Conor Clarke one-third of Blasted Fiction, writes this weeks Forge blog (the final one in the series). Read on to discover how Blasted Fiction have been able to utilise naivety to great effect and what exactly inspired them to create their piece, On Air, which will be performed in The Lab this evening at 8pm.
As recent Theatre and Performance graduates from Plymouth University, we believe that we are blessed with a certain naivety. We are unwilling to define our particular style of performance just as much as we are unsure where our careers with Blasted Fiction will take us. But we don’t see this as a disadvantage. On the contrary, we feel it is exciting. Uncertainty in the rehearsal room enables us to experiment with mostly every aspect of creating and devising theatre (as one might traditionally view it) without fear. As a result of this experimentation, we have created On Air, and hopefully our enthusiasm and playful attitude shines through in our performance. We are honoured to be sharing On Air as part of the Forge programme at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
We are inspired by deconstructive techniques of creating theatre, and as such we are aware that our work might not always be as easily digestible as other forms. We enjoy exploring narrative in our work, however, we are much more interested in scenarios and situations where we are able to interrogate our themes in interesting ways.
Through On Air, in which we assume the roles of radio hosts on a flailing show, we ask questions about censorship and what can be said in the public eye. A few years ago a certain pair of comedians made the headlines with a broadcast on Radio 2 which was later deemed crude and offensive. One then resigned, whilst the other was suspended. Whilst we are working on a much (much!) smaller scale, we believe that interrogating our own ethics of what we can and can’t say whilst on a stage is essential in developing a performance agenda to inform our work. This of course invited various taboos and controversies into the rehearsal room whilst we were developing this piece. We hope that we, unlike Brand and Ross, haven’t overstepped the line.
Through our work, we do not wish to give you the answer; we believe that the contemporary audience is more than capable of making up their own minds on the issues that our work might raise. So rather, we aim to pose questions in the hope that we can leave an audience thinking.
We hope you enjoy,
Conor Clarke – The tall guy from Blasted Fiction
(Edited by Brantley Rogers – The short guy from Blasted Fiction)
(Re-edited by Leah Dungay – The girl from Blasted Fiction)
Book now to see On Air by Blasted Fiction tonight in The Lab at 8pm.