Thoughts from The Collaborators – part 1

Enjoy this week’s piece in The Guardian? Read the full pieces from our brilliant collaborators. The challenges of making work in lockdown, and finding hope from collaboration.

More to come next week!

This pandemic can feel both so total and global, and utterly personal at the same time.

Atri Banerjee

It’s been an interesting challenge directing from a distance, but I think there’s even something in that process that speaks directly to the themes of alienation, and familiarisation with a strange digital environment, that’s really relevant for us all today. In the film it’s almost like we’re watching the protagonist from the perspective of her computer and phone screens. Making Me…me for us came from a desire to understand how this pandemic can feel both so total and global, and utterly personal at the same time. Hopefully we’ve tried to capture a feeling of something both epic and really intimate.

Atri Banerjee, Director: Me…me

Go in the direction of your fear and go through it!

Iniki Mariano

This process has been an absolute gift – a heartbeat in the silent graveyard of what felt like a dead industry. It has been a huge challenge for us to adapt to this ‘new normal’. On a practical level, we found ourselves having to be more than what we thought our roles were – for me, this meant being DP, sound recordist, continuity supervisor, wardrobe mistress, etc in addition to getting used to finding veracity, specificity and true vulnerability speaking directly to the lens. It has certainly made me more aware of the machinations of filmmaking beyond the actor’s perspective, and I am sure in many ways, has made me a better, more appreciative actor.

I highly recommend all creatives to collaborate with others and make stuff during this time – it is possible! We truly are more powerful together. That idea you might have, that story you might have always wanted to tell, or that desire to make something even though you have no clue how to start, you don’t have to do it alone – all you have to do is find another creative, and ask! And be bold, reach out people you admire, they are probably just as lost, free and hungry as you are right now! Go in the direction of your fear and go through it!

Iniki Mariano, Performer: Me..me

 Finding good natural lighting when have 13″ porthole windows isn’t easy!

Declan Perring

Living on a narrow-boat during Quarantine has been incredible. I wake up every day to a beautiful view in Little VenicFinding good natural lighting when have 13″ porthole windows isn’t easye, I have wonderful neighbours and I love my home. However, trying to create and film a piece of work that was originally in the script as a “Swanky Vauxhall flat” was very difficult. Finding good natural lighting when have 13″ porthole windows isn’t easy, not to mention when the script calls for you to do 5 pirouettes in a row and your home is 6ft wide and begins to rock if you push yourself into the motion of spinning, or clambering under your table with blankets over you to re-record a section of sound without hearing the geese constantly screaming at each other. But all in all it was part of what made the challenge of this virtual collaboration so much fun.

Declan Perring, Performer: Winners

 Creating virtually has given me purpose and challenged me to write.

Hana Pascal Keegan

With a vivid sense of urgency, it’s been incredible to collaborate with previously unknown artists to explore personal and collective questions of lockdown. Like never before, we’ve been able to key into the visceral details of our shared experiences. Creating virtually has given me purpose and challenged me to write, which I never had time to do when working in established buildings. Figuring out how to generate, rehearse and mount short pieces over the internet has been fascinating! It’s highlighted the vitality of noticing how the world works outside of rehearsal as now, like never before, our daily social performances are rapidly evolving on a daily basis.

Hana Pascal Keegan, Writer/Director: Doing the Dishes; Director: Good Connection?

It has been so comforting to connect with other caged creatives.

Nalân Burgess

The closing of theatres on March 16th led to an abrupt end to rehearsals for a show we had been working on for weeks and a complete lifestyle change, trading in the rehearsal room for my bedroom: laptop-life and even constructing a desk, the actor’s nemesis. During such an emotionally turbulent time, it has been so comforting to connect with other caged creatives, working on two projects for the Virtual Collab, one as an actress and one pushing myself out of my comfort zone as a writer, happily occupying several hours of lockdown life. 

Nalân Burgess, Writer: Good Connection?; Performer: Your First Ever Make-Up Tutorial

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