THE PROCESS THE PROCESS
Incitement + Research
“You can look left and right and move out of the way of a speeding car. But pollution is mostly invisible. You can’t dodge it easily, and if you’re travelling along the same polluted roads everyday, it’s likely causing you serious harm.”
– Dr Tom Payne (Co-Director, Doppelgangster).
Development + Exploration
The Performance Company
Mechanics of Performance
The students developed new performance skills and a high level understanding of the ‘mechanics’ of Doppelgangster's making process. The students were facilitated by a dynamic team of three Doppelgangster artists who acted as directors, acting and vocal coaches, choreographers and sometimes designers. Within the work, the students took the role of live artists and collaborators. They were asked to perform, to act, and to be. Full direction was given in the preparation and rehearsal, including the shows online development; the creative process, and technical + dress rehearsals. Some were asked to learn text. Others to dance. Some were invited to sing. Some of them did all three. Throughout the performances they received pre-recorded audio instructions via in-ear technology. Costumes were generously provided by Sheffield Theatres and were tailored to the students' comfort in collaboration with Doppelgangster. The work was highly-structured, and while no previous experience of collaborative practice was required from the cast it was welcomed in the early rehearsal phase. Doppelgangster often play themselves and others in their works. The students were invited to do the same.