KILN in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Associates at the prestigious Birmingham Repertory Theatre, KILN is an ensemble-led company that plunders epic stories and filters them through personal experience to create new and relevant narratives. Collaborating with artists across a range of disciplines, their productions – which can vary significantly in terms of style, scale and form – have been presented in a range of contexts from traditional theatres and festival settings to the back of van, a gothic church and a mine 30 metres underground.
Borrowing from Birmingham’s well-documented Heavy Metal traditions, the company reinvents the Greek myth of Clytemnestra; casting her harbingers of vengeance as front women of rock band THE FURIES. Part gig, part promenade performance, the show is a 60-minute exploration of rage and revenge that places a powerful trio of women's voices at its heart. With a pounding soundtrack created by two talented multi-instrumentalists, the company distils the original tale into a passionate, imaginative and atmospheric piece of music-theatre exploring a universally resonant tale of a woman wronged, her aggressor and his mistress.
In the press
"They use their voices and bodies as weapons...they are a force of nature" Lyn Gardner, Guardian
"It marries the raw screech of heavy metal with the full-throated throb of opera...Musically, it's an unmitigated triumph" Metro
DevisorDevised by KILN and collaborating artists
DesignerBen Pacey (Lighting), Jonathan 'Bungle' Blackford (Sound)
Number of people on stage3 performers, 2 musicians, 1 director/roaming character
Number of people in touring company8 (6 performers, 1 lighting operator/stage manager, 1 specialist sound operator)
Costumes: 3 x large 20kg suitcases, Specialist sound equipment: 1 cabin bag 10kg, Musical Instruments/equipment: Bass guitar, Electric guitar, Acoustic Guitar, 1 guitar amp, 1 bass guitar amp, saxophone, drum kit, keyboard. Freight costs may be minimised by sourcing some equipment locally. Steel decking, legs and treads to be provided by host venue/festival.
Touring AvailabilityFrom summer 2015
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space12m x 10m x 4m (height)
Text-basedLight (very little or no text)
Also contains:Interactivity, Live Music
VenueThe Dissection Room, Summerhall
Production dates24 – 28 AUGUST
Production times2355 – 0105
Duration70 MINS (no interval)
Audience capacity200 – 250
AddressKILN ensemble, ℅ Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Birmingham B1 2EP
Contact for touring
Sam 'Frankie' Fox
Contact at showcase
Sam 'Frankie' Fox
+44 (0)7736 038574
Nisha Modhwadia (Birmingham Repertory Theatre)
+44 (0)7814 568874
Workshop: 'Nothing will come of Nothing'
To accompany THE FURIES, Olivia and Sam (co-artistic directors of KILN), can offer a three-hour workshop exploring some of the practices they use to start ideas rolling for new work.
Suitable for 14 – 18 year olds, undergraduates, emerging practitioners, as well as experienced makers wanting to explore new ideas and methods.
An evening with: Lady GoGo Goch, A Journey Round My Skull, Hotel du Van/Pasta Vagina Masterclass, Come Heavy Sleep