Noctium by the Sea.

Phew! What a month it has been.

Hello Nocta-nauts, Charles here again, giving you an update of what we’ve been up to over this past month alone. It’s been a busy one full of performances, travel and general fun!

We shall begin with our recent stint at the Brighton Fringe festival where we performed our show ‘Hymns for Robots’ at the Rialto theatre on the 7th, 16th, 17th and 18th May. At first glance the festival itself seems a bit non existent, but as you walk further into the city it’s clear to see that there is lots going on, we just had to dig a little deeper. The Rialto theatre was the location for our performances. An art-deco style building, nestled away and oozing charm with an attic style theatre space that feels very secretive. To us, it felt like the perfect setting to tell our story of Delia Derbyshire as we filled the stage with our reel to reel machines and electronic instruments. Our performances were a mix of technical hiccups, responsive audiences and sweat (especially on the bank holiday Monday, theatre on a hot day anyone?) but we couldn’t have asked for a better experience, and it’s put us in a good position for when we head to Edinburgh. 

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We’d like to thank everyone who came to see our show, and we received glowing reviews from Fringe Guru, Exeunt Magazine and Broadway Baby. We’d also like to thank the Rialto theatre for hosting us, it is a great venue and if you are ever in Brighton I would highly recommend going.

 

While we were in Brighton, we also managed to catch some shows at the Warren, another venue of the Fringe that feels like its very own festival in itself. We were lucky enough to see Shit-faced Shakespeare do their version of Hamlet (as we just about made it to the box office in time), and our personal favourite, Teatro Pomodoro with ‘Cabaret from the Shadows’ a dark and comic piece that’s truly brilliant!

As I mentioned in our last blog, we have also said goodbye, after almost 5 years, to our very first show ‘The Country Doctor.’ So with our first Brighton show done, we shot back up to Coventry and then headed on to Bedford and Didcot, where the Doctor, along with his weird cohort, made their last appearances. It was a sad occasion as we had so much to thank this show for. It’s made us who we are and taught us how to run a company. We’d like to say another thank you to everyone who was ever involved, who supported and watched the show, it’s been a great 5 years.

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And finally we have also released our very first Podcast! The first episode follows us on our escapades around Brighton, where we talk more about our experiences of the Fringe and the shows we saw, you can wrap your ears around it by clicking on the link below! We hope to do more Podcasts, especially when we’re up in Edinburgh, so keep a look out for those.

Aaaaand one last thing, we were back in Coventry on Monday performing ‘Hymns for Robots’ as part of the Encore Festival, this festival was part of the Theatre and Professional Practice course as the third year students performed their own shows which they had been working on for months. We were very proud to be back in the building performing for the next generation of theatre makers.

And that’s it, our busy May is coming to an end, we now prepare for Edinburgh and we cannot wait, it’s going to be so much fun!

So keep your eyes peeled as we keep you up to date with all things Noctium.

 

Charles

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