End of Summer Festivals

Phew! An exhausting few weeks have just ended in Devon. What with the Barnstaple FringeFest and the Exeter Fringe going on it has all been go, go, go down here.

We have ended our first year by creating two shows. Hometowns, which was shown at both festivals and Four Man, which we took to the Exeter Fringe.

Exeter Fringe

Fringe TheatreFest

Both festivals were utter successes, we all saw lots of other people’s work and it was an excellent opportunity to be able to see lots of new and exciting shows and performances. It was inspiring to see so much good stuff and it gives us that infective itch to start producing more. The buzz in the air was palpable in Barnstaple as soon as you were within five minutes of the venues, seeing people scurrying about between shows and discussing upcoming, and recently seen, work. In Exeter I was gobsmacked by the sheer number of audience members –spread out over six venues- that the festival managed to attract and, more importantly, maintain. It shows that those involved were doing things right if people kept coming back and back for more. So a big thank you and well done to all those involved in organising and running the two festivals, a lot of people owe you a lot of thanks!

Four Man

As far as SourDough goes, it has been an awesome year for us all, working on a huge swathe of projects whilst trying to pin down precisely what it is we are all about as a company. We’re definitely heading toward finding that out and after every project we have a chat about the process and performance and each time we’re that little bit happier about it all and that is obviously the direction we want to be carrying on with.

Next up for us is a couple of weeks to think about what we want to do next as a company and then we will be back on the research run to start generating some material for a show which we hope will be ready for showcasing in autumn. There are a few ideas already for what this will be coming out of the SourDough Bakery and I, for one, am very excited to see what the rest of the guys come up with.

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SourDough Presents Four Man

The boys from SourDough Theatre have written and devised four one man shows and have been performing them at the city gate as part of the Exeter Fringe Festival 2011. Four Man has gone down very well with audiences so far and today is your last chance to come and see it! 20:00 at the City Gate hotel on the Iron Bridge.

Connection Problems is first up, with a look at how people portray themselves on the internet and wonders whether you can be truly close to someone online. This piece takes on the look of a performative lecture, halfway between stand up, and theatre.

Letters To Myself takes a look at the ever personal world of diaries, dove tailing three different journals and linking them with physical movement giving the audience a glimpse into the lives of three people; A politician, a young girl, and a no body. Funny, moving and thought provoking.

The Death of err… That Guy looks at the legacy that a normal guy would leave behind if he were to die tomorrow. An autobiographical piece where the performer analyses his life by the possessions in his bedroom, from his slightly above average DVD collection, to his questionable choice of clothing.

 The Monster is a personal look at the rage that can lurk underneath the average male. A wonderful autobiographical piece that retells stories of past loves, acting and the heavy weight champion of the world. Wonderfully performed and a great way to finish the evening.

We hope to see you there!

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