Story telling is the first literacy and still the most powerful.

Story telling by a person reaching out to other persons is the most basic and fundamental form of story telling art. Over many centuries this became emboldened with theatre, literature, advertising, film and video, radio and even business practices and political promotions. Trinculo, the character adapted from Shakespeare's original character from "The Tempest", now given form by Joe Woodward, is bringing back the focus on the story telling while still incorporating the theatre elements. SO, when you come to Smiths Alternative to see "Metamorphosis", you will see a completely unique show. Should there be follow-up performances, they will be slightly different interpretations of the same story.

Jolene Mifsud AKA InkBits will be finding the metamorphosis in contemporary and personal settings as will Sophia Marzano. Expect something very different in the National Capital's theatre scene!

Surrealist supplement in Story Telling hybrid

Paradoxically, a new surrealist mode of expression will be used to counter the literal meaning of the spoken word and through a kind of calculated distortion will actually attempt to focus on key experience that is just as valid as any delivery of linear exposition. In other words, image and sound and the use of juxtaposition and vocal inflections will be part of the story telling.

Phantom Gravity Performances

Shadow House PITS has coined the phrase "Phantom Gravity" to encapsulate its presentations; mixing the terms "phantom power" and the concept of "gravitation" to suggest that attraction to mostly unknown or unconscious pulls to which individuals, societies and cultures are compelled. In attending one of or our "Phantom Gavity" presentations, audiences can be assured of some form of disturbance in the emotional gravitation of daily life and perception. While theatre has this power, it is in fact rarely used.

So welcome to the world of Artaud, Kafka, surrealism, absurd theatre, story telling, fun times on razor blades and time to talk and reboot ...

Phantom Gravity 1 takes place at Smith's Alternative on Tuesday 22 September at 6.00pm.

All tickets are $20 and numbers are very limited due to COVID19.



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As a creator or participant of theatre have you ever been in the presence of the Slightly Death?

Wolfgang Grasse (1930-2008) created art works that featured a very slightly Death drawn from his experience of having been in Dresdon as a child when it was destroyed by allied bombing during world war two and later when he was a prisoner for eight years in a Russian Gulag in Poland. His works featured what he termed "Fantastic Realism" that used very deliberate symbols and departed from the original surrealism of automatism while still creating distorted forms associated with Surrealist art. His work is wonderous and regularly visited by the thin and very slight death figures juxtaposed with the images similar to those strange creatures of Hieronymus Bosch. But it is the artist himself who was guided by the Slightly Death in virtually everything he did. And here lies the beautiful muse of a kind of spiritual world that can inhabit artistic creation in all of us.

interview with Grässe broadcast on Australian television

We see in his painting "Dresdon 1945 Self Portrait" (painted in 1992) the slightly Death figure acting as a dark muse. This image is well worth pondering.

So what scares you? What are you ashamed of? What is embarrassing? I suggest it is worth allowing that Slightly Death muse into your psyche and allow its disturbing form to guide your creative spirit. Grasse was a painter. But his reflections and motivations cover all arts. Theatre just needs to wake up to the haunting and allow its dreamlike phantoms to help invest in one's own talent and creative output.



Life is fluid. In spite of many beliefs about the nature of our existence, nothing is certain. NOTHING! Fixed beliefs, as discussed in our previous blog, only put a straitjacket around our experience. If you think about it, theatre with its inherent ephemeral quality provides the ideal mechanism for creating social understandings and opening the doorways and windows to new visions. Yet too often it adopts very fixed processes to create a locked universe in a production that reduces the greatest asset the theatre possesses. These Shadow House PITS Write blogs, videos or articles are attempting to address the thinking and processes necessary to rectify this situation.

I recently read "Creating Character ARCS: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot and Character Development" by K.M. Weiland. While I found the work to be an excellent masterclass in plotting a novel or play or screenplay, I realized that Weiland's processes and analysis were just as applicable to one's own life as they were to the characters in the novel or play or screenplay. You could read the book without having any interest in writing a novel and still gain insight into your own life and life's structure. So what does this say about art, literature and reading this newsletter right now?

Liminality, Negative Capability, PO and the Cockroach

Over recent years three constant concepts along with the "cockroach" metaphor have indicated and defined the angle or perspectives from which theatre processes might be understood and propagated. This video vlog deals with Liminality. Previous or future blogs and vlogs will deal in some depth with "Negative Capability" and Edward de Bono's "PO" or "provocation operation".

Essentially, I hope these articles might have value for you in a personal way, just as K.M. Weiland's book had on me. The relationship between the work and the personal is paramount in all we can do.

Best wishes

Joe W

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