Two weeks to go!

The Camden Fringe Festival officially starts today! And so there's not long left until the opening night of No Take Backs. You can buy tickets for the show here.

We've had a pretty eventful two weeks. There was the Launch Party and we wrote up about our prep for that here.
Larissa has been collecting cardboard boxes for set and tinkering with a couple of them... We've been amassing different parts of costume and some props including these:

What could go wrong with that mix?

Any rehearsal with Dan invariably devolved into a conversation about Freddie Mercury. As well as a pretty excellent off-script run by him and Lucy. Obviously talking about Freddie Mercury is the thing I remember. And then a lot of rehearsals with Lucy and Sylvie to get them off script and lock down some cool moments of blocking. We played around a bit and did the scene with each of us on a different 'level'; throughout the scene one actor had to be standing, one sat on a chair and the third actor on the floor; if someone got off the chair one of the other actors had to move. Quickly. It gets people using the space differently, makes them think about levels differently and most important allows you to punish your director by making him crawl around the floor a lot.

Making conversation

We went to the Camden Fringe Festival launch party this week. This was our third time going and we're sort of used to how the whole thing works. There are pleasantries, flyers are swapped and sometimes you find people with shared interests and get some time to bond amongst the madness. It's sort of like networking (and no one really likes networking) but the people who are there tend to make everything pleasant. Having an understanding of the usual conversation flow prompted Michael to create some stickers to be put on our flyers at the end of each conversation, depending on how the social interaction went. It was an attempt to personalise things and have a bit of fun with the usual conventions. It was a dumb idea. A dumb idea that people seemed to love. It was a very Sigil Club thing to do.

These were the stickers we had. (Sorry if you didn't get the one you wanted)

The 'g' is soft.
Like our favourite cheeses
(For anyone who mispronounced Sigil Club)

You have excellent hair.

This conversation was successful.

This social interaction was like a high-five for my soul. 

Dear Sigil Club, we shall not be attending your performance due to:
Rehearsal/Performance/Plague/Turned into grapes
(They may delete as necessary)

Your show sounds very:
Funny/moving/derivative/creative/personal/full of words
(I may delete as necessary)

We are available for weddings. But not emotionally. Things are just moving too fast. It's not you, it's us.

If undelivered, please return to Tristan Bates Theatre Aug 11th-16th. Then buy a ticket.

The first rule of Sigil Club is "we don't talk about 'Fight Club.'" Some of us haven't seen it. SPOILERS!

Your show sounds excellent!
But now we're jealous.

Now the weird guy carrying around sheets of labels makes sense.
Well. A bit more sense.

Our dream X-Men team would be: Multiple Man, Shadowcat, Beast, Fantomex and Pixie.

You used Promote Play!
It was Super Effective

You completed a conversation!
+1 Knowledge
+3 Social Skills
+600 Life Exp.

You write Horror-Comedy! We write horrible comedy.
Let's be friends!
(There are a few horror comedy acts this year. We unfortunately didn't find any of them.)

It's like 'In Bruges.' But less Irish, not in Bruges and without small people.
It's funny.

This conversation was my modern fairytale.
(Again, getting specific in case we met a team doing a modern fairytale.)

You have excellent taste.
Like Hannibal.

This is merely a whimsical affectation to make up for my lack of actual social skills. 

I rate this conversation 5/5
Also the result of my recent STI screening.

I hardly know her!
(If only we had met some people performing some Pinter)

We're oddly proud of these. Proud enough to post them I guess. Gotta stay ahead of the curve next year though. Everyone will be doing stickers then. So what are we to do....

(Shout out to Untouched Theatre who seemed very excited to get the Pokémon themed sticker and who indulged Michael when he persistently asked them about their puppet comedy.)

Four weeks to go!


That's right, it's only four weeks until our opening night!

Have you seen our poster? It's a very nice looking poster. Take a look.

It's designed by long-time Sigil Club collaborator Kris Wood.

If that exciting image makes you want to buy a ticket, you can get them from here. Or as the poster says, from the Tristan Bates website.

Rehearsals are going well. There's still a lot of energy in the room as we talk about pirate's eye-patches, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and misheard lyrics to songs. We've de-stressed by rolling around on bubble wrap and re-stressed by waving fake knives at each other. People seem to be clicking; Dan and Lucy have the bickering siblings thing down, whilst Rachel and Sylvie are both going away to study different animals to move as. Lines are starting to stick and people are finding some really cool stuff to play with.
We had a fight/action choreography rehearsal on Thursday and we're really excited about how that stuff is going to look.

Larissa has mocked up a cool looking computer model of the set and a physical model and we're playing around with how everything might fit together.

There will no doubt be a facebook event up in the near future. For now keep up to date with things on our page there or our Twitter.

An update on NTB


We have a little bit of an update on No Take Backs.

Due to some unfortunate circumstances Grace Lyons Hudson will no longer be able to perform in the production. We wish Grace the best; we've enjoyed our time with her immensely and we sincerely hope to be able to work with her in the future.

That of course means we have some other news. The part of Emily Parry-Green will instead be played by Lucy Litchfield. We're really looking forward to having Lucy join the group, we expect she'll be a fantastic addition.

No Take Backs

The sixth Sigil Club production is coming to the Camden Fringe Festival this summer. We'll be performing the new play, No Take Backs at the Tristan Bates Theatre, (a space we are very, very excited to be in) on August 11th-16th at 9:30pm. The Tristan Bates website currently has a section for all their Camden Fringe plays; check those and buy tickets for ours here!

What is No Take Backs about?
A black comedy by Michael Eckett about holding onto the past and holding people hostage.

Emily Parry-Green finds herself held in her home, against her will, by professional criminal, Megan Collier, who is tasked with finding a specific item from Emily's past. But Emily has never been able to let anything go and if she can't this time, she'll never get out. If Megan can change Emily then maybe she can salvage the job but Emily’s brother and Megan’s employer arrive and only complicate things further.

It's a really funny, sometimes weirdly violent play with all our usual energy, odd pop-culture references and moments of surrealism. But no magical creatures or giant comic book sound effects this time. It's probably the closest we'll come to realism.

But the characters are these big eccentrics and we'll need some talented people to do them justice. The cast involved are some fantastic actors, some of whom we've had the pleasure of working with before and are ecstatic to welcome back and one new performer who we're really excited to work with.
Lucy Litchfield is playing 'Emily Parry-Green', Rachel Eireann plays 'Megan Collier', Dan Farley is 'Sylvester Parry-Green' and we have Sylvie England as 'Kerri-Anne Turner'. We had our read-through of the script this week and everyone is already bringing so much. I can't wait to see all the ways they're going to make us laugh.

As mentioned above Michael Eckett has written the play and will be directing (and writing this up whilst noting that writing in third person is weird). And the wonderful Larissa Kunstel-Tabet is doing the design work with us again.

I'd also just like to draw your attention to our promo/brochure image there. It's another piece of work by Kris Wood, a wonderful photographer and designer who shall also be working on our posters and flyers. And we are ever so grateful.

Now, we have a few weeks of rehearsals ahead of us so that we can craft the best show possible. You all have a few weeks of buying tickets and telling your friends to come see the show. A good way to share with others is to link them here or follow our Twitter feed, where we'll have all the behind the scenes stuff and first bits of news. (It's also the place to watch Michael slowly go insane as the process continues). We also have a facebook page (Like us or something).

And if anyone wants to interview us regarding the show for print, digital or a podcast, or just ask questions you can contact us on or via our Twitter.

We're tremendously excited about the show and getting to be part of the Camden Fringe again. We hope everyone else taking part this year enjoys the experience as much as we do and I wish you so much success.