Greetings, humans! I am writing to you from the midst of FODI 2012, where we are smack bang in the middle of our series of secessions from the Commonwealth of Australia. Thus far, we have created three new countries: Astropos, Utopia, and Gwandanaland, each with their own flag (Utopia’s bold design shown above), anthem, culture, and Declaration of Independence. At 4pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm today we will again declare our small portion of the Sydney Opera House independent from Australia, and see what unpredictable nation arises from the minds of Opera House audiences. Par exemple:
Declaration of Independence
October 29, 2012
We the people of Utopia hereby secede from the Commonwealth of Australia on the grounds of:
- No equal representation
- Shopping trolleys in the streets
- Monopoly of big business (Woolies and Coles)
As Utopia we aspire to provide our citizens with:
- Secular education
- Mutual regard and respect
- House parties
In the name of freedom, Utopia declares itself a nation independent from Australia and the British Crown.
Oh, through this freedom may we all find fulfillment and unending happiness.
We must run and prepare for our next secession, so I will bid you adieu, and leave you with this, the flag of Astropos, which is most impressive indeed:
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It’s the (for uni-goers) last week of exams, classes and performances for the year, and it certainly feels like the end of an uphill climb. Here’s an update of what Applespiel have been up to over the last month (it’s been a while!)
Crack Theatre Festival was a wonderful, turbulent long-weekend away and since then we’ve been working on our Clubhouse event (through Performance Space) ‘Applespiel Are Actors And You Can Be Too Maybe’.
The acting workshop designed for performance artists a-feared of emotion, participants were introduced to The Harrison Method, and then led through a series of exercises to help them understand the actions, colours and emotions.
Once we felt everyone was familiar with the method, we gave them some scenes to work on.
The results were lovely to watch, and we’re proud to have done our bit for those performance artists who were too scared to play actions.
Coming up next: we’re revising Snail Piece, which was previously developed at Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival, for the Peats Ridge Festival over the New Years long weekend. After that – who knows! There’s a Next Wave/Kickstart meeting on Thursday at Carriageworks, Applespieler Nathan Harrison is premiering his honours performance entitled ‘Sixteen Year Old Me Isn’t Sure He Wants To Have This Conversation’, and we’re winding up things from the Sydney Fringe.
Some 2011 engagements are dependent on funding and applications that are due to be announced soon, but watch this space to find out about Applespiel’s 2011 involvement in festivals, labs and other events.
The year isn’t over yet, but on behalf of Applespiel I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us in 2010 – everyone who came to our shows, helped us source materials, read our blog posts, and those that we have worked with – Quarterbred, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival, The Sydney Fringe, Crack Theatre Festival, Peats Ridge Festival, and Performance Space. We look forward to working with you again.
(all images by Lucy Parakhina)
Here’s our last day of radio at Crack Theatre Festival. There wasn’t much going on Sunday, so we were told we could go for as long as we wanted. We went for about an extra half hour I think. It was certainly my favourite of the three days. Keep an ear out for some point in part three where it all falls apart.
Big thanks to David Finnigan and Ben Packer for having us up at Crack, we had a great time. Thanks to everyone who came out to the room at 10 in the morning to watch/listen to our show, especially after daylight savings.
This is a project we’re hoping to return to next year, to take what we’ve learnt and turn it into a full performance. We’ll see.
Day three features music from Influenza, Ocean Party, and the hip hop collective of Cranky Mack, Elbow Slug and Ily Turmoil.
Also featuring Hadley to talk about the Year 12 Formal.
Listen to it here
Next up we’ve got Applespiel Are Actors and You Can Be Too Maybe at Performance Space for Clubhouse on October 28. Go here for all the info.
Here’s our recordings of the second day of breakfast radio. Child discipline, Melbourne Cup, disabled people and massage parlours.
Featuring an interview with Masters of Space and Time, and music from Wollongong bands Inanimate Objects and Order 66.
Listen to them here
Day three will be up later today or tomorrow.
We’re back from TiNA and the Crack Theatre Festival!
It was a seriously lovely four nights of performances, panels, ginger beers and being heaps tough doormen at the Year 12 Formal. No clowns got past us.
Here are some photos from Applespiel’s Morning Breakfast Radio Show! We recorded each of our three shows, and will be uploading them here (unedited) so you can grab some toast and coffee and get down to business in the comfort of your very own home.
Crack Theatre Festival was awesome, and we’re very thankful that Ben, Gillian and Dave were able to have us. Thanks for throwing a great Crack!
*My camera is awful and responds to light badly – hence the orange photos. Sorry! There will be better ones up soon.
Check out the TiNA Flickr page for photos of the entire festival HERE.
Stay tuned for recordings of the Breakfast Radio – and remember, the shows are all made up on the spot, guest speakers and callers include members of the audience who were great sports and played along, and songs from bands we like. Spoons, Rach and The Duff are not based on any real person, alive or deceased, and any relation to living persons is purely incidental.
Here’s the recordings of the first day of Applespiel’s Morning Breakfast Commercial Radio Show, which we did on Friday at Crack Theatre Festival. Bicycles, body image, high school reunions and communism.
Featuring music from Ian and Bennie James and the Hesitant Few.
Also special thanks to the awesome Adam Buncher who does this sort of thing (radio) as his job and so helped us out in rehearsal a bit.
Or download them
Stay tuned for Saturday and Sunday’s shows.