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Art Massage in Edinburgh 2011

This is a call out for artists who’d like to be part of a project we’re hosting at Forest Fringe this year at the Edinburgh Festival

Art Massage
Forest Fringe 2011

This year at Forest Fringe Gemma and James (Action Hero) are working with holistic massage therapist Blue Hesse at The Forest Café’s Sip n Snip Salon to bring Art Massages to the people of Edinburgh.

The idea is that participants sit for a 10 minute oil massage whilst listening to a podcast of an artist talking about/on/around their art. A nice little refuge away from the crowds. Time to meditate on what we’re doing and why we do it.

We’re looking for 10 minute long audio of you talking about ideas you’re interested in at the moment, or things that are inspiring you. This is totally open to interpretation, but the masseuse has asked that we don’t present anything too emotional as it will affect the massage. Just a chat about your inspirations in a relaxed way, a personal account of why and what you do or what you’re thinking about at the moment. It could be a piece of work in itself or some more philosophical thoughts about your art. We’re most interested in participants just being able to hear something interesting, calm and soothing as an antidote to the festival rather than a pitch promoting your work! Your name or the name of your company will be listed on a menu for the participant to choose from so don’t feel like you need to say who you are but you can if you like! If you want us to include a website or something on the menu then just let us know.

Send your audio files (any format is fine, all recordings need to be as close to 10 mins as possible) to by the 31st July. You can try and use (or a similar thing) if the file is too big.
We’ll try to use as many of the podcasts as possible, and will let you know if we’re using yours or not.
We look forward to hearing from you!
James and Gemma.

Watch Me Fall Edinburgh 2011

We’re going to be showing Watch Me Fall as part of the British Council Showcase in Edinburgh this year from 22nd-27th Aug at 11:45pm. Once again we’re collaborating with the brilliant Forest Fringe and also with Summerhall (a great new project in an ex veterinary school). We’ll also be showing (at forest fringe) a collection of the images taken by audience members on cameras we’ve given them when we’ve performed watch me fall.

You can reserve tickets for Watch Me Fall here or pick them up in person at Forest Fringe or Summerhall anytime.

Frontman at Forest Fringe Edinburgh

As part of our Frontman process we’ll be showing some ideas we’re working on at Forest Fringe

Tuesday 17th Aug at 4pm

Its part of the festival of secrets so its not in the programme.

See you there!

and don’t forget you can see us performing ‘A Western’ at Kilkenny Arts Festival wed 11th and thur 12th Aug

and at The Tobacco Factory in Bristol on 18th, 19th + 20th September

mixtape at Bristol Old Vic

We’re doing a VERY short VERY loud performance at the Forest Fringe Microfestival at Bristol Old Vic in May. The festival itself will be brilliant so I recommend you come along and see everything that’s happening anyway but would also be lovely if you found your way to our little showing.

Its part of a project called Mixtape which is done by Unlimited Theatre. They have selected some artists to pick a song they like and set some action to it and one day all the pieces will be performed together and the songs will make a mixtape. Its a very lovely idea and we’ve chosen ‘Bright tomorrow’ by Fuck Buttons as our song. Some of the ideas we’ve been working on may also find their way into our ‘Frontman’ project as well. So do come along and give us your feedback.

The micro-festival is on May 8th and 9th at Bristol Old Vic (its part of Mayfest which is also a brilliant festival well worth coming to experience). We won’t know exactly when our piece will show until nearer the time but as I say, come along to the whole event anyway, pick up a brochure and it will tell you when we’re on.

See you there xx

Guardian review of ‘A Western’

Check out this lovely review of ‘A Western’ from The Guardian.

guardian review

you can catch ‘A Western’ at Chelsea Theatre in London on 1st November as part of Sacred

Tour dates Aug – Dec


We just had a brilliant time doing A Western at the British Council Edinburgh Showcase, and now we’re getting sorted for a mega-busy Autumn.

here’s what we’re up to before Christmas, hope you can catch us soon!

there’s a few more dates to follow so keep an eye on our website, join our facebook group for regular updates, photos and links to reviews and articles, or follow us on twitter

A Western

  • 3rd October: FIX 09 Catalyst Arts, Belfast

@ The menagarie bar, University Street, 8pm

  • 1st November: Chelsea Theatre, London

8:45pm, tickets £10/£8, Box Office: 08709908454.

Watch Me Fall

  • 20th – 21st October: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

7:45pm, tickets £8.50/£7.50, Box office: 02476524524.

  • 4th – 5th November: The Shunt Vaults, London Bridge, London

T: 02073787776.

  • 7th November: The Star and Shadow @ Wunderbar festival, Newcastle

7:30pm, tickets £6/£4, box office: 01912610505.

  • 17th November: Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

8:00pm, tickets £9/£7, box office: 01392667080.

  • 27th – 28th November: Stoke Newington International Airport, London

tickets £5 on the door.

  • 2nd December: The Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool

8:00pm, tickets £5, book online

  • 3th December: Leeds Met Studio Theatre, Leeds

7:30pm, tickets £10/£7, box office: 01138125998.

  • 4th December: Greenroom, Manchester

8:00pm, tickets £9/£6, box office: 01616150500.


  • 23rd – 24th October : Chester roman Gardens @ Up The Wall, Chester

See you soon xx

Action Hero at Edinburgh Forest Fringe
May 25, 2008, 6:51 pm
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Edinburgh has never been on the cards for us in the past because of the massive costs involved being unfeasible for a company as small as us but this year we’re going to be involved thanks to the brilliant ‘Forest Fringe’. Its a neat idea that means companies can perform for free and outside the competitive meat market that is the Fringe. We’ll be there for a few days performing a work-in-progress of our as yet un-named new piece that we showed an initial sketch of at Arnolfini’s ‘I am your Worst Nightmare’ (the re-enaction of Evel Knievel’s 1967 Caesar’s Palace jump). The nature of the Forest Fringe means we can spend some time working on the show and show it in front of a good natured, thrill-seeking Edinburgh audience without the horrible pressures and financial commitments that go with a normal Edinburgh show. Although I’ve been to Edinburgh as an audience member quite a lot I’ve never performed there and I’ve often noted how it really lacks an actual ‘Fringe’ in the truest experimental sense of the word, which is a shame considering how many audience members there are there eager for new and exciting work so hopefully the Forest Fringe can change all that. Look out for more details of exact dates etc but in the mean time have a look at Lyn Gardner’s blog about it