CREATED A MONSTER
Conspiracy of Orphans
21:30, Industrial Museum of Syros Tannery Kornelakis-Dendrinou
Conspiracy of Orphans
It is Sister and Brother’s birthday. They visit their parents’ grave, get their daily dose of Vitamin D, season their potatoes. They are reeling from a trauma which revisits them in fragments and grapples them to the floor.
Conspiracy of Orphans is a silent comedy and a quiet tragedy which treads between the slapstick nature of sibling rivalry and the dark, confusing pain of growth. Isolated in their childhood home, the orphans use their own special, non-verbal language to conspire against their own entrapment. A corporeal mime piece about empathy and abandonment, it takes influence from Svetlana Alexievich’s masterpiece Second Hand Time (a documentation of post-Soviet Russian cultural trauma); the physical comedy of Buster Keaton; and the surreal aesthetics of Rene Magritte. CoO invites you into the interior world of these lost children via soundscape, stage-magic, dance, mime and clown.
Briony O’Callaghan (Performer/co-deviser)
Simon Gleave (Performer/co-deviser)
Richard Durning (Sound design)
Charlie Wood (Production design)
With thanks to Joyce Cunningham, Korina Kokkali, Dale Wylde and David Glass.
Duration: 50 minutes
Briony is a Lecoq-trained workshop leader, artistic director of Created a Monster, and is an associate artist with Babel Theatre and David Glass Ensemble. She regularly teaches and directs in the UK and China both independently and also for David Glass Ensemble. In 2019 she has worked as movement director on HOME Mcr and ACE-commissioned piece ‘SWIM’; co-devised Babel Theatre’s new piece ‘The Fall’; and taught and directed for Salford University.
Simon is a performer, director and teacher. He studied as a University and Trinity Scholar at Trinity College (University of Toronto), completed the two-year professional course at Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and received an MA Acting from Drama Centre, Central Saint Martins. He teaches physical theatre internationally with David Glass Ensemble and is writing a book with David Glass about Devised Theatre for a new MA program at Bath Spa University.
Conspiracy of Orphans has been developed over the past 2 years beginning with a ten-minute scratch at Battersea Arts Centre, London in October 2017, followed by residencies with Omnibus Theatre, Theatre Delicatessen, Ugly Duck and The Old Fire Station, (all London) in 2018. Most recently we completed a final residency with Rich Mix and performed CoO as part of Voila! European Theatre festival 2019.