Commons Collective: The Art of Listening
About: In his book Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis, Guardian journalist and environmental activist George Monbiot, reimagines the idea of the commons - a shared resource mutually owned and managed by a corporative that operates neither within the state nor free market.
Inspired by this idea, Commons Collective, is a group of creatives that use devised theatre and performance making as a ‘site’ for the generation of collective cultural intelligence. (Bonet & Négrier : 2014 397) Our view is that the process of decision making inherent in the creative process is a rehearsal for active citizenship in the larger social world.
Collectively writing a script, blocking the actor’s movements on stage, choreographing the dance, figuring out the right angle for the projector and mapping the sound design onto the actor’s actions - all these activities require a delicate dance of negotiation and power sharing between the individual and the collective. Through this process we are learning to listen again both to ourselves and others.
New Year’s Sea @ The 2019 Scene and Heard Festival: Smock Alley, dublin
FEBRUARY 26TH & 27TH, mAIN SPACE: 6:30PM
Thrown into a sea of chaos, Rebecca swims in the cold undertow. One woman’s battle with the unknown and her triumph over nihilism. . - a play inspired by The Dun Laoghaire Forty Foot: New Year’s Sea draws upon the imagery of open sea swimming as a metaphor for navigating life’s choppy seas.
Developed at FRINGE LAB with the support Dublin Fringe Festival and presented by The 2019 Scene and Heard Festival
CAST & cREW
Sarah Niland: Rabecca
Sebastian Stephenson: Wrestler 1
Sarah O’Meara: Wrestler 2
Writer & Director: Jack Beglin
Creative Producer: Marta Linares
Soundscape: Aileen Wallace aka Last Eden
Technician: Sean Hegarty
Scenography: Dylan Kelly
Photography: Misha Beglin