Dancing Brick – Heather

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Heather is a play by Thomas Eccleshare, produced by Dancing Brick and Paul Jellis in association with the Bush Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres. Directed by Valentina Ceschi the creative team also included Lighting Designer Joe Price, Designer Lilly Arnold and I designed the sound.

A reclusive children’s writer becomes wildly successful. Her books are treasured across the country. But when a troubling narrative starts to unfold, we find ourselves asking: what matters more, the storyteller or the story? Heather is a short, sharp play about language, prejudice and the power of stories.

The play is structured in three parts and in parts one and two I used stage mics and radio mics for different vocal amplification effects. In part three the use of microphones is combined with a cinematic Harry Potter style music score and sound effects. You can listen to some excerpts here:

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Heather was presented at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2017 and was included in the British Council Edinburgh Showcase. It was very well received with favourable reviews and sell out performances.

***** The Scotsman – Niki Boyle “That second act is one of the most tense, riveting scenes you will experience at this year’s Fringe – a perfectly constructed face-off employing layers of revelations and accusations, with just enough black humour in place to function as a pressure valve to release tension in the room before building it slowly back up to bursting point.”

**** The Stage – Fergus Morgan “And the third part thrillingly delves into the magical world Heather has created: Gerlach and Melia jump around the sparse stage, feverishly evoking an ethereal world of death and danger to Iain Armstrong’s cinematic sound design.”

**** The List – Rowena McIntosh “New writing examining authorship presents a captivating blend of light and dark.”

**** The Wee Review – Aisling McGuire “Tension is built by both exquisite acting and production. Lights, sound, props and script all serve to make Heather an engaging hour of entertainment, ideal for those looking for something with some power and sincerity at this year’s Fringe, although not without some laughs for the parody elements of ‘Greta and the Pen Necromancer’.”

**** The Reviews Hub – Chloe St George “Visually, the last act is a great one to end on. Fantastical, heightened, and child-like, full of dynamic staging and evocative sound effects.”

That second act is one of the most tense, riveting scenes you will experience at this year’s Fringe – a perfectly constructed face-off employing layers of revelations and accusations, with just enough black humour in place to function as a pressure valve to release tension in the room before building it slowly back up to bursting point.Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/theatre/theatre-review-heather-1-4527617
That second act is one of the most tense, riveting scenes you will experience at this year’s Fringe – a perfectly constructed face-off employing layers of revelations and accusations, with just enough black humour in place to function as a pressure valve to release tension in the room before building it slowly back up to bursting point.Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/theatre/theatre-review-heather-1-4527617

Following the Edinburgh run Heather toured UK venues through the autumn of 2017 including:

11.09.17 The Stahl Theatre Oundle

13-16.09.17 Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol

22.09.17 The Edge Theatre Manchester

26-27.09.17 Tron Theatre Glasgow

5-7.10.17 Salisbury Playhouse

13.10 – 18.11.17 Bush Theatre London