Thursday 19th October - Saturday 21st October 2017, Ovalhouse.
Thursday 2nd November 2017, The Old Fire Station, Oxford
We can’t help putting together what’s been lost or destroyed. Whoever we are, whatever we do, we’re all detectives, puzzle-solvers, archaeologists. Our brains take tiny pieces of information and turn them into a story that we think makes sense.
Fragments is inspired by the stories we tell ourselves from the scraps we have, and the gaps that we can’t quite fill. At its heart is the lost myth of Cresphontes, a boy brought up to avenge his murdered father and brothers. Piecing his story together takes us on a journey through the fragments of our own lives: receipts, childhood memories, things half heard and misunderstood.
Fragments will be our third production - due to be complete in 2018. We will be presenting an unfinished sneak-preview of Fragments at Ovalhouse, London and the Old Fire Station, Oxford in October and November 2017.
Research and development in 2014
A period of early research and development into Fragments was commissioned as part of Being Human, the UK's first national festival of the humanities. We spent two weeks working with actors Tom Espiner, Ben Hadley, Bella Heesom and Victoria Moseley, movement specialist Avye Leventis, dramaturg Marcelo Dos Santos, writer Laura Swift and director Russell Bender.
We explored the images, broken dialog and scraps of story of three lost plays by Euripides. We played with places we encounter fragments of stories in our modern lives and looked at ways that sound, puppetry and movement could respond to the idea of fragmentation. We presented a sharing of material and a panel discussion and Q&A between the workshop participants and academics at Rich Mix in November 2014.
- Written by Laura Swift and Russell Bender
- with devising by the Company
- Directed by Russell Bender