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Inspirations

April 20, 2015

People always ask us where our ideas come from. To give an example of the way we work, I am going to look at one specific influence and chart the effect it had on the production. It is a short film called Flotsam and Jetsam… Way back in 2011 the Dumbshow crew got together in […]

Dumbshow Theatre Festival in Qatar… Devising a Grimm Tale

April 19, 2015

After the workshops we split the students into four groups. We each had a different approach to how we were going to work with our groups. Jack and I had a loose structure which we could work from but not so strict that we were unable to respond to the student’s ideas.  The plan we […]

Dumbshow Theatre Festival in Qatar

April 18, 2015

In early March 2015, the cast and crew of Dumbshow’s The Pearl went out to Sherborne School in Doha, Qatar, to perform The Pearl and to run a drama festival for the students of Sherborne and other schools from the region. We performed The Pearl for the students and teachers on the Thursday evening and […]

Performing The Pearl in Qatar

March 29, 2015

Dumbshow toured The Pearl to Qatar in March 2015. Jack Cole reflects on the experience… “In the town they tell the story of the great pearl—how it was found and how it was lost again. They tell of Kino, the fisherman, and of his wife, Joanna, and of the baby, Coyotito. And because the story […]

The Pearl and what it can teach us about money

July 10, 2013

Nicola Cutcher, a founding member of Dumbshow and performer in The Pearl, reflects on how the story sheds light on the role of money in our society… At the start of the book, John Steinbeck writes, “If this story is a parable, perhaps everyone takes his own meaning from it and reads his own life […]

Why The Pearl?

July 8, 2013

In the first of a series of blog posts from Dumbshow members about our new production for Edinburgh 2013, artistic director Michael Bryher starts at the very beginning by explaining what ignited his interest in making The Pearl…. A pearl is made when an oyster gets the equivalent of a splinter. A bit of grit […]

MR. RAY – A Short Story

January 22, 2013

Fancy a winter’s tale? As a side project, Dumbshow members Jack and Jack and Rollo bring you an original, uneasy  short story about temporarily losing your place. Stream or download it below. Mr. Ray Written by: Jack Howson Read by: Jack Cole Music by: Rollo Clarke

BARKING – A Radio Play

November 24, 2012

Looking for something to run to/eat to/fall asleep to? As a side project, Dumbshow members Oli, Jack and Jack have put together an original 30-minute radio play for your pleasure, a dark comedy about good neighbours. Stream or download it below. PARENTAL ADVISORY – Contains some explicit language. CAST: Sasha – Pearl Chanda Eddie – […]

Trannies

July 26, 2011

We have taken over London town. We wear big fake lashes. We cover ourselves in shimmering, glittering sequins. Wigs are big. Heels are high. So watch out, because we might be in your town next. The Roar ‘Bacchants’ are fearless, they take the tube, they dance on street corners. They like Tranny Shack at Madame […]

Doing the school run…

July 19, 2011

by Dumbshow-er and Educator, Sam Brassington. Tickets for Oedipus: a Love Story are on sale now. So our first two public performances of Oedipus: a Love Story have been shared with two lovely school audiences in Warwick and Bristol. The trouble is, following my performance of the sphinx, I may have ruined my career as […]