Carolling Success!

posted 15 Dec 2011, 09:00 by Pip Productions

Thank you Peter Coldham, Fiona Goldsworthy, Robert Morrison, Sarah Baldwin, Rebecca Hamway, Jessica Frick, Karen Heslin, Magnus Paterson, Ed Drury, Deirdre Mullins, Octavia Pollock, Eugene Amusin and all the other singers who lent us their beautiful voices!

This week we battled the elements to help raise a respectable £130 for a solar panel to light up a home and business in the depth of rural Kenya thanks to some very impressive carol-singing outside High Street Kensington Station and at Columbia Flower Market! WELL DONE!

Pip Productions is now on holiday until Tuesday 2nd January 2012 although henriette@pipproductionsltd.co.uk will be able to respond to emails after 27th December 2012.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

N.B. For more pictures from our busking events visit: www.lightsensored.com/archives/97.

Pip Productions December Newsletter

posted 1 Dec 2011, 05:21 by Pip Productions   [ updated 1 Dec 2011, 05:24 ]

For a third year running Pip Productions will be accompanying the festive season with Christmas carols! This year we're teaming up with Eugene Amusin to help raise money for a solar panel to light up a home and business in the depth of rural Kenya.

You are warmly invited to come and hear us and join in too on Sunday 11th December at
Columbia Flower Market (11am - 1pm) and on Tuesday 13th December outside High Street Kensington Station (6.30pm - 8pm). We'll be singing a new repertoire of much-loved carols and there may be a few surprises too!


Development Workshop at Young Vic

posted 1 Oct 2011, 04:04 by Pip Productions

We're looking for a few actors to take part in a short process of exploration at the Young Vic Theatre this coming Monday 3rd October between 2pm and 6pm. This is for a NEW musical written by actress Viktoria Sadovskaya-Chilap. Pip's Artistic Director, Henriette Baker, met Vikie when she studied at GITIS Academy in Moscow six years ago - Vikie is now an established actress and has written an unusual coming-of-age story about a young woman finding her place in London (having never set foot here!). In this first workshop Henriette will be working with performers to devise dialogue for the opening scene of the piece.

Date: Monday 3rd October 2011
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Place: Young Vic Theatre, The Maria
Fee: £5 travel expenses

Interested? Contact henriette@pipproductionsltd.co.uk for more details...

Invisible Dust - short film about BICYCLE THIEVES

posted 3 Jul 2011, 05:59 by Pip Productions   [ updated 19 Jul 2011, 08:29 ]

A brilliant short film made by the Invisible Dust team about BICYCLE THIEVES at the View Tube - take a peek

IdeasTap Green Fund

posted 22 Jun 2011, 01:05 by Pip Productions

BICYCLE THIEVES has has been short listed for the IdeasTap Green Fund! 
62 projects were put forward, 16 have been short listed and 8 IdeasTap members will win £5,000 each to realise creative projects that either address green issues or are produced in an environmentally sustainable manner. Fingers firmly crossed!

HACKNEY CITIZEN - Bicycle Thieves: at the View Tube and Folly for a Flyover

posted 22 Jun 2011, 00:54 by Pip Productions   [ updated 22 Jun 2011, 00:59 ]

Bicycle Thieves: at the View Tube and Folly for a Flyover

Friday 1 – Wednesday 6 July 2011

Julia Ross
Tuesday 21 June 2011

An outdoor theatre production of Bicycle Thieves – based on Luigi Bartolini’s novel Ladri di Biciclette- will be performed at The View Tube in Stratford during July as a part of the Bicycle Wheel and CREATE festivals.

In an original retelling of this classic story- already the subject of Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 cult film- traditional bicycles have been replaced by BMX bikes. The reason for this, director Henriette Baker explains, is to keep the story’s dramatic impetus intact within a contemporary setting.

“In the film, when the character gets his bicycle stolen it’s life or death. I wanted to find an environment where it was this life or death situation. In the world of BMXing your bike’s your livelihood.”

For Baker, the power of Bicycle Thieves lies in the simplicity of the plot and the “wonderful father and son relationship” at its heart. The theme of social realism, she feels, is indivisible from the emotional pull of the characters themselves.

The audience, she says, can look forward to “a surprising rollercoaster. I want them to be out of breath, emotionally. What I want is a real, theatrical experience.”

As a part of this, professional BMXers are performing alongside actors and Baker has worked with bicycle choreographer Paddy Waters and DJ Etienne Tron to weave BMX displays into the action.

The project was originally envisaged as a moving set, with the audience cycling behind the bicycle chase which unfolds. Although the production at The View Tube will be largely stationary, some element of this physical experience will remain. Following collaboration with the environmental arts and education organisation, Magnificent Revolution, all electricity used by the show will be generated entirely by actors and audience members pedalling on bicycle generators.

Baker acknowledges that this is “a bit of an experiment … It’s suddenly bringing quite a technical thing into a theatrical production. It’s very necessary to the story, though, for the audience to experience the thrills of the chase on the bicycles.”

This environmentally responsible approach- and its celebration of the bicycle- wholly compliment the ethos of The View Tube.

Conceived of originally to provide panoramic sights of the Olympic Park, the venue’s manager Rosie Murdoch says ‘My job is to make this about more than just The Olympics and 2012. It’s to work with local groups in the community.’

“We always need to programme activities that make sense for our visitors. Something like sustainable travel makes sense because there is no vehicle access to The View Tube. So if people walk or cycle here they’re already in that mindset. From here- where cycling is concerned- there’s a perfectly sensible leap from a practical commuter past time to actual dance and art form.”

Sustainability is key to The View Tube’s entire running. Vegetables and basil for the café are grown in a garden on site. Any supplies they do require from outside must be delivered by bicycle. For Murdoch, once again, an important element of this is challenging the mindsets of the people they work with. “I think it’s a really important message that we give out in as many of our projects as we can … certainly bicycles are the heart of our programme this year.”

Shortlisted for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2011, Bicycle Thieves is performing at The View Tube from Friday 1 – Wednesday 6 July.

Tickets are £8, or £5 with concessions. Book here.

To read full article visit http://hackneycitizen.co.uk/2011/06/21/bicycle-thieves-at-the-view-tube-and-folly-for-a-flyover/

Pip Productions June 2011 Newsletter

posted 20 Jun 2011, 00:43 by Pip Productions   [ updated 22 Jun 2011, 01:04 ]

BICYCLE THIEVES opens in less than two weeks and tickets are selling fast so if you haven’t already got yours do book at http://bicyclethieves.ticketsource.co.uk/. In this June newsletter we are delighted to introduce the BICYCLE THIEVES cast who are now busily rehearsing with director Henriette Baker in the rehearsal rooms of Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Cole : Josh Briars
Harry : Joshua Ellershaw
Kyle : Yinka Thomas
Mikey : James Lamb
Officer Gooding : Toby W. Davies
BMXer : Matthieu Becker

BICYCLE THIEVES will be showing from 1 - 6 of July, at 7pm each evening as part of Bicycle Wheel at theView Tube. Bicycle Wheel is an Arts Council England funded series of artist commissions involving Berlin-based architects Köbberling & Kaltwasser, London's renowned installation artist Gavin Turk with industrial designer Ben Wilson, local artist Colin Priest and us!

If you can’t make our Bicycle Wheel dates do not fear as we have also been invited to do a special performance of BICYCLE THIEVES at Folly For a Flyover on July 17th. Folly For a Flyover is the winner of this year'sCREATE Art Award and will be transforming the cavernous undercroft where the A12 crosses the Lea Navigational Canal. Conceived and constructed by the not-for-profit collective Assemble out of reclaimed wood and donated materials, Folly For a Flyover will host a five week programme of waterside cinema and live events.BICYCLE THIEVES will be performed here for one night only on Sunday 17th July at 7:30pm.

You may have already caught a glimpse of BICYCLE THIEVES as the CREATE
posters are going up all over town, including right outside of our HQ!

There will also be a free CREATE newspaper handed out all over London throughout the Festival (24 June – 25 July) so make sure you grab yourself a copy! Those local to Hackney will also be able to read an interview in the Hackney Citizen this week with Henriette Baker and Rosie Murdoch (Manager of the View Tube).

Our fourth video-blog is now uploaded to the Pip Productions website detailing a very enjoyable day with Magnificent Revolution learning all about how to make and work our pedal powered generators for BICYCLE THIEVES. We learnt everything from the way electrons move to how to power our own music. The workshop took pace in the Green Lens Studio in Finsbury Park, the first sustainable photography studio in the UK. We cannot wait to put all this power pedalled knowledge into practise to generate electricity for the ghetto music soundscapes by Etienne Tron that will accompany the story of BICYCLE THIEVES.

Finally, the Pip Productions WeFund campaign has gone fantastically so far but we still need a final push (exactly £243!) to reach our target. A few more pledges will make all the difference - unfortunately if we don't hit our funding target all our generous pledges are cancelled. Many, many thanks for your kind support and do check out www.wefund.co.uk/project/bicycle-thieves for all the good perks we will give you for your pledges!

Pip's Tips
  • BICYCLE THIEVES - For all the latest updates over the next two weeks keep visiting our website, facebook page and twitter feed and most importantly don't miss it from 1-17 July 2011 at the View Tube and at Folly For a Flyover.
  • CREATE11 - All the events that are a part of this unique arts festival celebrating the wealth of home-grown artistic talent, cultural institutions and iconic arts venues that thrive in East and South East London. 
  • BICYCLE WHEEL - The whole programme of art and cycling events curated by Alice Sharp for The View Tube Art. 
  • InTRANSIT - InTRANSIT is back this summer and launches with three days of unique events staged at the former Commonwealth Institute from 15-17 July. Rambert Dance Company, Opera Holland Park, the London Contemporary Orchestra and others have come together to devise new audio-kinetic adventures within this iconic building on Kensington High St.

Pip Productions May 2011 Newsletter

posted 11 May 2011, 04:30 by Pip Productions

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This month sees the much anticipated opening of the box office for BICYCLE THIEVES at The View TubeGet your tickets (£8 or £5 for concessions) online by visiting Ticket Source here and book early to avoid missing out on this summer’s hottest ticket!

This Monday 9th May BICYCLE THIEVES' director, Henriette Baker, and bicycle choreographer, Paddy Waters met with local flatland and street BMXers at The View Tube – check out our latest video-blog here for a sneak peak at what we got up to.

Our We Fund campaign is going well and we have managed to raise well over a third of our total so thank you thank you to all our wonderful supporters!  For those of you who have not pledged yet, don’t panic, we still have two thirds of our funding to go and lots of rewards in return.  To find out more go to www.wefund.co.uk/project/bicycle-thieves 

BICYCLE THIEVES has also been featured on the fantastic Going Going Bike Blog, a website for all things cycling.  Follow this link to read the full article.

We are also very excited to reveal our new BICYCLE THIEVES publicity image featuring photographer Paul Bence’s iconic image from last summer against the ever-growing Olympic Park!

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So as the count down towards the opening night begins so does the casting!  For the next few weeks we'll be seeing the best of the best BMXing actors to find our perfect cast in time for rehearsals next month.

• Pip's Tips •
  • THE ARCHBISHOP AND THE ANTICHRIST at Soho Theatre as part of CONVICTIONS, a Festival of new plays by prisoners and ex-prisioners running from 16 - 21 May. (If you’re a Genesis Director buy one ticket and get one FREE for the show on Monday 16th May, 7.45pm by quoting ‘Director’) 
  • I AM THE WIND by Jon Fosse, English language version by Simon Stephens, directed by Patrice Chéreau at the Young Vic. Pip Productions’ Artistic Director, Henriette Baker will be watching the show tomorrow and can’t wait - it’s Patrice Chéreau’s first ever English language stage production and it’s tipped to be unlike anything you’ve seen before. Running from 3 - 21 May (Follow @pipproductions on Twitter to find out what Henriette thought of the production)
  • BETTY BLUE EYES directed by Richard Eyre and based on the hilarious comic film A PRIVATE FUNCTION by Alan Bennet and Malcolm Mowbray. Don’t miss this wonderful new musical at the Novello Theatre, until 28th January 2012
  • THE SITE produced by Pip Productions' Strategy and Development Intern, Pippa Howie, as part of Roundhouse Theatre’s Accidental Festival on 21st and 22nd May

Take part in a BMX AND THEATRE WORKSHOP - Monday 9th May

posted 2 May 2011, 07:32 by Pip Productions   [ updated 9 May 2011, 04:47 ]

Theatre director Henriette Baker and bicycle acrobat Paddy Waters are developing an outdoor production of BICYCLE THIEVES (based on the story which made the Italian classic film), which combines theatre with flatland and street BMX choreography. The show is being created for The View Tube, next to the Olympic site, as part of CREATE11 and will run from 1st - 6th July

We're looking for BMXers interested in taking part and we're running a FREE BMX & THEATRE WORKSHOP this coming Monday 9th May at The View Tube (nearest station is Pudding Mill Lane DLR) to introduce the project. If you think this might be for you then come along at 6pm and find out!

Email henriette@pipproductionsltd.co.uk or call 07841651200 for more information and check out our event page on Facebook here.

posted 7 Apr 2011, 00:21 by Pip Productions   [ updated 7 Apr 2011, 00:23 ]

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