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From the people who make theatre at and with London Bubble

Origins and Ripples
By Helena Rice - 19 October 2018 15:29
It is a hot June day. There is an audience of about 40 people looking on. Seven women sit in an arch facing the audience, holding pots, jars, trays of dried rice. They begin to tilt and shake them, creating a growing soundscape. One woman stands and enters the centre....
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Careful Connections
By Jonathan Petherbridge - 11 January 2017 15:02
A paper given to the Performing Care Symposium, London. 15th December 2016

Thank you for coming along, and thank you Amanda and James for organising this fascinating conference.

My name is Jonathan Petherbridge, some people call me Peth. I'm 62, and I've been making theatre since...
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Peter Hills: project blog
By Amelia Bird - 09 May 2016 11:46

Throughout Spring 2016 London Bubble has been working with Year 6 of Peter Hills School in Rotherhithe to discover the history of their school. 

The fun we had with the school was part of a larger project by Southwark Council and the Rotherhithe Amicable Society to restore and conserve two 17th...
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Do you know a Noun phrase?
By Adam Annand - 05 May 2016 14:18

Early last month I sat KS2 English SAT test*. The whole experience was very enlightening. While writing down about the experience I began with excuses in case I had done very badly and let myself down (results at the bottom of the blog). 

- I ran out of time to revise - or...
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Prepping in Hiroshima: Day 3
By Jonathan Petherbridge - 01 May 2015 14:56

DAY 3: Tuesday 21st April

Money... So although we've had a day without workshops, it has allowed us to think about money. Although we've got to the second stage of this process - which I call Prepping (Stage 1 being foraging for material) - after this the money that Marigold has...
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Prepping in Hiroshima: Day 2
By Jonathan Petherbridge - 28 April 2015 15:08
DAY 2: Sunday 19th April

People turn up. And some new people too. I ask those that were present yesterday to describe one thing we did. Then Mitsaki introduces a name game where we have to remember everyone's names in a list - a sort of 'I went to...
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Prepping in Hiroshima: Day 1
By Jonathan Petherbridge - 28 April 2015 14:00
DAY 1: Saturday 18th April

If this project has any chance of happening we have to overcome 2 big blocks - and we meet these blocks today.

Block 1 - is the question if anyone is in the slightest bit interested in this project - will anyone turn...
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A view from the rehearsal room
By Chris Hallam - 05 February 2015 09:45
The audience is absolutely central to any work we do in theatre which is how I come to find myself sitting in rehearsals at London Bubble. If you want to discover how important an audience is visit a company where the audience and the actor are one and the same...
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The making of #HDV: part 3
By Jonathan Petherbridge - 12 December 2014 16:31
“ stir in 100 grams of specialist artists”.

Last week saw us running The Big Consultation. 110 lucky people were asked 3 questions about politics and their answers were recorded. Old people, young people, people on the market and students on campus were asked what politics meant to them, how they...
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The making of #HDV: part 2
By Jonathan Petherbridge - 13 November 2014 15:01
Sunday afternoon. I am making a singing banana. I am very pleased, not only has it got a mouth that sings it also has a single eye. Mastering the app Funny Movie Maker, workshop leader Alex has brought out the artist in me and a cyclops fruit can now...
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The making of #HDV: part 1
By Jonathan Petherbridge - 08 November 2014 10:46
Hopelessly De-Voted has two aims. To reflect on what we feel about how our political system works and to test the Bubble’s ‘Foraging’ process on a contemporary subject. The Foraging process sounds a bit formal but it’s just an analogy to describe what we do...
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An introduction to Vernacular Theatre
By Jonathan Petherbridge - 03 November 2014 11:46
In 2011 London Bubble started making new theatre pieces with groups of volunteer performers of all ages and backgrounds. People found the work powerful but difficult to describe - it wasn't necessarily professional or polished, but it had an authentic voice and human approach that was refreshing. In 2013 when...
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Generations Apart
By David Slater - 29 October 2012 16:19

The Observer recently reported the results of a European Social Survey that exposed the intergenerational split in our society - ‘half of us admitting we do not have a single friend over 70’. We inhabit a world of ‘generation specific’ spaces. It’s a situation that we are often tacitly complicit...
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Thoughts on Bubble community practice
By Jonathan Petherbridge (Peth) - 29 October 2012 14:56

While attending the Giving Voice conference at the V&A I heard a lot of talk about engaging the  community in direct arts participation. In most of the cases cited the participation was led by an outside Artist delivering a one-off project – eg Babel. Sometimes participants were included within a...
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This thing called Community Theatre
By Shipra Ogra - 25 October 2012 14:25

On Monday night I went to ‘Shouldn’t all theatre be community theatre' an event organised through the Young Vic’s Directors program. The panel was chaired by director Charlotte Bennett and included Erica Whyman; Chief Executive of Northern Stage, Damian Cruden; Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal, David Jubb; Joint Artistic...
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