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By Guest Blogger, Production Assistant & Chef Extraordinaire, Emily, whilst away at a devising retreat in very rural Beaford, Devon
Kilter is away, making and creating The Last Post. It’s a five day devising extravaganza with lots mental and physical exertion. With all that output we’ve learned it’s really important to eat and fuel ourselves for maximum brilliance. But, as we all know, when you’re away from normal routines, it can be hard to prepare and eat food in a positive way.
So for this trip, we made a concerted effort to break our bad touring food habits. On top of this, we’re devising theatre about supporting your local services so it’s important that we walk the talk!
With ten or so vegetarian meals to cater for, and six hungry mouths to feed, this involved quite a bit of planning ahead. We visited a couple of farmers markets and became inspired by the copious amounts of courgettes, delicious british peppers, amazing smelling tomatoes and incredible range of local cheeses. After that, the menu panned out easily.
It was so lovely to be able to exchange goods for currency while talking to a local farmer about Kilter theatre and our devising week away. Filling our bags with fennel bulbs, tubs of tomatoes, earthy potatoes and some complimentary sweet peas, I left heavily laden with goods ready to cook up a storm.
Many thanks to Arcadia Organic, Bakers of Bath, Jacob’s Finest and Havest Wholefoods: we’re having a tasty and productive time! Right I’m off to cook a Cauliflower Curry!
Our latest project, The Last Post, has been awarded a grant from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme. We can now plough ahead with plans to develop a body of touring work on the great dying art and etiquette of letter-writing! Watch this space for news of our curious tour-van, our fleet of post-boxes and our collaboration with all sorts of wonderful artists and musicians!
Kilter are also very grateful to Bath & North East Somerset Council, Beaford Arts and ICIA for supporting the development of The Last Post.
Every couple of months Kilter is working with new local company, A Word in Your Ear, to curate a soiree of themed stories and music under the cover of the Green Roofs project. Local writers and those from further afield are creating absorbing 10 minute pieces to read themselves or give to one of our performers.
If you’d like to find out more, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter. If you’d like to write something, please get in touch.
From an unfixed point in the distant future, the Kammioneers have dragged their cabinet of curiosities. Constantly on the look out to increase their intriguing collection of artefacts ‘mined’ from the drowned coastal cities, this inquisitive and eye-catching pair barter and trade with everyday items that betray the fascinating history of people and planet before the great catalysing catastophes of the 21st century.
‘The Kammioneers’ is a new venture for Kilter – a walkabout street-theatre piece at home in any setting. To see photos and find out where the pair are next appearing, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. To arrange a performance or discuss availability, contact Olly at Kiltertheatre.org.
Kilter is so well known for its pioneering and ‘unparalleled low-carbon theatre practise’ (The New Statesman) we are often asked for readily available transferable performance pieces to take to festivals and one-off events.
With The Kammioneers it is great to be able to offer something so simple and adaptable. The characters continue their voyage of discovery, spreading an important environmental frame of mind, wherever they land. The piece makes a very strong arresting image in constant flow and it provides a simple but mind-altering message about the future… and by implication the present and the role we each have in it.
‘The Kamionneers’ is made in conjunction with the Future Museum – a project developed by artist and kamioneer, Jethro Brice. As with all Kilter’s work the salvaged props and recycled sets he has made blend with engaging ‘point-blank’ characters as Kilter’s trade-mark emblem of quality craftsmanship and sustainability.
The development of The Kamionneers was made possible by a commission from Bath Fringe Festival and we are very grateful to them!
After many happy & productive years with Kilter, Claire has decided to move on. She’s been with us since the start & we wish her all the best as she pursues opportunities elsewhere. Here is a full fond farewell from Claire.
“After many happy and productive years with Kilter, I’ve decided to leave my role as co-director. It’s been a tough decision as Kilter has been a huge part of my life for so long and a massive influence on my creative development. But things can’t stay the same forever, and there are so many other projects pulling at my tail, that I felt it was time to move on and focus my energies elsewhere. Co-running a company based in Bath when you live in North London has proved harder than I imagined and so, with other parts of my career taking flight, this seemed like an opportune time to let go and see what new adventures I can find.
Having been there at the very start, when Olly, Caroline and I first dreamed up the company, to leading on our corporate work and, of course, being part of successful shows like Roots Replanted, the Little Month and Remote Patrol – it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve met some amazing people and made some fabulous new friends and learned so much about the kind of work I think it’s important to make. Thank you to all of you who have helped make Kilter what it is.
The good news is that I’m remaining an associate artist of the company, so you’ll still be hearing from me!
For now, I’m going to be focusing on some new writing for TV that I have in development and exploring new theatrical opportunities nearer my home in London.
Huge love to you all and watch this space!
Don’t forget to keep in touch – www.clairewyatt.com @claireewyatt “