This summer, The Marlborough and Pink Fringe are delighted to open up our theatre space for a series of residencies with artists working across contemporary practices from up and down the UK. We asked our temporary tenants what they’ll be working on at the Marlborough…
Rosana Cade & Eilidh MacAskill
Rosana and Eilidh will be based at the Marlborough for 2 months developing their respective and collaborative projects.
In 2013 I presented Walking:Holding as part of Forest Fringe and was invited to take part in a discussion around the question: ‘When is presence a form of protest?’ In response to this, I asked myself the question: How can my presence always be a form of protest? To what level can my body become a site for queer transgression? How can a public performance practice disrupt hegemonic structures which dominate public space?
Working with this enquiry, I am experimenting with bodily transformations and performance actions or interventions in public.
I am also working in collaboration with Eilidh MacAskill to develop some new queer cabaret work for various contexts, and to research into performance work for young people exploring gender and sexuality in preparation for our DIY workshop.
Rosana Cade is a queer artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. She is touring Walking:Holding and Sister across the UK and Europe this year. She is currently artist in residence with Pink Fringe at the Marlborough Theatre in Brighton, and a recipient of the Artsadmin artist bursary 2014-15. She is also co-founder of BUZZCUT.
Eilidh will spend the summer working on a number of projects, including Imaginate funded research project GENDERSAURUS REX, which will explore gender, feminism, sexuality, queerness and difference and how these areas intersect with the field of live performance for children.
It will be informed by academic theory; books and thinkers; practice-based experiments; lived experiences; surveys of current performance practice; and discussions with artists, children, policy makers, educators, audiences and parents in Scotland and beyond.
Eilidh will also be working on her new show STUD, about penis envy, masculinity, horses and DIY in preparation for Forest Fringe this August, as well as her queer cabaret collaborations with Rosana Cade.
Week Long Residencies
Development of new show, Hair Peace
When Victoria competed in beauty pageants for a previous show a hairdresser advised she wear hair extensions. Freaked out by wearing a piece of somebody else’s body she embarked on an extraordinary adventure to find whose hair this was. Victoria’s boundless curiosity takes an audience on a serendipitous journey around a world in miniature. There’s a baddie, a Russian fortune teller, an unbelievably expensive wedding, a Celebrity Big Brother contestant, forensic crime scene investigations and hair, lots of hair. The outcome is a true story about the search for three strangers from distant lands connected by DNA.
Work on None of Us Is Yet a Robot project, currently developing Rituals for Change
Emma has spent a number of weeks in residence over 2015, working as None of Us Is Yet a Robot, a project exploring identity and the politics of transition. Of late she has been focusing on Rituals for Change, another show headed to Forest Fringe in August, about notions of change. She has been collaborating with designer Myriddin Wannell and Summer Resident Eilidh MacAskill as outside eye. @
Made In China
Development of Tonight I’m Gonna Be The New Me
Ahead of their Forest Fringe performances, Made In China have spent time working on their new show in the theatre.
Tonight I’m Gonna Be The New Me is an arresting encounter between audience and enigmatic solo performer. Unfolding across a wasteland of performance, it pierces the bloody heart of our obsession with story. What lengths will the performer go to in order to validate her experience? How can she measure up to the other girls? And who, ultimately, is she doing it for?
Visceral, exhilarating, and just a little bit seedy, Tonight I’m Gonna Be The New Me is Made In China’s strikingly unusual foray into a familiar world: one that sparkles on the outside while it rots from within.
Development on ARtFUnSHACK
Following a Pink Fringe, Ovalhouse and Theatre in the Mill co-commission in 2014, video artist Evan Ifekoya has been developing ARtFUnSHACK ahead of a showing of the work in July at The Marlborough in a double bill with None of Us Is Yet a Robot.
ARtFUnSHACK is a fast moving and interactive art show hosted by Evan. Expect eye-catching visuals and tips for making fun stuff out of rubbish.
Evan can’t always maintain the role and sometimes slips up. By weaving together video, performance and the words of queer heroes, tales of a queer reality seep through.
Christopher Brett Bailey
Development of new show
You may remember demand for Chris’ show This Is How We Die at The Marlborough last autumn was so high we had to add an extra show, both of which he performed to sell out audiences. We are very excited to welcome Chris back to begin development on this new show, which he told us about, in his own words….
WELL, the “”piece”” is vague at the moment and I wouldn’t want to pin much to the mast; it’s bad juju to tell people about stuff before you’ve done it, especially with a work ethic as catpiss poor as mine. so, with a piss soaked hand, under the cloak of secrecy, I’ll be reaching into my subconscious to pull out whatever garbage is in there. It’ll likely be a hunk of fiction and I hope it’ll be appropriate for the stage, have been thinking a bit about eating disorders and private detectives and euthanasia recently, and how old jokes don’t tell us how people used to think, only how funny people used to think. Currently sitting across from three old dudes, one is saying how a thirsty engine is “20 to the gallon, 241 breaks, 140 rpm” and how that really shows us “how far we’ve come”. I don’t know what he means and i am trying to be okay with that feeling. Now I am at home and it’s later and i barely remember sitting across from those old todgers. There’s an argument for writing shit down right there. or maybe an argument for the exact opposite.
It’s great to be back in the Marlborough! This was the first theatre I worked in when I moved to Brighton 14 years ago, and it’s amazing to see how it has grown over the years. Now more than just a space, the Marly team is supporting artists to make work and putting together excellent performance programmes — both very welcome in Brighton. I’m working on my new show ‘We This Way’, an interactive performance-game bound for Summerhall in Edinburgh this August and around England in the autumn… including a stop back in the Marlborough in November. I’m really looking forward to performing here! But for now, back to rehearsals…