Stray Dog Productions
‘Stray Dog’ was a meeting place for writers and poets during the early 20thC in St. Petersburg. They managed to keep the venue open against all odds within Stalinist Russia.
Under the situation, they considered themselves ‘Stray Dogs’ shunted aside by society.
As a tribute to the work, energy and courage of those artists, ‘Stray Dog’ is the used as the ‘umbrella’ name for events produced at ‘The Jam Factory’.
Bridport's Sinistra Theatre Company performed at The Jam Factory, as part of Lyme Regis Arts Fest on three evenings at the end of September 2014.
Sinistra was formed eight years ago, and has become well known and loved for its sometimes bizarre and challenging productions. 'Chamber Music' was no exception. Written by Arthur Kopit in 1962, it is a black comedy played by Sinistra as live art within a spectacular setting. Against the backdrop of an asylum in the late 1930's, the characters of Amelia Earhart, Gertrude Stein, Joan of Arc, Constanze Mozart, Queen Isabella 1 of Spain, Pearl White, Susan B Anthony and Osa Johnson gather for a meeting and plot against the perceived threat of attack.
Sinistra's eighth production to date, it was a collaboration with artist Gail Sagman of Stray Dog Productions. Gail's devotion to absurdity resulted in this fortunate union with the compatible and like-minded Sinistra Theatre Company, pooling a broad range of creative talents. Expansively absurdist, 'Chamber Music' abandons rational devices and discursive thought, employing humour and poetic imagery in order to continue in an incomprehensible world.
'The Great and The Small'
This project began when a 3-D model of the Jurassaic coast was found in the Lyme Regis Museum in Dorset. On this maquette was a signpost that reads "Annapurna, 4,500 miles".
The connection between Lyme Regis and Annapurna in the Himalayas of Nepal, is a 250 million year old seam of limestone, known locally as Blue Lias and in Nepal as the Jomsom formation. The rock stretches intermittently across this great distance, ancient and largely unseen.
This interconnectedness between these two seemingly disparate places, caught our imagination and prompted us to explore further connections, both local and global.
The result of this curiosity is "The Great & The Small', an Arts Council project that took 4 British artists to Nepal for a month in 2013. It has culminated in a series of inter-disciplinary exhibitions, and this documentary website.
It is our hope that this website gives a sense of the work that was made and the relationships that were forged during this year-long project. It also becomes the next connective layer, a digital one, which we hope prompts further projects and encourages relationships to prosper between people in Nepal and England.
Please visit :- 'The Great and The Small' Website.
Offshoot live arts festival took a found diary as its starting point. The diary maps the daily life of a man living in England in 1947 who worked for an innovative organisation called 'Men of the Trees' that instigated tree plantings. Between January and May 1947, he planted 10,162 trees. A diverse group of practitioners were each given the diary and asked to respond. The artists, performance artists, painters, poets, musicians, directors, sculptors and photographers worked together for a four month period creating an interdisciplinary montage, the outcome of which was the 'Offshoots' Live Art Festival in June 2012 at the Jam Factory. Participants included: Andrew Dickson, Gail Sagman, David Turley, Karla Ptacek, Sally Crabtree, Sahnet Perez-Stubbs, Jollyon Carter, Nicholas Kalinoski, Domenic Valero, Katia Marsh, Elizabeth Richie,Julie Critchinson
'From the Absurd to the Ridiculous'
'The Absurdist Absurdity'
2009...'The Absurdest Absurdity'
2010...'From The Absurd To The Ridiculous'
Both Arts Festivals were held at 'The Jam Factory', Dorset. Each Involved local, national and international artists in all the various mediums, including performance, music, painting, sculpture, film, photography etc. Both festivals were directed in such a way, as to encourage all the participants in their particular disciplines to interrelate, both with each other and their audiences.