We were thrilled to be invited by Headlong to be a part of Signal Fires, We planned a bonfire, we planned to explore stories of hope & reflections. We were excited, and then the second lockdown happened.
We took a moment and decided we would still try and explore something, something that we could just use the resources we had at home. We used our mobile phones, devised/wrote & rehearsed on zoom over a combination of 2-3 days. We decided lets just try and make something even if its just an exploration of an idea.
So we created these characters, 4 people living in the same apartment/street. Each just getting by, coping with the day to day, finding ways to stay connected with each other even when "The light's have gone out'.
We hope you enjoy this short film, thank you to our wonderful Beyond Ensemble artist's for being patient with the constant changes and the willingness to still make work in times of darkness.
We hope you enjoy and & join us in our request at the end of the fim.
Performers and writers in order of stories
Directed & Edited by
Helen Bovey (Also stars as Sue)
In these films artists discuss what they value the most, what they hold close to their hearts, what that want to hold onto and preserve where ever they are in the world, where they feel at home the most, where they feel like they belong and what it is really like living in Plymouth.
A Good Neighbour.
The films were from a project developed in response to the ‘A Good Neighbour’ billboards for Atlantic Project exhibited in 2017. In spring 2018 working with the Horizon Project Beyond Face developed original scripts and performance and Fotonow captured these as short film pieces. Additionally members of Fotonow’s refugee photography group made responses in image and film.
Taking up Space
As part of Plymouth Art Weekender 2018, we made this film of dancers taking up space in locations around Plymouth that you wouldn't normally associate us in. The were shown on the Big Screen, Theatre Royal and Barbican Theatre. As well as a photography exhibition in Rumpus Cosy.