When: 15th – 17th April 2016
Where: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
£: Tickets cost £10 for most events (see website for more details)
What is it?
Wrought festival takes place from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April in Sheffield, with more than 30 national and international artists. Focusing exclusively on One-to-One (one audience member and one performer) and Micro-audience (audiences of 20 people or fewer) performances.
These intimate dynamics produce unique experiences and opportunities for genuine connection and participation. The audience member is immersed in, and vital to, the piece. Ten selected local and national emerging performance artists have followed an extensive programme of development concluding in this three-day festival, where they will showcase their work alongside established artists.
The established artists have been selected for their innovative work in one-to-one and micro-audience performance. The festival will be showing Cape Wrath by Third Angel; staged on a stationary bus, this is a story about a journey. The Reservation by Ellie Harrison and Jaye Kearney, described by Lyn Gardner as being ‘exquisitely judged’, is a piece designed for one person in a hotel room.
Michael Pinchbeck’s slideshow The man who flew into space from his apartment, explores presence and absence. A guest performer follows instructions they have never heard before in front of an audience of ten. The guest performers will be Terry O’Connor of Forced Entertainment and Rachael Walton of Third Angel.
There will be Wondermart, an audio piece in a supermarket, by Silvia Mercuriali, and OK, OK, a script without any actors, created by Ant Hampton and Gert-Jan Stam. Finally, Room (Sophie Grodin and Ellie Stamp) will be returning to Wrought after creating beautiful, memorable experiences last time.
In the week preceding the festival, Japanese artist Tomoko Inagaki, will be building her installation, The Day It Is Raining, in The Hide. This is the first time in over ten years she has exhibited her work in the UK. This installation will form the framework of an entirely new one-to-one designed for Wrought.
In addition to this, there will be a number of free performances and art installations, an open discussion with the artists of Wrought, and food and drink by Percy and Lily’s and The Mugen Tea House.
Wrought is happening across Sheffield but using The Hide on Scotland Street as the main hub. The event is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. It is also supported by Sheffield Town Trust, The University of Sheffield, and generous crowdfunders.