Theatre in Wales

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Kaleidoscope Productions LTD

Swansea / London

  current production | past productions
Directors: Suzanne Davies | Amber Massie-Blomfield
Lydia Stamps
artistic policy
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Kaleidoscope Productions aim to create innovative work that challenges the currently defined understandings of performance, whilst acknowledging and drawing upon past traditions and influences.
Kaleidoscope work with a variety of media, particularly film and live performance, both singly and in relation to one another. Employing experimentation, collaboration and interdisciplinary practice as the core of our work.
brief history
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Kaleidoscope Productions was founded in 2005 by Amber Massie-Blomfield and Suzanne Davies while training at The Central School of Speech and Drama on the BA (Hons) Performance Art course.
selected past productions
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'Things You Remember When Drowning' Written by Amber Massie-Blomfield and directed by Suzanne Davies premiered at ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) London in June 2006, followed by performances at Buxton Fringe Festival and The Old Truman Brewery London.
Two women, separated by three centuries. One is rejected by her lover, the other betrays her husband in the arms of another man. Both end their lives submerged in water, having existed as muted subplots in the tales of the men who bring about their deaths, Hamlet and Woyzeck. In 'Things You Remember When Drowning', Ophelia and Marie are given back their voices, becoming the protagonists of their own stories and exploring their relationships with their partners and their authors.
This through line to the piece allows for a far-reaching dramaturgy exploring changing perceptions of 'woman' through history (specifically drawing parallels between Shakespeare's time, Buchner's time and our own.) The process allowed the company, born and raised in the 'post-feminist era', to consider the expectations of women in the beginning of the twenty first century, how these differ from the expectations Shakespeare and Buchner had of their characters, and whether it is still possible to 'fail' in fulfilling a gender role.
The paradigm of Ophelia and Marie's stories are employed as the structure for a collage of different texts drawn from a variety of sources. Shakespeare and Buchners' words meet rap lyrics and cybersex meets songs and fairytales.
Embracing the idea of 'accident' delineated by the title of ' The Accidental Festival', where the piece premiered, the devising process began with a series of games and challenges set for company members, featuring disposable cameras and women's magazines.
The development of the script is the result of a constant creative exchange between the playwright/dramaturg and the company. The writing process and company workshops continuously overlapped, and the text changed throughout the rehearsal process, in response to the needs and discoveries of the ensemble.
The piece aimed to create a space where audience members would feel free to consider their own experiences and perceptions of gender roles in the twenty first century.

'I am sorry'
In 2005 Kaleidoscope Productions produced, directed and edited a music promo for the band Awful Sparks.
future plans
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Suzanne Davies is currently working on a new collaboration with Sibyl Kempson called 'The Secret Death of Puppets'.

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