Creative Electric, Young Scot Award Finalists 2014, are proud to present Wonder, an immersive theatre production aimed at audiences aged 16-22 years, opening April 30th at The Bongo Club Edinburgh as part of Bongo Lives and touring to North Berwick and Glasgow.
'I won't tell you what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse...'
Inspired by RJ Palacio's novel of the same name, Wonder explores themes of self and social awareness through participant?s stories. During development, Creative Electric held a series of social experiments that explored the impact of acts kindness. Heather Marshell, Creative Director:
"The company were surprised and delighted by peoples' reactions, so many people wanted to give hugs, share their stories and make a connection. Their reactions have helped shape our production."
Wonder has been informed by people from all walks of life who have dared to ask and answer the question 'What do you see when you look at me?'. Wonder is a part of Creative Electric's Emerging Artists Programme, funded by Creative Scotland, through which the company supports artists at the early stage of their career with paid work and mentoring. This is the company's third emerging artists production.
THE BONGO CLUB, 66 COWGATE, EDINBURGH
Wednesday 30th April 8pm
Saturday 3rd May 2pm
Sunday 4th May 2pm
THE SPACE (VERT RAMP ROOM), OLD BEN SAYERS FACTORY, NORTH BERWICK
Tuesday 6th May 7pm
BEYOND THE FINISH LINE, 7 TRONGATE, GLASGOW
- with support from somewhereto_scotland
Friday 9th May 7pm
KELBURN GARDEN PARTY
4th - 6th July (performance as part of festival entrance price)
All tickets £7.50 (£5 conc.) *or donation on the door
online booking http://creativeelectric.ticketsource.co.uk
Hannah Gipp // Performer
From the age of 4 Hannah has felt most at home performing and creating theatre. Born in Cambridge, Hannah attended dance classes in tap, ballet and modern dance, she then went to further her training at the London Studio Centre. She graduated in 2012 with a BA (HONS) in theatre/dance. During her time there she toured the UK with Intoto Dance Company in works by Ben Wright, Darren Ellis and Nuno Campos. Once graduated Hannah joined Lite Fantastic Dance Company in their Edinburgh Fringe run of hip hop dance works "Collision" and "Prodigious". She has also appeared in TV series "Made in Chelsea", "My Mad Fat Diary" and joined the UK tour of "Juke Box and Bobbysox" as a Lindy Hop dancer. Hannah recently performed in a new work "Once Was Human" directed by Joel Mason for the Hidden Door Project in Edinburgh.
Mark Hannah // Performer
Mark is Creative Electric's longest serving member, an original company member from 2009, and has continued to work with them ever since. Mark is currently completing his training at Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) at Edinburgh College. Performances here include "Pornography" by Simon Stephens and "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" by Charles Dickens. Through Creative Electric, Mark has worked with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Visible Fictions and The National Theatre of Scotland on "Re:Location"; a pioneering international theatre festival in Norway in 2012. Mark has also starred in the Scottish Government TV and internet campaign "Warzone", appeared in "Dani's House" with the BBC, and performed in the British classic "Kes" at the Kings Theatre with the Royal Liverpool Playhouse. Mark is also a budding stand up comedian, finishing 2nd in Forth One's Big Comedy audition and appeared as warm up act for comedian Frankie Boyle at the Stand Comedy Club.
Christie Russell-Brown // Performer
Christie is a BA (Hons) Acting graduate of Motherwell College and an HND Acting and Performance graduate of Edinburgh's Telford College. Having been part of Creative Electric's Young Company for a number of years, she was very excited to started working on "Wonder". She has found the experience exciting, challenging but above all has taught her how much fun it is to play again. Christie's recent theatre credits include "The Hard Man", "Trainspotting", "Gag" and "The House of Bernarda Alba".
Will Stringer // Performer
Will is an emerging Performance Maker, Voice Over Artist and Actor based in Glasgow. He is currently in his second year as a scholarship student on the BA (Hons.) Contemporary Performance Practice Programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Will has co-created and performed in a range of theatre and live art performances. These performances include 'out of nothing but our matter' by Aby Watson, 'How Silver the Screen Between Us' a durational performance by Amy Pickles, and 'Plutonic Relations' created with Nima Sene.Will has recently embarked upon acting for screen by being a dancer for 'Dracula: Untold' by Universal Studios, a dancer in 'The Fame of Us' by Amy Pickles and Jordyana Ataman, he was also the male lead in 'Mannequin' by Louise Dawson.
Charlie Tonner // Guest Artist in Playing
Charlie is currently training at Westfield Primary School. Previous credits for Creative Electric include Auditory Hallucinations and Debutantes. Other credits include the Letter Y in his nurseries production of The Alphabet Nativity and The Guest in the Primary One Christmas Play. Charlie worked with the cast to explore self and social awareness. There has been a marked difference in his work since Auditory Hallucinations, as he has become more interested in written work. However he still very much enjoys going on imaginary journeys. Charlie works on the principal that the rules can change at any minute, making him a very exciting artist to work with.
Shaya // Filmmaker
AmberShaya - a professional and creative photographers and film makers team based in Edinburgh specialising in producing high quality videos/ photos for theater and dance companies, art centres, music bands and other creative business and organizations.
With thanks to //
Aoife, Wonder Ted & Caro Donald, Isla Baker & Colleen Garrett, Amelia Tuck, Sorcha Spencer, Duddingston Primary School, Ashcraig Former Pupils Club, Longniddry Primary School, Westfield Primary School, The Bongo Club, Out of the Blue, somewhereto_Scotland, The Space and Alan Bissett for use of his text from Boyracers.