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2015

In conjunction with Krystian Godlewski, artistic director of body-based theatre company The Bones, we set up a series of body-focussed training workshops, available to performers and makers at cost. Details here.

3 Jan, 2015

***SOLD OUT*** ONE OF THE NICE ONES, Waterloo East, London
Free rehearsed reading following a research and development period of this new play by American playwright Erik Patterson. A Q&A followed, discussing the themes of the play – office politics, sexual manipulation, able-bodiedness. The playwright was present and the full production of this script will take place in LA in July 2016. Details of our reading here.

September 2014 – repeating event

SHAKESPEARE CLUB, London
FREE to theatre practitioners and led by director Vik Sivalingam (RSC, Almeida, Headlong). Inclusive text-based workshop. Details here.

31 Jul – 1 Aug 2014

***SOLD OUT*** TONSEISHA – THE MAN WHO ABANDONED THE WORLD @ TETE A TETE OPERA FESTIVAL, LONDON
A third work in progress showing of new Tonseisha material.  Details, photos and video here.

FEB 2014

ANTI-VALENTINE FESTIVAL
Across three Thursdays this month, curated evenings of heartwarming miscellany mixing comedy, performance, music and screenings. Anti-Valentine, Pro-LOVE; BGWMC. Details here.

3 Jan, 2014

ERIK PATTERSON SCRIPTATHON, London
Actors and makers were invited to read through selected scripts by American playwright Erik Patterson over the course of a day. This was a social event to bring artists together, a reading skills practice session, and a helpful research for rewrites for the author who was present.

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1 – 4 July, 2013

GROTOWSKI & MICHAEL CHEKHOV MOVEMENT WORKSHOP, London
An low cost artist development workshop led by Polish theatre practitioners Krystian Godlewski and Magda Tuka. Details here.

22 November 2012

SOMETHING SWING, BGWMC, London
The premiere of a screen project by associate artist Adrian Gillott plus a swing lesson for audiences. “In 2010 Christina Scheutz and I spent three weeks exploring the Swing Dance scene in London, with the help of Simon Selmon and members of the London Swing Dance Society.” Trailer here.
31 AUG – 1 SEPT 2012

TONSEISHA – THE MAN WHO ABANDONED THE WORLD @ ROUGH FOR OPERA, COCKPIT THEATRE, LONDON
A second work in progress showing of new Tonseisha material.  Details here.

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9 SEPT 2012

SAMANTHA MANN in TOKYO
Ms Samantha Mann performs at Cabaret De Fous in Tokyo!
Time Out Cabaret editor, Ben Walters described Samantha’s show as “peculiarly endearing”. Lovely!

31 AUG – 1 SEPT 2012

***SOLD OUT*** TONSEISHA – THE MAN WHO ABANDONED THE WORLD @ GRIMEBORN OPERA FESTIVAL, ARCOLA THEATRE, LONDON
A work in progress excerpt of Tonseisha at the festival. This production was possible via special permission from the Brautigan estate for Grimeborn, and with the kind support of playwright Erik Patterson.

4 – 25 AUG 2012

AN EVENING WITH SAMANTHA
Ms Samantha Mann leaves London and the safety of Bethnal Green to jostle at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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29 JUN – 1 JUL 2012

DINEFWR LITERATURE FESTIVAL
saltpeter took an extraordinary trilogy of Brautigan Book Club events to the very first Dinefwr Festival, West Wales. We performed an excerpt from our new opera Tonseisha with the wonderful Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) and Martin Carr  (Boo Radleys), and H.Hawkline. We published the first UK edition of Please Plant This Book, the last edition having been distributed in 1970 in America, planted a Brautigan garden, and hosted Brautigan’s daughter, the writer Ianthe Brautigan-Swensen who flew over from the USA. See photos and blog posts of the trip to Wales here.

22 – 26 MAY 2012

FROM THE JUNGLE: Telling stories of migration and home
saltpeter supports associate artist Anna Sulan Masing’s Phd performance piece.
Come to our space, our stage, our place of play and telling of stories. Read more here.

6 MAY 2012

***SOLD OUT *** SAMANTHA’S SUNDAY NIGHT SUPPER CLUB
Ms Samantha Mann is BACK! To celebrate International Workers Day Samantha presents her manifesto for a brighter future. Guest include Greg Wohead and clowns from Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris.

18 FEB 2012

***SOLD OUT *** AN ANTI-VALENTINE EVENING
The antidote to a saccharine celebration of romance and relations.
saltpeter presented David Mamet’s All Men Are Whores and the first UK sneak peek at Le Foulard, the second solo show from Paris-based artist, Lucy Hopkins, winner of the 2011 Prague Fringe Festival Inspiration Award. Read more here.

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30 JAN 2012

***SOLD OUT*** FROM THE JUNGLE .
Anna Sulan Masing presented an R&D reading of From The Jungle, a piece written and created as part of her Phd in post-colonial feminist theory and performance.
FTJ is in association with saltpeter and The Facility: research centre for creative practice for London Met University. Read more here.

25 JAN 2012

***SOLD OUT*** THE AMERICAN FOREVER, ETC.- A Library
Featuring new music by Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) and H.Hawkline, new work by Thom Tuck (Penny Dreadfuls) and Zoe Gardner (Congress of Oddities), curated by Nemonie Craven and Polly Frame.
Inspired by Richard Brautigan’s curious novel, The Abortion – An Historial Romance 1966, The American Forever, an interactive performance piece, marks the launch of year-long campaign, The Brautigan Book Club (BBC). Read more here.

DEC 3 2011

***SOLD OUT*** From Berlin, the UK premiere of Patric Schott’s DIADEM. World-class performers improvise to sound & visuals in a secret location. Details here.

3-16 SEPT 2011

FROM THE JUNGLE: Anna Sulan Masing’s research and development trip to Kuching, Borneo with an ensemble of performers. Workshops with resident dancers and teachers at the Sarawak Cultural Village and a site visit upriver to an Iban (tribal) longhouse. Visit the project website here.

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30-31 JUL 2011

***SOLD OUT*** ECCENTRIC DANCE WEEKEND A workshop with Joan & Barry Grantham.  Guests from multi-disciplinary backgrounds learn some history and routines from these music hall greats.

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3 JUL 2011

SELAMAT HARI GAWAI with Anna Sulan Masing. A work in progress showing of a devised performance piece incorporating dance, poetry and text.

19 JUN 2011

Samantha’s SUMMER SOLSTICE Sunday Night Supper Club featuring poet Francesca Beard, Ladyface, Tom Webb and Sam Sally. Details here.

DEC 2010 & BRIGHTON FRINGE MAY 2011

THE FEVER is an ongoing investigation inspired by Wallace Shawn’s THE FEVER. The play is fundamentally reimagined each time it is performed. Past performances:

  1. ***SOLD OUT*** A one man version in collaboration with theatre company Genesis West from Santa Barbara, June 2011. Performed in a private living room as a drinks party.
  2. Brighton Fringe, May 2011. A site-specific staging in a gallery, this was performed as a private view with an ensemble of 6.
  3.  ***SOLD OUT*** People Show, December 2010. A site-specific staging, this was a staffed banquet with black tie guests,food, wine and entertainment. Ensemble of 10. Read more about the project here.

28 OCT 2010

DO KILLER VAGINAS HAVE TEETH?

A post-show supper session examining the themes of gender, power, and sexuality within Peter Morris’ adaptation of Maeterlinck’s favourite play. Details of the panelists here.

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 25 OCT – 6 NOV 2010

THE DEATH OF TINTAGEL
This was saltpeter’s debut production. A world premiere by multiple award-winning playwright, Peter Morris (Sunday Times Playwriting Prize 2000, 2001) directed by Vik Sivalingam of the RSC. Time Out’s Best of Fringe. Read more about the project here.

30-31 JUL 2010

***SOLD OUT*** WORKSHOP WEEK featuring international experts from Complicite, the RSC, Ecole Philippe Gaulier & the Gardzienice school of thought. Aim: To encourage theatre practitioners to discover new methods & approaches to creating performance. Details: here

2010 – 2011
READINGS of plays, old and new, took place on a regular basis, up to once a week. Readings function as a time & place for actors, writers and directors to meet one another, talk about their work, discover new writing, and proposed future projects. Through this, saltpeter has also developed a bank of actors ready to develop scripts.