From the 18 – 20 March, All Saints’ College and HotHouse Company welcomed Australian contemporary theatre company Back to Back Theatre to our campus for a special project which celebrates the diversity of our community.
Over two days, community members came to the Upper Theatre to perform in Back to Back Theatre’s The Democratic Set (a 2x2m box). The performances were filmed and then successfully edited into an 11-minute film, which premiered at the College’s Art on The Common event on Friday, 22 March. The film not only highlights the extensive and inclusive nature of our community, but it beautifully encapsulates the College’s essence of growth.
The project consisted of a total of 41 sessions over the three days, with approximately 250 participants, one dog, three plants, four robots, and a dinosaur. The Democratic Set invited students, staff, members of the College Board, Old Saints and the wider community to be involved in this film project, and the results were incredible.
The work of Back to Back Theatre is distinctly unique; our participants were asked by the Director, Ingrid, to think of the “energy portrait” of their idea when bringing it to the set, and be willing to explore, improvise, and be spontaneous under her direction.
The project was successful through the collaboration and collective work of a number of staff members and the Back to Back Theatre team. The Arts Department specifically thanks the College’s Theatre staff Mr Geoff Glencross and Mr Adrian Arnold, and Technology and General Assistant Intern, Mr Noah Glisoca (Class of 2017), for their behind the scenes work in operating the technical aspects of this project.
They also acknowledge the Back to Back Theatre team comprising Alison, Ingrid, Sam and Richard for their incredible work.