Fish & Game
‘…a bittersweet fairytale that will haunt you for days’ – The Guardian ★★★★
Alma Mater – The Project
Fish & Game presented their smash hit filmic journey for one, Alma Mater, after a sell-out run and unanimous critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Programmed for Made in Scotland 2011 (as supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund), Alma Mater is “the world’s first piece of iPad theatre” (The Independent) and mixes high-performance technology with Fish and Game’s trademark lo-fi charm. Individual audience members enter a specially constructed, full-scale child’s bedroom to immerse themselves – via iPad – in the world of a little girl, in this handheld, 21st century fairytale, a haunting meditation on family, familiarity and growing-up.
Alma Mater sold out its entire Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, with extended opening hours during the final week to meet demand and was warmly received by audiences as well as critics:
‘It all leaves a punch in the pit of your stomach- brilliant’ – Edinburgh Fringe 2011 audience member
Alma Mater was also curated for the Meat Market (Melbourne), as part of the Arts House new live art programme from April 6 to May 13 2012.
‘…elicits a pleasurable tingle of unease… wonderfully strange and suggestive’ – The Sunday Times ★★★★
ALMA MATER – THE Company
Devised and Directed by Eilidh MacAskill and Robert Walton. Original score: John De Simone, with experimental octet Ensemble Thing (conducted by Colin Broom). Cinematography from award-winner Anna Chaney (Choreomania, Best Student Film Celtic Media Festival). Cast: Albie Gaizely-Gardiner, Gary Gardiner, Lucy Gaizely, Lyla Gaizely-Gardiner, Raedie Gaizely-Gardiner, Becki Gerrard, Thom Scullion. Production: Gerard Lohan, Ben Vale, Jodie Wilkinson, Kevin Wratten. Post Production: Gavin Rizza.
‘a weird but wonderful site-specific installation… a touching modern fairytale about childhood and family’ – The Telegraph ★★★★
Setting – takes place within specially constructed wooden performance “pod”. Using the supplied iPads participants engage with the filmic action as it unfolds in front of them. Fish and Game can provide two ready-made pods to be erected side by side or in different rooms. Minimum clear floor space of 3.5m x 4m per pod with 3.5m height clearance, which can be installed in any indoor space – detailed designs available on request.
ABOUT FISH AND GAME
Fish & Game is a performance partnership with bases in the UK (Glasgow) and Australia (Melbourne) creating entertaining and experimental work that straddles theatre and live art. As nominated in The List magazine as amongst the top 100 cultural champions in Scotland 2011, the artistic directors, Eilidh MacAskill and Robert Walton, create new work in response to the world around them in a complex diversity of forms and contexts. Fish & Game aim:
– To produce original and innovative performance works for a range of settings and audiences that entertain, challenge and make timely comments on the world around us;
– To champion the development of new performances as an integral part of cultural life and the creative industries;
– To maintain and strengthen links with student and young practioners in the field of contemporary performance.
Over the last 11 years Fish and Game have created more than 40 original works that have explored a fascination with performance, nature, ritual and play. Playing for a wide variety of venues, nationally and internationally, the work is interdisciplinary and spans theatre, new media, visual art, music, dance and comedy.
ALMA MATER and EDUCATION
Fish and Game is dedicated to inspiring new, and established, performance art creatives, and offer a range of education and outreach events. Eilidh MacAskill and Robert Walton have a background in teaching Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the company offers two hour or day-long workshops in this field. Pre- and Post- performance talks on the company’s working methodologies and histories are available (for invited guests, students, members of the public), with bespoke film-making and performance short-courses (specializing in devising and collaborative work) also available on request.