1. Where did you get the name ‘The Lucid Collective’ from? What does it mean?
Words have always been important to us. Obviously, they’re fundamental to communication, but
in a modern world a lot more hangs on literal meanings when so much of our conversations no
longer happen face-to-face.
‘The’ denotes one or more people assumed to be common knowledge. It’s a word often
overlooked, but if you ever happen to look at it in its context, there’s an inherent assumption
that the word’s user thinks you know what they’re talking about it. ‘Lucid’ refers to clear
expression and ease of understanding, or the period of clarity between intervals of insanity.
‘Collective’ evidently refers to a group of people. Tying all of these words together serves to
underscore our mission to outfit the current man in timeless attire.
2. What makes ‘The Lucid Collective’ different?
Our goal was never to be different, exactly. A good way of illustrating this point is to look at what
was happening with the menswear market at the time we came onto the scene; hundreds of
small-time brands were cropping up. Each of these brands came into being saying that they could
do exactly what everybody else was – so why should they buy from somebody else what they can
produce themselves? The problem with this mentality is that it aims purely and simply to
emulate. It does not innovate.
The Lucid Collective’s aim is to establish its own path, with an eye trained on how best to create
enduring, fashionable pieces. We’re not terribly interested in what other companies are doing.
3. Who is your biggest influence style-wise?
There is no one individual who has been of specific influence, which echoes our intent to create
as opposed to emulate. However, we’ve obviously got huge appreciation for and understanding
of what was happening in the men’s fashion arena prior to our arrival. In that sense, it’d be men
such as Muhammad Ali, Sinatra and James Dean.
4. What do you like most about #projectsalt?
The opportunity to collaborate with creative individuals from different backgrounds.
5. Do you relate to ‘Lilly’ or ‘Henry’? Why? Why not?
The beauty of the piece is that anybody can relate to either of the characters; they’re both
extreme representations of different facets of every person. Lilly has an unpredictable, raw nerve
and this lust for life. But she’s scared, and at times that cripples her emotionally to the extent
where she lashes out. Henry is experiencing a collision of his fantasy and reality, and it doesn’t
measure up for him. He’s never ventured to carve his own reality, but has somehow fallen into it.
6. What has it been like to collaborate with ‘charlatan clinic’?
It’s been interesting getting an insight into the character building process; observing Fergusson’s
direction of her actors.
Having worked to this point predominantly online (both with customer interactions, and in the
sales process), we often don’t get face-to-face with the individuals across the globe who wear our
clothing. To come into a process where fragments of a character are being pieced together in
order to form a cohesive person, and then to clothe that person, has been an interesting
experience. Clothing reflects so much about an individual, and we feel we’re playing a pivotal
role in how the characters are presented to and interpreted by the audience.
Working with creatives in other fields always serves to generate some interesting ideas, too. It’s
important not to box yourself into your niche – it’s a tiny and quickly stagnating place from which
to draw inspiration.
7. In your view, what style does ‘Lilly’ have?
Lilly is a futuristic, monochromatic Marilyn Monroe.
8. What about Henry’s fashion sense?
Henry is an accountant, and lives with his mother. He’s challenging. Our first thoughts concerned
his reservation in life being reflected in the clothing he wore. Considering the deeper levels of
his psyche, however, we came to the conclusion that he’s dressed himself to accord with his
fantasy. As such, he’s almost trendy, but in a very mechanical manner.
9. What is next for The Lucid Collective?
You can view The Lucid Collective’s ‘Volume One’ short film here:
charlatan clinic’s dramatic new work, ‘salt’ begins Wednesday, 13 November at The Williamson, upstairs in The Private Meeting Room in Ponsonby. The season runs until Saturday 16 November.
‘Henry lives at home with his Mother and is besotted with Lilly. He has been secretly stalking Lilly for 2 years, when they finally met face-to-face and spend 7 hours together, one Friday afternoon. Love meets obsession.’
‘charlatan clinic’ have introduced tweet seats and tweet reviews for their event #projectsalt.
Fergusson has recently been interviewed by Justin Gregory for ‘Arts on Sunday’ broadcasting on 3 November, focussing on the social media engagement for the project and the interactive love questionnaire.
The cast of ‘salt’ playing Henry (Coen Falke) and Lilly (Jess Holly Bates) have both blogged about their characters and #projectsalt journey on the charlatan clinic blog.
The Williamson Private Meeting Room is an alternative space that has being transformed into an intimate theatrical experience, seating up to 60 patrons per show.
‘salt’ is proudly sponsored by Foxes Island Wine, Tokyo Food, Tokyo Liquor, NZ Stage, The Makeup School, Vixen Vintage Boutique, Lucid Collective, The Williamson, Barefoot Casting and Bianca Fallon Media Makeup.
“Playing Lilly is a treat. Lilly is an unstable extrovert, highly sexual, smart, inattentive, easily bored, fascinated by the darker mores in life. She imagines herself to be an extremist – and makes choices based on a flirtation with a polarised position, which sits in opposition to her dry-mouthed, cardboard, and largely absent father figure. ” – Jess Holly Bates, ‘salt’
“There are so many avenues, which you can go down in this piece, individuals perspective, social stigma, mental disabilities, art and creators. It’s a very rich piece. I personally enjoy exploring the push and pull between the characters, as to me it feels that they are both pushing each others’ boundaries.
My rehearsal experience has been a new one for myself, all of which has been on the character development front. I am enjoying the process, as it is opening up a new avenue. Working together with Jess and our Director Melissa is great. Both are so into what they do, it has been a lot of fun discovering the piece.” – Coen Falke, ‘salt’
charlatan clinic is back for Spring 2013 after a year’s hiatus with their new work ‘salt’ and the birth of ‘tweet seats’ and ‘tweet reviews’.
charlatan clinic’s previous work includes, ‘pURe’, ‘Motherlock’, ‘The Artefact Project’ and Gary Henderson’s ‘Skin Tight’.
“Social medialite” Melissa Fergusson uses multiple platforms for interactive audience engagement and will be combining her love of all things social media with theatre in ‘salt’. charlatan clinic under the direction of Fergusson will use their ‘Kred’ and ‘Klout’ to reach a vast online audience.
‘salt’, a thriller on stage, is the brain child of Fergusson, playwright and director, and contains themes of unrequited love and mental health. Fergusson conducted love questionnaires to a controlled group to ascertain perspectives on love and the places it takes you. When asked what discoveries this led to Fergusson asserts “there were common themes, everyone remembered their first love around the age of 5 and what ‘butterflies’ felt like”.
‘salt’ tastes bittersweet. Lilly (Jess Holly Bates) and Henry (Coen Falke) only know each other in passing. Henry is a loner; works in finance and lives at home with his mother. He has been secretly stalking Lilly for 2 years. Henry finally meets Lilly face-to-face and they spend 7 hours together, one Friday afternoon. Love meets obsession.
Jess Holly Bates has credits such as “The Heretic” – ATC, “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” – Silo Theatre, and series regular ‘Shay’ on “Nothing Trivial: series II”.
Coen Falke has credits such as “The Motel”, film “The Emperor” and TV shows “Jono Project” and “Shortland Street”.
charlatan clinic will be sprinkling some ‘salt’ throughout Auckland Central with impromptu experiential theatre experiences.
‘salt’ performing on stage 13 – 16 November 2013
The Williamson, 1 Williamson Avenue, Ponsonby (old fire station)
Tickets available through http://www.iticket.co.nz
Hash tag event: #projectsalt
Contact: Amanda Turner – Producer for charlatan clinic