NOW 16 Interview #2: Laura Burns



W I S H B O N E is a new show by Laura Burns in collaboration with Jo Blake Cave, Jo Hellier and Simone Kenyon. The piece follows four women as they create a ritualistic space on stage.

W I S H B O N E precedes Emma Frankland’s Rituals for Change in the opening week of NOW 16.

We caught up with Laura during rehearsals to give you a peak into what to expect…



What am I going to see?

Four women’s paths meet. An exploration of ritual, rhythm and the histories embedded in bodies and place. A patchwork of velvet, vibrating hands, a diamond formation and singing stones. Creatures will emerge in blue light and our limbs will be out of time; how to animate the place we are in and the places we have been in? We travel down to the centre of the earth to come back up again and activate one another as women. 





Why do you think this work needs to be made NOW?

The time is always NOW to see four women on stage together…





Which other weeks of NOW ’16 are you excited about and why?

Mandala is intriguing me because I love sound work and have been thinking a lot about geometry and symmetry so am keen to see this; I love DKHP and the performers in the piece this year so can’t wait to see their new work; the Ponyboy Curtis and Badass Grammar double bill is really exciting – I wonder what they both do with the gaze of the audience and how the pieces sit together.





W I S H B O N E will be showing at The Yard Theatre from 10 – 14 May as part of NOW 16, our annual festival of contemporary theatre.

Find out more about the rest of the festival including who else will be performing by clicking here.



NOW 16 Interview #1: Emma Frankland



Rituals for Change by Emma Frankland is a piece that deals with Emma’s experience of gender transition.

Alongside Laura Burns and her show W I S H B O N E, Rituals for Change will open our NOW festival on Tuesday 10 May.

We caught up with Emma during rehearsals to give you a peak into what to expect…



What am I going to see?

A live art/theatre performance that explores a gender transition and the felt experience of change through a series of devised rituals.





Why do you think this work needs to be made NOW?

At a time where certain elements of society seek to exclude and demonise trans women, it is more essential than ever to explore the complexities of these issues and how they intersect with different experiences of class, race and gender as well as the common experiences of misogyny.

Although recent developments in transgender rights and media attention have highlighted positive changes, there also exists of culture of misrepresentation.

There is a need for further awareness around the reality of transgender lives.





Which other weeks of NOW ’16 are you excited about and why?

I am really excited by the entire programme, but if I had to pick I’m really looking forward to Break Yourself by Ira Brand as I think she’s an exceptional artist and I love her work – I’ve also experienced elements of her drag alter ego and he’s changed the way I’ll view Bruce Springsteen forever… for the better.

I am also reeeeeeally excited by BADASS GRAMMAR – Rose Biggin and Keir Cooper. Full disclosure – Keir is my brother and we have collaborated many times together in the past (in fact some of his music is in Rituals for Change) but this is the first piece of theatre he has led on and I think it really will be something incredible. I know a little about it and politically it’s really exciting, but I also know Keir’s approach to making work which is rigorous, full on and beautifully silly… and it’s in double bill with Ponyboy Curtis, so that’s pretty much guaranteed to be an unforgettable night out!





Rituals for Change will be showing at The Yard Theatre from 10 – 14 May as part of NOW 16, our annual festival of contemporary theatre.

Find out more about the rest of the festival including who else will be performing by clicking here.