Al Seed

Al Seed is a Glasgow-based theatre maker specialising in physical disciplines. He is also the artistic director of Conflux (www.conflux.co.uk) and a lecturer for the diploma in physical theatre, accredited by Adam Smith College.

Dec 192015
 

I am very excited to be preparing for three major projects for 2016. Firstly, Oog will be back out on tour in May-June, and again in October-November. Tour dates in England – and further a field – to be announced sometime after performances at Jacksons Lane as part of London International Mime Festival, 15th-17th Jan.

I have also commenced work on my next solo show, The Tapping, which is being developed in partnership with Paisley Arts Centre, and will eventually be presented site-specifically in Paisley town hall. Drawing upon a long-term fascination with the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, and elements from Greek myths, The Tapping will be a highly visual Gothic-horror melodrama, with a bit of a hat-nod to another inspiration; Edward Gorey. More on that, and a February work-in-progress showing, soon.

Also more soon on The Spinners; a major production, which I will direct, being developed over three years in collaboration with Australian dancer and choreographer, Lina Limosani. Details shortly…

A big thank you to all my long-term collaborators; producers, Feral; and everyone who saw and supported my work this past year. Have a good festive.

Oct 092015
 

Are you an established performer, actor or director looking to extend your physical performance skills? The Embodied Theatre Annual Residency (TETAR) run by performer-directors Al Seed, Alex Rigg (Oceanallover) and Ewan Downie (Company of Wolves) may be what you are looking for…

‘The Embodied Theatre Annual Residency is a six-week course in physical devising and performance skills. This year it will be delivered in three two-week teaching blocks between December 2015 and May 2016, in Glasgow. There are no charges for participation and a subsidy will be provided to each of the twelve participants. Applications are welcome from outside of Scotland. The course is designed to provide established performers, actors and directors with the opportunity to extend their physical performance skills without having to spend extensive periods away from paid employment.’

Deadline for applications is: 5pm, Friday 23rd October 2015

If interested, please find full details here: TETAR_15-16

Oct 092015
 

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Oog will be presented at Jacksons Lane, London, 15th-17th January 2016 as part of London International Mime Festival’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

I am especially delighted to announce this date as Oog’s companion piece, The Factory, was presented at the ICA as part of LIMF 2007.

Booking info here and full details of the full LIMF line-up on the festival’s own site shortly.

Aug 292015
 

MoragDOOG HAS WON THE TOTAL THEATRE AWARD FOR PHYSICAL / VISUAL THEATRE AT THE EDNBURGH FRINGE!

Huge thanks to everyone involved in the decision to give the award to the Oog team; to Morag Deyes and all the staff at Dance Base; Jill Smith and Kathryn Boyle of Feral Arts for management of Oog’s fringe run and upcoming tour (DATES BELOW!), and Creative Scotland for supporting the development of the show. A big thank you also to Alberto Santos Bellido, Guy Veale and Alex Rigg for their lights, sound, costume and set, that make the show what it is.

More on touring in next days!

Image: Morag Deyes of Dance Base accepting the award on behalf of team-Oog.

Aug 252015
 

Al and Alberto are currently in Denmark for WAVES Festival, Vordingborg.
Waves Festival We have a couple of days to decompress before the gig on 27th Aug, then…

Oog will be at:

BEACON ARTS CENTRE, GREENOCK, 12th SEPT, 7.30pm The Beacon
COMAR, TOBERMORY / MULL, 16th SEPT, 7.30pm Comar
DIFFERENTI SENSAZIONI, BIELLA (ITALY), 19th Sept, 7pm Differenti Sensazioni
THE TOWER, HELENSBURGH, 23rd Sept, 7.30pm The Tower
TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW, 24th SEPT, 8pm The Tron
CUMBERNAULD THEATRE, 29th SEPT, 7.45pm Cumbernauld
HARBOUR ARTS CENTRE, IRVINE, 22nd OCT, 7.30pm Harbour Arts
MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE, STIRLING, 24th OCT, 7.30pm MacRobert
WOODEND BARN, BANCHORY, 26th NOV, 7.30pm Woodend

[FETEAG FESTIVAL, CARUARU (BRAZIL), OCT 2016 Feteag ]

+ FURTHER DATES TBC!
TOUR EVENT PAGES ON Al Seed: Productions ARE EN ROUTE.
REGULAR UPDATES IN ‘OOG ON TOUR’…

 

Aug 252015
 

OOG_6_LOWRESOog’s run at Dance Base for the Edinburgh Fringe ended on Sun 23rd Aug. I’d like to say a massive, heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Dance Base for making the run so enjoyable, and also to Jill and Kat of Feral Arts for managing the run, as well as putting everything in place for Oog’s autumn tour.

Final results for this year’s Total Theatre Awards will be announced on Fri 28th Aug. Oog is one of six shows shortlisted for the Physical / Visual Theatre category; fingers crossed!

A final review of Oog at Dance Base was published by Broadway Baby on the last day of the show; a great note to end the run on: ★★★★ “…powerhouse performance… the whole creative team have achieved an impeccable unity.” FULL REVIEW: Oog Review: Broadway Baby

LtoR-Guy-Alberto-AlImages: Alberto Santos Bellido. [Bottom, L > R: Guy Veale (Sound), Alberto Santos Bellido (Lights), Al Seed (Wiggling)]

 

 

 

Aug 182015
 

al_seed16This is Oog’s final week at Dance Base (9.30pm); last show is SUN 23rd AUG!

Many thanks to everyone who has been to see the show so far, especially those who have posted and tweeted (@Al_Seed_dotnet) about it; the extra boost has been invaluable. Any support in this vein is much appreciated indeed!

I also want to give particular thanks to Jill Smith and Kathryn Boyle of FERAL Arts – who are also supporting Ringside by Ellie Dubois at Summerhall – for their production management of Oog’s fringe run and upcoming tour dates (more on touring in a bit…): Without their support I would be gubbed at this point! Thanks both.

[Image: Maria Falconer Photography]

★★★★★ TOTAL THEATRE MAGAZINE: “I left, to steal a metaphor, shell-shocked. An extraordinary piece of work.”

★★★★ THE HERALD: “…a superbly complex characterisation, and Seed’s performance is utterly compelling.”

★★★★ THE SKINNY: “…a commanding solo presence… Exemplary physical theatre.”

Looking to end the run with some more good write-ups, and packed houses: Hope to see you there…