www.feraltheatre.co.uk

From the Latin, Fera, meaning a wild beast:

A feral organism is one that has escaped from domestication and returned, partly or wholly, to its wild state.
Feral: [its] presence may also excite domestic animals and push them to escape.

Feral Theatre is a unique company creating magical, mythical theatre. We aim to reach a wide range of people, bringing inspirational theatre to both conventional and unconventional spaces. We like to perform in green spaces as well as derelict or forgotten buildings, private homes, community spaces and theatres. We use storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry and music in our shows. We adapt each performance for each new space and audience, interweaving fixed pieces with improvisation. We are inspired by the time, season, and place we are in as well as the people we perform to.

We explore themes and stories with the aim of bridging the gap between:

  • the inner world and the outside world
  • the audience and their environment
  • the ancient and the contemporary
  • the theatrical and the personal.

We want our theatre to move the audiences we work with, we want to stir up conversation, questions; we want to create a fun and vibrant experience for all ages that makes difficult themes such as death, fear, loss and isolation bearable and beautiful.

“Viewing a performance is action. It is work. The audience, just like the actors, must be active during a performance.“ Eugenio Barba

We combine our skills to create a unique kind of theatre that hopes to embody and represent the wild parts in each of us — the creative, the aware, the questioning, the emotional, the alive, the free…

“It is not by accident that the pristine wilderness of our planet disappears as the understanding of our own inner wild fades…” Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Feral Theatre and Ecopsychology

”The rejuvenation of oral culture is an ecological imperative.” David Abram

E.O. Wilson coined the term biophilia to describe “the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” He suggested that the deep affiliations humans have with nature are rooted in our biology.

Feral Theatre is part of a growing international biophilic art movement. There are many thousands of artists with ideas and methods that cut through the dominant ‘green’ discourse of environmentalist rhetoric. At the centre of this for Feral is the belief that art is a way to bring us into awareness of this deep connection with life.

We make theatre in a quest to find a way back into relationship with the more-than-human, as well as with the human other. The longed-for outcomes of Feral Theatre’s work are eco-centric: fomenting connections, exploring and expanding the interface between art and ecological learning. Feral theatre encourages us to perceive things anew, taking place as it does outdoors and outside conventional theatre spaces.

We believe that through the processes of theatre we can move towards an expanded, ecological sense of self. On this journey we edge into unfamiliar territory, pushing at the boundaries of the individual self-construct. The Feral theatre devising process offers vital tools in the quest for a deeper sense of connection with the fragile world around us.

“One of the vehicles which allows man to have access to another level of perception is to be found in the art of performance.“

Peter Brook

Published on June 1, 2010 at 9:10 am  Leave a Comment  

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