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October – December 2011

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Welcome & Booking Information


Little Bulb Theatre: Operation Greenfield


Beady Eye: Bull Baby Balls


Stacey Makishi: The Making of Bull: the true story


MILK Presents: Work in progress


Silversmith Dance Theatre: Thou Shalt


Formation Series & Call out to Artists


Contemporary Arts Research Seminars




Chichester Festival Theatre


How to Find Us

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Events Diary

More information or Email: Credits: Head of Performing Arts / Director of the ShowRoom: Ben Francombe, Head of Dance: Cathy Childs, Programming Associate: Robert Jude Daniels, ShowRoom Administrator: Andy Roberts, Performing Arts Administrator: Julie Thurston, Theatre Manager (Technical): Vince Field, Visiting Programming Consultant: Claire Soper, Programme Design: Graham Roy Donaldson, Website: dotSquared

Welcome... The ShowRoom has built a reputation for presenting some of the most exciting companies touring on the UK circuit to the South East. This season brings Milk Presents: Beady Eye, Stacey Makishi and the fabulous Little Bulb Theatre to Chichester, and in our sister venue ‘DS1’ piloting a new programme of cutting edge, small-scale dance work. There’s also the Contemporary Arts Research Seminars which are free to anyone wishing to engage in discussion around contemporary arts practice, so we hope that you will join us at one of these events this season, as well as an ample programme of Music and Visual Arts in our other sister venues across the University Campus.

Booking information is our dedicated website for show and venue information, as well as links to buy tickets and to join our free email list for special offers and ShowRoom news. You can also book tickets at Chichester Festival Theatre or Tel: 01243 781312. Advance tickets are available until 5.30pm on the day of the performance. We recommend that you book in advance, although tickets are often available at the ShowRoom from 45 minutes before the performance. Payment for these tickets is by cash or cheque only. Concessions and discounts are available to Students, Over 60’s, those in receipt of JSA/Income Support, customers with disabilities, Equity and MU members, University of Chichester staff and anyone aged 24 or under. Please provide proof of concession when you arrive at the ShowRoom. Groups of 10 or more get 1 free ticket for every 10 booked.

Chichester Festival Theatre The ShowRoom and CFT are working together to bring the best dance to West Sussex. For a full list of events and to sign up to CFT’s free e-newsletter go to

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Little Bulb Theatre Operation Greenfield. An exploration of music, faith and friendship Thu 6 Oct 7.30pm

Full £10 | Conc £6 | Schools & Colleges £5 | Age 11+

Somewhere in middle England four unlikely teenagers are preparing for judgement day with ladders, Elvis and Forest Fruits squash - Stokely’s annual talent competition is nigh. With a stage full of instruments and an eclectic mix of recorded music, Little Bulb Theatre capture the confusing, awkward and beautifully naïve time of adolescence. The time when the once simple beliefs you held dear need re-adjusting to face the complexities of adulthood. “Recklessly talented ... insanely brave” ***** Lyn Gardner, The Guardian. “Abundant sparks of originality and moments when the audience were left beaming” ***** Fringe Review.


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Photo credit: Karl Fredricksson

Beady Eye Bull Baby Balls Thu 20 Oct 7.30pm

Full £4 | Conc £3 | Schools & Colleges £3 | Age 14+

What happens in a second? A child smiles, an idea orgasms, a popcorn pops, a sperm penetrates, a bull stands in the sun, a gun fires ... We have at least 25 arms. Using 70s cinefilm footage of babies playing naked in the garden, stop motion animation, an experimental Wendy house, cooking and Shiva, this is the beginning of a trip into the depths of a second. Beady Eye have been working in the studio at Chichester as part of their development of the piece. Tonight’s sharing will bring together these ideas before the show tours in spring/autumn 2012. Ideas that are being explored in the piece include baby and bull movement, childhood and memory, and what happens when we become aware of each instant. Bull Baby Balls is being developed through a Puppet Centre Trust Residency at Farnham Maltings and an Incubate Residency at Little Angel and CSSD, with support from Theatre Royal Margate. Praise for Beady Eye’s last show Everything Must Go: “Full of delicious moments of invention” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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Stacy Makishi The Making of Bull: The True Story Thu 24 Nov 7.30pm

Full £10 | Conc £6 | Schools & Colleges £5 | Age 14+

‘Let’s get this straight folks, Bull: The True Story was a pack of lies!’ ‘Bull: The True Story was a cover up, it was a performance set up to upstage the truth.’ The Making of Bull: The True Story unravels mysteries … including the mysteries of why we make art and how our art makes us. It questions what’s real and what’s fake. Inspired by the film Fargo, which proclaims in its prologue, ‘This is a true story’, Stacy Makishi finally comes out and tells the whole truth as she brings forth an elliptical tale trying hard not to tell itself. Just what is she hiding? You’ll have to see it to believe it. Here lies a true story about lies, Fargo, maps, donut holes, murder, secrets, kidnaps and how to get lucky. It’s a tall tale and a love story that goes anywhere but straight. Part mystery, part satire, part How to Make A Performance … it’s about partings and the absence that defines us. The Making of Bull: The True Story is a fusion of physical theatre, music, film and text. The stage is a battleground between truth and lies; what’s spoken and what’s omitted; what’s fiction and what is documentary. “Stacy Makishi combines poetic narrative, movement and a bone-dry humour. Makishi delivers a powerful narrative which cooks the theme of culinary colonialism in a sauce of health-hazard imagery” The Independent 06

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Photography: James Rowbotham

MILK presents Work in progress Wed 20 Nov 7.30pm

Full £4 | Conc £3 | Schools & Colleges £3 | Age 14+

The neo-cabaret-tandem-riding-jack-of-all-theatre-trades Milk Presents stage a selection of ideas for their new show. Returning from their successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe they offer a taste of their latest work. Sharing their curiosity of gender roles in common stories through analogue contraptions, this is recycled theatre with anarchic storytelling at its heart. “Amidst all their madcap capers, they really do tell the story, and tell it rather well”

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Silversmith Dance Theatre Thou Shalt Thu 13 Oct 8.00pm Venue: DS1

Full £10 | Conc £6 | Schools & Colleges £5 | Age 16+

Thou Shalt is an exploration into the complex lives of Puritan colonial women, a time when religion suppressed self expression. The piece examines themes of identity, struggle and paranoia through a fusion of expressive movement, historical costume and live music creating an atmospheric and emotive performance. “In all departments it was impressively artful” Donald Hutera (Resolution! 2011 Reviewer, The Times Dance Critic) Silversmith Dance Theatre, run by artistic director and choreographer Lorraine Smith, is dedicated to exploring personal and fictional narratives through collaboration, to create accessible live theatrical performances that engage the audience with intriguing characters, stories and environments.


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Formation Series development | collaboration | partnership research | engagement | dialogue We strive to support and develop a safe environment where creativity can flourish, ideas can be challenges and new work can be made. Working with artists and companies whose arts practice is innovative and exploratory in form we hope to support a programme of extraordinary work which questions and develops arts practice in the 21st century as well as presenting opportunities for audiences to experience new work at every stage of its development. The Formation Series gives artists the space and resources so that they can try out ideas as part of their development of new work. Audiences are invited to take part by giving feedback, which will support artists as part of this process.

Call out to artists ... At the ShowRoom we are developing our on-going programme of supporting artist and companies to make new work that is dynamic and innovative within a contemporary genre. The Formation Series which is a flexible platform for new and experienced artists who are looking to expand or reflect upon their practice through the development of a new idea. If you are interested in hearing more and receiving details about how you can put forward a proposal please forward your contact details to and title your email CALL OUT TO ARTISTS or visit our website

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Contemporary arts research seminars 2011 To join our mailing list, and for enquiries regarding these or upcoming staff/student research presentations planned for 2011, please email the Arts Research Administrator:

Chris McHugh: Los(t) Anghel-ease Visual Art: Paintings Wed 19 Oct 12-1pm

Venue: Bishop Otter Campus: Room LO3 | Free admission

These angel things are a bit of an anomaly. I’ve been making them for years, as missives, and shadows ... but never before as an exhibition ... and I’m not sure they’re too mad about the idea now. And why angels? - it’s to do with the intangible, the ineffable. Angels offer an image for essence, and for change; they're elementals, portents, orisons, harbingers; they are of us, of materiality ... and yet of otherness. They can, by turns, be importunate and taciturn, mischievous and solicitous, resplendent visions and unconsidered trifles - that unexpected shiver, that flicker on the edge of vision ...

Christy Adair: African Contemporary Dance: current developments, challenges and visions Dance Wed 2 Nov 12-1pm

Venue: Bishop Otter Campus: Room LO3 | Free admission

Western perspectives of dance in Africa frequently focus on spectacle and ritual. The newly emerging art form of contemporary dance in East Africa challenges such perceptions. This paper considers the limited training opportunities for artists and the focus of some of their choreographic work. Many artists in the region are driven by a desire to make work which is politically motivated, exploring themes such as female genital mutilation. These choreographers have to negotiate the tension between the need for western financial and artistic support and marginalisation by the western canon. The work also draws on a strong dance tradition in which dance practice has been embedded in communities but often read as spectacle by western audiences. I argue that contemporary dance from Africa offers an important contribution to the art form and the potential to re-consider dance practice in a global context.

Marisa Zanotti: Passing Strange and Wonderful Dance & Film Wed 16 Nov 12-1pm

Venue: Bishop Otter Campus: Room LO3 | Free admission

Marisa Zanotti screens excerpts of her new film of choreographer Ben Wright’s duet, and reflects on the research process in the project so far.


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From Search Party’s, Growing Old with You Formations 2010 Photography: Robert Edwards

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Every February Chichester Festival Theatre announces its world famous Festival of theatre which typically runs from April to October. Each summer a musical beats at the heart of the Festival, surrounded by world premieres as well as brand-new productions of classic dramas and comedies, all of the highest quality. Three of the eleven Festival 2010 productions went on to have lives beyond Chichester, touring nationally or transferring to the West End including Yes, Prime Minister and Love Story. Festival 2011 is now taking shape. Join our free email list at to be kept completely up to date with news and updates. As well as the annual Festival, we offer the best touring drama, music, opera, comedy and children’s theatre during the autumn and winter months.


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How to find us Where we are The ShowRoom is next door to the Performing Arts & Dance Studios building on the Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, University of Chichester, PO19 6PE. By foot‌ a 15 minute walk from the centre of Chichester By car‌ from the A286 follow signs for the University of Chichester. Free parking on campus after 6pm I By train... Regular services from London Victoria / Waterloo and the south coast. The ShowRoom & University Campus is one mile or a 20 minute walk from the train station. See for timetable information I I

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Events Diary October Thu 6 Thu 13 Wed 19 Thu 20

Little Bulb Theatre: Operation Greenfield (Theatre) Silversmith Dance Theatre: Thou Shalt (Dance) Chris McHugh: Los(t) Anghel-ease (Visual Art Seminar) Beady Eye: Bull Baby Balls (Theatre & Performance)


Cover image: Little Bulb Theatre, Operation Greenfield.

Wed 2 Christy Adair: African Contemporary Dance: Current developments, challenges and visions (Dance Seminar) Wed 16 Marisa Zanotti: Passing Strange and Wonderful (Dance & Film Seminar) Thu 24 Stacy Makishi: The Making Of Bull, The True Story (Theatre & Performance) Wed 30 MILK presents: Work in progress (Theatre)

Keep in touch: Join our free mailing list, Email Chichester Festival Theatre Box Office: On-line 24 hours or Tel: 01243 781312 (advance tickets available until 5.30pm on day of performance) Box Office at the ShowRoom: From 45 mins before performance

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