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Produced in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and Arts Council England, Performance Live will showcase on BBC Two a spectrum of some of the most exciting artists working in performance today. This two-year series of programmes features the works of over a dozen artists, producers and arts organisations from across England, who have embraced the challenge of producing innovative pieces of live performance for television.Programmes commissioned will embrace a range of contemporary art forms: theatre, dance, comedy, spoken-word, live-art and everything in between, as the result of a unique process to embed digital and television production skills at a grassroots level. Artists, producers and art organisations will be tooled up to make art in a new medium for new and larger audiences. Through exploring the middle ground between live performance and television, this series will challenge audience perceptions around what live performance can be.
A 60-minute film exploring neuro-diversity in the arts through the work of Samuel Beckett from disabled performer Jess Thom's personal perspective. Jess is an artist and activist who also has Tourette's Syndrome. In this film, Jess takes us on a funny and unpredictable journey of discovery into one of Beckett's most complex plays,and asks us to radically reconsider issues of disability, representation and social exclusion as she prepares to perform the role of Mouth in Not I, in front of a live theatre audience.
A surprising journey through Middlesbrough, in and out of the cabs of three very different drivers - a young British-Pakistani entrepreneur who believes that immigrants have always been enterprising by nature, a local man who used to work in construction on towering glass buildings down south and an older seasoned driver who is in love with his job... until the day he falls out of it. Their stories uncover what lies beneath the surface of a post-industrial northern town and unfold into a state-of-the-nation tale.
The show stars three local taxi drivers from Middlesbrough and features a supporting cast of Tees Valley locals - all of whom are non-actors. Taxi Tales is part of the Performance Live strand - a partnership between BBC Arts, Arts Council England and Battersea Arts Centre, showcasing some of the most exciting artists working in performance today.
Originally a piece of theatre set in cabs where the passengers were the audience, the show is written and presented by Middlesbrough taxi driver-turned-playwright/screenwriter Ishy Din, directed by Bafta-winner Ben Anthony and produced by Tamasha Theatre Company.
'For us the most exciting thing about being part of Performance Live is the groundbreaking nature of the two disciplines of theatre and television coming together to think about producing something in a new way - a TV show that goes beyond simple capture of theatrical performance and recreates and re-imagines it for the small screen. Taxi Tales delves under the surface of a city in the UK and dramatises it in a way that, we hope, will be fresh and revealing for TV audiences.' - Tamasha
Tamasha is Britain's leading touring theatre company producing critically-acclaimed plays that put diverse artists centre-stage. During their 30 year history successes like East Is East, Snookered and Made In India have won acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
Hofesh Shechter's Clowns is a dance film that plays out a macabre comedy of murder and desire, asking how far will we go in the name of entertainment. Directed, choreographed and composed by Hofesh Shechter, it combines bold, exhilarating and tribal movement by ten dancers with a percussive, cinematic score.
In his first feature film, National Theatre Artist in Residence, Alexander Zeldin has written and directed LOVE, which tells the story of families brought together and placed in temporary accommodation in the run up to Christmas.
Amongst them Colin, a middle aged man, and his elderly mother Barbara, relocated from their previous housing, and a young couple - Dean and Emma - preparing to welcome a new child into their family. LOVE is based on the play of the same name which opened at the National Theatre in December 2016 in a co-production with Birmingham Rep, before transferring to the Rep in 2017.
LOVE is produced by Cuba Pictures and is a co-production with the National Theatre for BBC Arts, BBC Films and Arts Council England. The Producer is Caroline Lawrence and the Executive Producers are Dixie Linder and Nick Marston for Cuba Pictures, Rufus Norris for the National Theatre, David Schwimmer, Emma Cahusac for BBC Arts, and Polly Stokes for BBC Films.
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