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Gobbledegook Theatre

Gobbledegook Theatre present

Cloudscapes
A duologue for performer and clouds

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CLOUDSCAPES Gobbledegook Theatre

CLOUDSCAPES is a duologue for
performer and clouds set in an outdoor
auditorium — a cloud-gazing area.
Audiences are encouraged to look up and
contemplate the mutability of clouds, as
well as the mutability of humanity, guided
by performer and creator Lorna Rees.
Audiences of up to 60 people lie back on
giant beanbags for the 45-minute show, while
Rees sits up high on a lifeguard chair talking
about cloud formation and the clouds visible
at the time, interspersed with stories of her
own relationship with the troposphere and of
the journey of a lifetime with her father.

Even the most seemingly featureless skies provide


plentiful material.

Cloudscapes is a very personal, human scale


work about clouds, with a focus on the role of
clouds in climate change.

After the performance, audience members


are invited to visit the Cloud Museum
housed in a vintage horse trailer, and
speak with the artists about the work.

Gobbledegook Theatre, renowned for creating


innovative, cross-artform work for unusual
places, made Cloudscapes in collaboration with
artist Heidi Steller (heidisteller.co.uk), with
dramaturgical support from author John Grindrod
(writer of Concretopia and Outskirts) and
Dr Zöe Svendsen. Several leading meteorologists
and scientists involved in the study of climate
change were consulted about the piece.

Cloudscapes premiered at Inside Out Dorset


festival in September 2016 on the dramatic
coastal site of Hengistbury Head. In 2018
Cloudscapes was performed for international
festival programmers at Brighton Festival’s
biennial Caravan — a showcase of some of
England’s brightest performance companies.

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WHAT AUDIENCES SAY WHERE CAN CLOUDSCAPES BE PERFORMED?


Cloudscapes can be performed on
ACCESS
A touch tour of the set and Cloud Museum
grass, sand dunes or an area of hard can be provided for visually impaired
standing, provided that there is a audience members before the performance
“What a lovely 45 minutes of “I’m blown away by your relatively level area to pitch up on. (on request). Although Cloudscapes is
calm, clouds and contentment!” cloudscapes. Touching, honest and The ideal site is a place of relative
about gazing at the sky, the text is very
descriptive of cloud forms and types, which
Lakes Alive Festival thought provoking. Thank you.” quiet, away from the busiest part of the makes it suitable for performance without
festival or amplified sound sources. the need for additional audio description.
Inside Out Dorset The site-sensitive piece works very well
“Mindful moments of being in the in a coastal location or an urban park, but Lorna is very happy to wear a radio aid
it has even been performed in a car park. for hearing impaired audience members
clouds; close your eyes and open “So I had a little sleep if supplied. Although some moments
Multiple performances per day can be
them and it’s all changed! Restful and a little cry, and a sense of arranged. A 30-minute reset (minimum)
are improvised, a full text of the work is
available if presenting festivals would like
and beautiful and nourishing.” thankfulness. Brilliant is required between performances. to organise a signed performance. We tour
with a set of five folding chairs for audience
Brighton Festival
open-hearted 45 minutes.” AUDIO-ONLY OPTION members who find it hard to reach floor
Inside Out Dorset level in order to lay down on beanbags.
Gobbledegook have created an audio-only
“I drifted away just like the clouds option for noisier festival sites and busier Gobbledegook are committed to
and realised its all going to change “Thanks for bringing my urban spaces that might struggle to accom-
modate the full performance work.
being flexible and accommodating
for those with additional needs.
and you really never know what’s sky-obsessed father so close
A pre-recorded sound-art piece based on the
literally round the corner.” today. It was so beautiful and text and themes of Cloudscapes is experienced EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
by up to 30 audience members at any time
The Point, Eastleigh
he would have loved it.” via headphones. This allows for a turnover
Gobbledegook have a strong track record
in delivering workshops to school groups.
Lakes Alive Festival of audience and means the installation can We can devise cloud-related workshops
play throughout a 4-5 hour period. Cloud to fit your festival programmes.
experts will be on hand during the installation
period to help audiences, ensure they are
comfortable whilst gazing and to engage
in conversations in the Cloud Museum.

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Technical Specification
WHAT WE BRING
• 32 giant beanbags
• Blankets and sunglasses for the audience’s comfort
• Rope and pin for grass or hard standing areas (if required)
• A tall lifeguard chair
• A vintage horse trailer (260cm high, 230cm wide
and 475cm long)
• A medium wheel base high-top transit van (to tow the trailer)
Both vehicles must be able to access the site, although we
can park the van elsewhere during performances.
High-clearance in car parks is necessary for the horse trailer.
We are extremely happy to present the work in countries
that are not accessible from the UK by van. There are several
possible options, including the purchase of beanbags by
presenting festivals / venues, and the air-freight of the
folding lifeguard chair and a small number of props.

SETTING UP
Cloudscapes tours with two people on the road. Both
members of the team act as technicians and set the space.
Set up, and get out, takes approximately one hour.
We lay out a circle (with rope and pin) with a circumference
of 50 square metres (around 16m in diameter).
This will need to incorporate the horse trailer. Both
audience and performance fit within this circle.

WHAT WE REQUIRE FROM A PRESENTING FESTIVAL / VENUE


The company aim to be technically self-sufficient. However, we
ask for support getting into the performance space (including
help manoeuvring the horse trailer at less accessible sites).
We don’t need dressing rooms or power or water, but a
safe place to park the trailer and van overnight is required.
The trailer can remain in situ if security is provided.
A festival steward will be required at the site entrance — under
the direction of the Cloudscapes team — to manage audience
capacity (and box office if the event is to be ticketed).

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GOBBLEDEGOOK THEATRE
With theatre at its core, Gobbledegook’s live performance, music and installation
work is frequently inspired by Earth Sciences and almost always takes place outdoors.
Gobbledegook Theatre are Artists in Residence for The Jurassic Coast Trust World
Heritage Site and Associate Artists for Inside Out Dorset and Lighthouse Poole.

CONTACT
For booking enquiries For press or media @thegobbledegook
please contact enquiries please contact
@gobbledegooktheatre
Kate McStraw (Producer) Lorna Rees (Artistic Director)
07792 377106 07815 756946 www.gobbledegooktheatre.com
katemcstraw@hotmail.co.uk lornarees@gmail.com gobbledegooktheatre.blogspot.com

Commissioned by Activate for Inside Out Dorset Festival, with funding


from Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
With thanks to The Point, Eastleigh and 101 Creation Space.

Photography by Brendan Buesnel, Chris Rees, Tony Gill and Rob Amey.

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