Conspiracy of Orphans
“I propose a conspiracy of orphans. We exchange winks. We reject hierarchies. All hierarchies. We take the shit of the world for granted and we exchange stories about how we nevertheless get by. We are impertinent. More than half the stars in the universe are orphan-stars belonging to no constellation. And they give off more light than all the constellation stars.”
John Berger, Confabulations
In their gulag-home, Brother and Sister reel from a trauma that revisits them in fragments. It’s their birthday. They visit their parents’ grave, get their daily dose of Vitamin D, consider the exit point. A trance-like soundscape of Russian electronica, the physical comedy of Buster Keaton, and the surreal aesthetics of Magritte combine to frame this silent comedy and quiet tragedy.
Researching sign language and the physical effects of trauma, we have sought to discover how the body speaks and how contact can be made before and beyond words. We hope this project can be used to bring communities - of different abilities, languages and histories - together through a new form of the old art of silent storytelling.
After four years of development, we are finally performing CoO again at Tramshed, our home in Woolwich. Tickets here: Conspiracy of Orphans, 5th March 2022
We performed a ten-minute scratch of Conspiracy of Orphans at Battersea Arts Centre's Freshly Scratched on the 19th October 2017, and in March 2018 completed a first week's r&d, finishing with a 30-minute showing at Omnibus Theatre.
In August 2019 we took residence for an R&D at Rich Mix, Shoreditch and performed Conspiracy of Orphans on the 15th and 17th November 2019 as part of Voila! Europe Theatre Festival. In 2020 the show was nominated for the Les Enfants Terribles Award, and subsequently programmed at Akropoditi Dancefest, thwarted unfortunately by the pandemic.
If you are interested in Conspiracy of Orphans, or just want to say hi, get in touch via our contact page.
With thanks to Bettina Adela for Rich Mix, Charlie Wood, Korina Kokkali and Aziz El-Nur for the pictures.