1942. Leningrad. The enemy is at the gate. The wind howls.The snow falls. The winter of starvation has begun...
Who are we?
Raucous incorporate performance and technology to create immersive theatre in unlikely spaces. We want you to be completely submerged in the performance we create, to be led through the story and experience stories that are vibrant, vital and visceral.
Technology plays a great part in our work. We are an ever-evolving collective of theatre makers, scientists and technologists and to this end we create theatre stories that have digital technology sewn into their very narrative fabric, underscored by original music, film and performance. Then we invite our audience into an unexpected, surprising space...
Our creative consultants include the BBC, Bristol Old Vic, Aardman, Icon Films, and Watershed. Our last production, 'The Stick House', was performed in the tunnels under Temple Meads train station in Bristol, and sold out amidst widespread acclaim. Here is a link to the trailer: https://vimeo.com/119874779
What is our latest show about?
Our latest production is called 'Ice Road'. It is set during the epic 1942 Siege of Leningrad, and follows four young people in their quest to survive when a whole city is pushed to extremes.
The German army has besieged the Russian city of Leningrad and the citizens trapped inside struggle to survive the constant bombing and rampant food shortages. In the ruins of an old orphanage four feral young strangers are compelled to join forces in order to survive. For them the ice road, that zig zags across the frozen Lake Ladoga, is the closest thing to a heaven and the brooding ominous munitions factory, with the rumours of a baba yaga, close to a hell. And when the munitions factory groans and shifts and tilts, children go missing...
Fusing Russian folklore and historical witness accounts, Ice Road uses live performance, creative technology, original music, film, smell and robotics to tell an immersive story of the children war leaves behind. In the centenary year of the Russian revolution we want to focus on another historic moment in Russian history and explore the human stories behind this harrowing and heroic time. We want to celebrate the culture of 1942, when people under duress still found the will to write poems or play music or make theatre or dance. We want this piece of theatre shot through with that culture and those stories that resonate with our contemporary culture.
The show will run for eight weeks in October-November 2017, and be performed in an abandoned swimming bath in the heart of Bristol.
'Ice Road' was shortlisted for The Space Award and is being developed with mentorship from Bristol Old Vic’s artistic director, Tom Morris.
Why do we need your help?
We are a small organisation, so have to source our funding through an array of funding grants and fundraising campaigns. The technology required for this production is pushing the boundaries of theatre and technological collaboration, and consequently we need to raise enough money to cover the cost of it.
We are really excited to be undertaking such experimental work and any donation, no matter how big or small, will help a lot!
What do people have to say about Raucous and our previous productions?
‘This Raucous production piles on atmosphere, and the mingling of performance with technology is brilliantly unobtrusive and effective. Cleverly conceived; distinctively different.’ The Guardian
‘It is theatre like you’ve never experienced before.’ Bristol 24/7
The cross between fairy tale and horror story shines through, helped by the design from internationally acclaimed opera designer Conor Murphy. His technical skills, and those of the film-makers, add significantly to the hugely atmospheric feel of the evening.’ The Stage
‘Innovative and impressive use of projected images start the show, and instantly we are transported to the bleakest recess of some Dostoyevsky novel.’ BBC
‘We were really impressed by how they pushed the boundaries of live performance for audiences, and spent some time with them exploring the potential of digital and creative technology in theatre... they have a compelling story and the ambition to create something truly new.’ Steve Vaneckis, Google Labs
Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. We are really excited about bringing this project to life and hope you are too!
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges when developing and using cutting edge technology in the theatre environment. However, we are confident that Ice Road will go ahead as we have received £99,311 in project funding from Arts Council England. Your donation will help us to make it the best show it can possibly be, and enable us to take more risks in breaking boundaries within our artform. We guarantee to be transparent, flexible and upfront throughout the development of this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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