Chronic Insanity is a Nottingham based theatre company.
I met Chronic Insanity’s Artistic Director & Creative Producer Joe Strickland during the Pandemic on a video meet up organised by Jen Toksvig, founder of The Larder, imaginiarium artist behind the Twitter restaurant Toksvigs who delightfully defies easy classification. Jen is a director, facilitator and creative producer I greatly admire. It was a meet up of Fairy Godparents that facilitated the crossing of our paths.
It’s the ‘support in kind’, ‘beyond the call of duty’, extending consciousness, making magic even when off the clock, all these are within the FairyGodparents remit!
Joe, on examining of his online profiles was not only a digital theatre producer (my current career pursuit trajectory) but Nottingham based too. ‘In the flesh’, ‘on the ground’ encounters are weightier in cognition than cloud, digital and online encounters I find. They can be lonely affairs. The physical encounters however I find unpredictable not to mention logistically, attentionally and geographically challenging.
But the truth is Ground or Cloud both require the commitment of time and attention. Anything having resources consumed in the form of human input comes at a cost. A cost encompassing food, life expenses to rent need return, and time given needs reward so nothing Ground or Cloud is free and consequently shouldn’t be free.
If on a rare occasion a show is fully funded with no expectation of profit the funders still require documentation in terms of an audience. Art and audience are intertwined where value for money and funders are concerned.
Puncture The Screen is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Joe and Chronic Insanity are ‘opening’ Puncture The Screen on July 29th between 12 noon and 8pm then on July 30th between 12 noon and 7pm
11 events with 2 at the end of each day being live.
I spoke to Joe to find out more
PCM is offering PCM Adventures 3 festival passes which will be paid for by PCM. A gift from me. Message me on Facebook.
All the Puncture The Screen info.
Puncture The Screen is a data driven digital art and performance festival run by Chronic Insanity, consisting of digital art and performance, workshops, panel discussions, and educational opportunities for creatives and audiences alike.
The festival will run 29/07/21-30/07/21 and will be available on demand for at least two weeks afterwards.
They want this festival to show the full innovative strength of digital art and performance and to show off its accessibility, its sustainability, and its affordability for both creatives and audiences alike.
Full Festival Pass - £10 (3 FREE passes available to PCM Adventures)
Individual Event Pass - £5
Upgrade an Event Pass to a Festival Pass- £5
Available here (For a PCM Adventurers pass email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The festival organisers, Chronic Insanity, are a theatre company from Nottingham that creates and facilitates live performance and experiences in traditional, found, and digital spaces. They are currently in the middle of completing their second 12 shows in 12 months challenge.
Find out more about them here!
Day 1 - July 29th
12:00 - The Next Best Thing by Emily Holyoake
14:00 - Introduction to Digital Theatre by Kill The Cat
14:00 - Introduction to Animating by Edalia Day
16:00 - Augmented Art by Tom Shennan
18:00 - Working with Isadora by Imitating The Dog (Live Event)
20:00 - Larkhall (Live Event)
Day 2 - July 30th
12:00 - The Ashes: World Tour by Naomi Westerman
14:00 - Introduction to Creative Captioning using Isadora by Tim Kelly
16:00 - Displacement Native by Michael-Jon Mizra
18:00 - Creative Infinity: How Digital Will The Future Be? (Live Event)
19:00 - message not sent by YESYESNONO (Live Event)