I have been a member of The Factory theatre for several years now. The Factory has a reputation for doing very innovative, often improvised work but with a deep understanding of text. We work in a spontaneous manner and never block scenes or decide what to do in advance but try wherever possible to be in the moment of playing. We decided to work on Love’s Labour’s Lost because it is a less familiar play. I really enjoyed meeting online and studying the text with the Factory’s associates every week throughout April, May and June.
Link to The Factory
We were due to play at the Willow Globe in Wales but unfortunately the event had to be cancelled. Instead, we decided to put the show online and performed a version on Zoom that was livestreamed on YouTube.
We made some decisions beforehand – such as casting, there were also a few cuts to the text. However, as every actor was filming alone in their home we had no idea what the background would look like, how they would play it or indeed what might happen due to the limitations of technology. In order to try and bring a Factory feel to the online experience, we asked the audience beforehand to suggest household items that we had to incorporate as props into the show. The results of this varied wildly… I play Jaquenetta.
You can find it on YouTube HERE
Singing again! An exciting week of vocal experimentation developing 2 musical pieces with musician and composer Pete Wyer and playwright Mia Chung. Pete and I first worked together back in 2002 on a play called Sea of Silence. This time we looked at a blues version of the Red Riding Hood tale and a sung version of a Korean folk tale.
Click for website of composer Pete M Wyer: http://pmwmusic.com/
Click for New Dramatist website: http://newdramatists.org/mia-chung
March – April 2016 Arcola Theatre
August – September 2016 HighTide, Aldeburgh
This epic play spanning over 60 years of Chinese history from the Maoist revolution to the present day is the culmination of nearly a decade of study and tells the story of the real people.
“A big, ambitious and thought-provoking production” The Guardian
I play Tang, the no-nonsense communist soldier who brings grassroots change to Rotten Peach Village. It is a very moving piece about how people were empowered to create real change for themselves but how corruption and the struggle for power and results led to the famines of the Great Leap Forward and eventually set the nation on the road to extreme capitalism. I felt very humbled to tell these women’s stories and honoured to be part of a production that had so much heart and humour.
The Arcola Theatre and later the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh were transformed by Lily Arnold into a Chinese Temple. Take a look at the stunning cast photos by Nobby Clark on the HighTide website.
Thank you to Michael Billington for this breathtaking review: “Louise Mai Newberry is outstanding” (Link)