Enchantment on offer with theatre project

00:52, Oct 31 2012
Moana Lee1
ON STAGE: Damara Sylvester and Pete Foley rehearse a scene from The Interview, part of the Body in Space Enchanted Evening Theatre Series at Fairfield House.

Body in Space is moving into new territory with its latest event - The Enchanted Evening Theatre Series.

The Nelson-based theatre company has been working on a host of one-act plays and scenes, most of them original, for the three-day event.

Fairfield House will host meditation zones, original performances by Body in Space's youth troupe and a bird sanctuary space created by artist Bridget Sanders.

She and her husband, Roger, team up as an elderly couple in Lisa Norriss' one-act play The Glockenspiel Dockyards, which is described as "an existential jaunt into the puzzle of life".

A giant jigsaw made of chairs dominates the space and the couple make and unmake the set while distracting each other with tea, stories and pieces of the past.

The Glockenspiel Dockyards won the Playmarket Young Playwright of the Year award in 2003, and this will be its first Nelson outing.


Another show, The Interview, is what happens when you "take three physical performers and shake them around in a room for a few months".

The piece, devised by Peter Foley, Akiko Miyamoto and Damara Sylvester, is a manic, light-hearted and extremely physical look at what it takes to get a job these days.

Fairfield House has been Body in Space's theatrical home in Nelson since 2010.

The company trains actors, runs classes and puts on shows throughout the year.

Norriss, who is Body in Space's co-artistic director, said The Enchanted Evening Theatre Series was "theatre, but not as we commonly experience it".

"Come along and see a mix of professional actors, young people, original scripts, devised physical theatre and more. As an audience member, you will get to weave together your own programme from what is on offer," she said.

"If you're looking for an enchanting experience that is tailor-made to your personal tastes, then this is the event for you."

The Enchanted Evening Theatre Series is supported by Arts Council Nelson and the Creative Communities scheme.