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Tim Spencer

Over and Out

I write this lying in a hospital bed in Adelaide, city of churches and I have ArtsLab to thank for my current location. Its actually much better than it sounds. Since the final showing of ArtsLab in October, my work on ‘Words They Make with their Mouths’ has continued and I have brought it to […]


Words They Make With Their Mouths – The Season

Words They Make With Their Mouths – The Season

Words They Make with Their Mouths blurs the lines of identity and sometimes sanity as a single performer brings sixteen characters to life. Young people leave a pub, turn a corner, walk down a street and see their night take a very different direction. In the space of 100 metres their loves are requited, their fears confirmed and urges satisfied. Sometimes in that order. It presents young people’s stories, told from their own perspective but doesn’t let them get away with it. After all, they still have their youth.


Not neater, but more precise

The words ‘neater’ and ‘precise’ are very close in definition, but they are a world apart in what they mean for the end of my script. Having met the deadline for the first complete draft of the show yesterday, I woke up today feeling a little less satisfied than I would care to be. The […]


So you want to wear the curtains?

I have had an idea for a performance for a long time and it seems it has found a home in this piece. For the fantasy drag/mime interlude I am entertaining the idea of creating the costume from the set. The manky curtains become the train of the dress, and the dusty crochet rug becomes […]


Piaf is my pin up girl

I have an inkling about what song to use for my mime fantasy interlude. ‘La Foule’ by Edith Piaf is exactly the right tone, right language and it has a great build. I can kind of already see the action on stage as the lyrics are so theatrical. Also the story the song tells is […]


Hessian and Tutus

Now that I am staring down the barrel of a seven week production period for my performance, I am finding it more difficult to separate content, form and design.  I have been daydreaming at work for hours about how I want the design to look and what sort of effect this will have on the […]


Alistair

One of the new characters in the second section of my piece is Alistair. We have heard about him before but this is the first time we meet him.


Michael Mail

Receiving an email from Michael in Canadia made me feel like I was in Next Top Model getting our latest challenge. We love Michael Mail! *shrieks for 5 minutes* What Michael/Tyra wanted to know from us is what our ideas are and how we are going to use the next few weeks to realise them.