The girl sits with attitude
Wearing chocolate-scented fragrance
Wrapped in colourful reflections
She dreams of the ocean
Running with the wolves
Clad in skin-tight femininity
The girl sits with assertion
Hearing nothing in her path
Drowned in memoirs of iconic Marilyn
Written for ‘Lilly’ by ‘Henry – ‘salt’ by Melissa Fergusson
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.
“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