Interview-based headphone verbatim theatre that works challenging cultural stereotypes in the sharing of personal stories about identity, belonging and Britishness.
Immediate, nimble and authentic; headphone verbatim allows for a fast and agile response to the quickly changing political landscape. In developing this technique, its pioneer, Anna Deveare-Smith led a revolution in theatre in 1990s America.
Following Deveare-Smith’s footsteps, I Walk in Your Words is a piece of theatre developed in a matter of weeks – co-founder and former Artistic Director of Tamasha, Kristine Landon-Smith has worked alongside Tamasha Developing Artists to teach actors the headphone verbatim technique. Giving theatre artists the tools to respond rapidly to the issues of the day could not be more crucial in the current global political climate.
The diverse collective of performers have conducted taped interviews with their extended communities which have then been edited & woven into a narrative touching on both the political & personal experience. The material is performed truly verbatim – the actors wear headphones listening to the interviews as they perform. This allows every idiosyncratic detail of the speaker to be captured by the performer. The result - a series of poignant, unpredictable, tender, funny and honest testimonies.
Working with this multicultural and talented group of people was priceless! And getting in touch with such precious material, the interviews of many people from distinctive background, was definitely a thrilling experience. After just 3 rehearsals we did a gig at Richmix Theatre in London on 18th of March 2017. I then felt in love with the verbatim technique, as an actress I was more present and sincere than ever, listening to the stories and trying to deliver it as accurate as possible. This quality of listening and been honest make this technique a training in itself. I am happy to announce that we will be back with this show on 21st of October 2017 at Clapham Omnibus Theatre at 7:30. Everybody is invited!
As co-founder of Tamasha Theatre shows included East is East, The Trouble with Asian Men, Sweet Cider, Wuthering Heights, The House of Bilquis Bibi and The Arrival.
Freelance credits have included work with the Royal Court Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Nitro, Yellow Earth Theatre & The Royal Danish Theatre.
Tamasha is Britain’s foremost touring theatre company producing new plays inspired by the diversity of our globalised world. Their work places the voices of emerging and established artists from culturally diverse backgrounds centre-stage.
This production is presented in association with Tamasha Developing Artists.
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