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.