, thus far, I’ve met so many incredible people of all ages, backgrounds and experience, each of who individually share, the same bravery and openness to learn or try, something a bit different. In addition, together they have developed a fantastically friendly, collaborative and trusting environment, full of fun and many laughs (not all of them clean!) and exactly the kind of group, who are, truly, a privilege to work with!"
For more information on those please see their website.
Winter 2014 Update
I am directing an excerpt from 'The Wasp' by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm; a twisting two-hander, and psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Belongings.
Heather and Carla haven't seen each other since school. Their lives have taken very different paths; Carla lives a hand-to-mouth existence while Heather has a high-flying career, husband and a beautiful home. And yet, here they are in a café having tea and making awkward conversation.
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's electric new thriller asks how far beyond the playground we carry our childhood experiences and to what lengths some people are willing to go to in order to come to terms with them.
Summer 2016 Update
The Tron 100 Festival is a week of short plays written, performed and directed by members of the Tron Theatre’s professional development initiative, the Tron 100 Club. Spanning from new writing to devised work, over five nights of performance, 14-18 June, the Festival will celebrate the talent and creative collaborations established by the artistic community of the Tron 100.
Winter 2016 Update
Goodness, how has it gotten to here already!?
So, over the past few months I've mainly been working with Bunbanter creating our first thetare production for D&G. Sadly however, in the autumn, we had a couple of major funding set backs resulting in the tough decision to shelve the production for the time being; and turn our focus to finding new ways of approaching an ever changing financial climate, particularly when it comes to funding the arts. Whilst sad, this has been a brilliant learning experience for all of us and I'm hoping it will give us a good foundation as we move forward onto our next ventures.
On a more positive note, now 2017 approaches, I am thrilled to be part of the Tron 100 for another year! As explained last year, it' s a fantastic professional development scheme which the Tron Theatre runs and a great way of being part of the Glasgow scene. Over the last year I've been lucky enough to chat and work with people such as Graham Eatough and Alison Peebles, not to mentioned have workshops with incredibly inspiring people such as David Leddy and David Blair - perhaps my two favourites of 2016 - and that's in addition to the experience of staging something on the Tron main stage as part of their festival.
So, in a proverbial nutshell, I'm really excited to see what another year of involvement brings!
Summer 2017 Update
The Hidden Door - the 2017 version of this multi arts festival, will take place in the old Leith Theatre, Edinburgh; with 10 days and nights of music, theatre, visual art, film and spoken word bringing the stunning venue back to life. Left derelict and decaying for 28 years, Hidden Door will provide the initial spark to get this art deco gem back up and running as a major Edinburgh arts venue and transform its empty spaces with the help of some of the best creative talent from Scotland and beyond.
This year's theatrical line up includes; Grid Iron, Ludens Ensemble, Surge & the Mash Collective, Charlotte Hastings, Heather Marshal and us!
For tickets and more information, see their website
I am absolutely thrilled to be directing something for this year's Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh. I am working with the wonderful actress and theatre maker, Roanna Davidson, and our show Ego et Al is a devised piece, promising an immersive and interactive experience to everyone.
Ego et Al
Are you leading a double life? Distracted? Addicted? Consumed by the endless consumption of your identity? Ego at Al has the solution. Stop looking at yourself and start looking to your future today. Ego et Al: Game Theatre.
Spring 2017 Update
There's so many exciting things on as part of the festival and we will be on over the second weekend on 1st - 3rd June.
THE GRID IRON & ENVELOPE ROOM RESIDENCY
So as a director, I have often ended up working with new writing and rarely have the opportunity
to create site-specific or devised work; even though it’s something I really enjoy and would like
to expand upon. So this year I have decided to focus more on this and actively try to develop my
skills and experience in this direction.
To this end, last month I was lucky enough to be selected for a residency working with two Serbian architects, exploring space and site-responsive work, hosted by the fantastic Grid Iron and The Envelope Room.
The residency was an incredible experience and more than anything it helped remind me how I might approach space when working on site specific productions and/or researching or incorporating space creatively. It was fascinating working with the architects and other creatives in the group and great to be able to work with Grid Iron's Artistic Director Ben Harrison (seeing how he works and tackles things) since as directors, we so rarely get the chance to do so.
I left feeling hugely inspired, having met such an amazing bunch of people. I am in no doubt that it will lead me onto creating something involving space and site responsive work with Bunbanter at some point in future.