Now then! My name’s Rich Sutherland and I’m running the marketing for Omni-Science. I had the pleasure of collaborating with Brick by Brick during the original run of this show back in 2017, and I’m proper chuffed to see it return as an even bigger, brighter and bolder adventure with more funky tech than you can shake a Sonic Screwdriver at.
Hi there! You may have noticed that we have been spending the past week visiting some of Hull’s many fascinating Maritime attractions. Well, curious reader, allow me to reveal why!
We are happy to announce that we have embarked on our first Arts Council England support project, with funding also gratefully received from Hull City Arts and the Sir James Reckitt Charity.
This project is a collaboration with local theatre company Apus Productions, artist Andrew Ross and writer Joe Hakim. We are undergoing a research and development process with these awesome artists to start to create a brand new piece of street theatre based upon ‘Great Journeys Across the Sea’. We have been inspired by Hull’s fascinating Maritime history as well as epic tales and myths of journeys across the ocean and are the team are working together to create a spectacular street theatre epic!
We are also working with some exciting partners including Creative People and Places, who are working with us to help find audiences during our R&D stage as well as The Deep, helping aid and inspire our new piece of work and Scrapstore providing us with a place to play!
Keep up to date with our adventures on our website and our social media feeds to see what’s going on! We will be performing early scratch versions of what we create in the coming weeks so look out for opportunities to get involved with what we are up to!
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We are really excited to officially announce another member of the team for our show ‘Omni-Science’ performed as part of Assemble Fest this year. His name is Joe Hakim and, as we are sure you will agree, his photo proves that he is cooler than we could ever hope to be. Joe is joining as us writer and dramaturg for the show, making sure that our collection of crazy ideas come together to create a fantastic audience experience.
As a performance poet, Joe has performed at venues and festivals around the UK, including Latitude, Big Chill and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was co-host and organiser of Write to Speak, a series of spoken word events and workshops that took in place at Hull Truck Theatre from 2009 to 2013. In 2016 he toured and performed with LIFE, a Hull-based punk four-piece band, performing on the UK leg of the Slaves European tour. In January 2017 he travelled to Trinidad with The Roundhouse and Wrecking Ball Press as part of the Talking Doorsteps project, assisting in the delivery of workshops and helping to forge international links between spoken word organisations and projects. In addition to this, he is currently in the first year of a part-time MA in Creative Writing at Hull University, and works three days a week as a pawn-broker/Western Union agent. Joe has also recently been selected to write a short play about Hull as part of Paines Plough’s COME TO WHERE I’M FROM in association with Hull Truck Grow Festival this May. Look out for that!
We asked Joe what appealed to him about being part of this show:
"As a fan of transrealist sci-fi - which includes work by the likes of Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K Dick - I was immediately intrigued by the concept of the show. I was also really interested in the process by which Brick by Brick develops their work, an approach that's completely different to anything I've done before.
This means that I've had to move out of my comfort zone and embrace a whole new way of working, something I am always keen to do. Because theatre is such a collaborative medium, I'm really looking forward to getting out of my writing room, working as part of a team and watching the ideas develop, and all the twists and turns that await us on the journey to producing this show as part of Assemblefest.
And I'm also looking forward to making the audience freak-out!"
We are really excited to work with Joe on this show and absolutely cannot wait to present the our brand new show to you all on June 3rd. Tickets are available here. Go on, you know you want to!
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It's now been just over a month since Brick by Brick returned to the Berne Theatre Festival in Switzerland with our show Procrastinate. A whole month! We thought we would take this opportunity to reminisce. And share some of the great photos taken of Procrastinate during the festival!
We were welcomed in true Swiss fashion and treated like lords. None of us feel we deserved such a reception but the experience we had will remain unmatched for quite some time. I could write volumes on what we experienced, but I thought it would be more digestible to condense it into a Ten Commandment style format.
Ten things I learned at Bestival 17:
1. Berne is one of the most accommodating places in the world.
2. The Swiss have the best audiences to play to (N.B. if they want you to bow again they will NOT stop clapping until you do).
3. A laboured, drunken walk home at 7am wearing raccoon masks is an entirely normal endeavour.
4. In Berne, bikes are like pets. Or lovers.
5. The shops in Switzerland like to stick to strict closing times and on
a Sunday nobody works.
6. Raus auf sofa
7. The University of Berne has the most impressive collection of theatre design and architecture from antiquity to modern day that we have ever seen.
8. In the event of a nuclear holocaust, Switzerland has enough bunkers to house the entire population. But for now, we will use them for aftershow parties.
9. Their streetside vending machines carry anything from beef jerky to lighters to pregnancy tests.
10. You can fire a cannon loaded with gunpowder in a local park and no one bats an eyelid.*
*nobody was harmed in the firing of this cannon
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We are really excited to be one of seven companies that have been commissioned to create a new piece of work for Assemble Fest, a theatre festival that takes place on Newland Avenue in Hull on Saturday the 3rd of June.
The festival turns many of Newland Avenues businesses into theatre venues for one day and fills the street with all sorts of fun activities and characters. Basically, it’s awesome.
Assemble Fest is great because it thrives off of the creative use of unusual performance spaces and encourages the creation of work that allows audiences to engage with theatre in a new and unique way. We are humbled to be commissioned for the festival this year and aim to create a piece of theatre that compliments the unique and fresh style of the festival itself.
More details about our show will be revealed as it develops but I can say that it involves the use of some ambitious technology because we love to challenge ourselves.* Nothing beats that potent mixture of nerves and excitement before you start to develop a brand new show.
We hope that you are as excited for the festival as we are. Keep an eye out for more Assemble Fest related news including details of the sort of theatre we can expect to see on the day, we can’t wait to find out what’s in store.
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*cry a lot due to stress
Hello there and welcome to our brand new website!
We are really excited have all of our current and past work collated into one place. We also thought it would make sense to use this website for our blog now. Below is a link to our old blog, just in case anybody fancies a trip down memory lane.
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