Alma Mater @ Edinburgh Fringe
5-29 August 2011, Remarkable Arts, St George’s West (Venue 157)
Now available for touring.

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Introduction

Following a wildly successful pilot at Mackintosh’s Scotland Street School (commissioned by IETM Glasgow 2010), Fish & Game’s filmic tour for one, Alma Mater, mixes high technology with their trademark lo-fi charm.

Individual audience members enter a specially constructed, full-scale child’s bedroom to immerse themselves- via iPad- in the world of a little girl in this handheld, 21st century fairytale.

With an original score by John De Simone with experimental octet Ensemble Thing and cinematography from award-winner Anna Chaney (Choreomania, Best Student Film Celtic Media Festival), Alma Mater is a haunting meditation on family, familiarity and growing-up.

Press

Reviews

Previews

‘The collision/collusion between the real and the virtual was utterly persuasive and affecting.’ – The Herald, ‘a wonderful experience’ – Visit Scotland, ‘It’s easy to see Alma Mater creating a buzz at the festival – it’s an inspiring piece.’- The List, ‘Alma Mater is a performance unlike any other’- Conde Nast

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International Features

Media Contacts

Ruth Marsh on T: 07824468396 E: ruth_marsh@yahoo.co.uk or Dani Rae at Remarkable Arts T: 07989366830 E: dani@remarkable-arts.com

Made in Scotland

Fish & Game are proud to be part of Made In Scotland 2011

Supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, Made in Scotland aims to place a diverse programme of high quality Scottish work firmly in the festival spotlight. The showcase helps talented, Scottish-based performers and companies present and promote their work on the international stage.

Technical Information for Producers here

The Future of Alma Mater

The ‘Alma Mater’ model of creating work- immersive filmic journeys for one that can take place in small 3m x 2m sets or roam entire cities- was piloted as a special commission for the 2010 Glasgow IETM. This new piece for the Edinburgh Fringe brings together the artistic team that made the original pilot at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Scotland Street School Museum in Glasgow, and takes place within two specially constructed rooms.

This work is available for touring. For more details click here.

We use specially commissioned video and music to guide audience members through significant buildings to reveal the stories the spaces contain. The work sits between theatre, live art, film and interactive tour. The projects are immersive and vividly stimulate the senses. So far we have used the model to develop new projects for:

We are working on a variety of further uses of the Alma Mater model and are happy to discuss these with communities, venues, funders and programmers. We are particularly interested in working with buildings or sites of historical or social significance. This model can be used with communities wishing to celebrate their shared use and understanding of space and place. This approach also offers possibilities to museums, galleries and public spaces to be activated and explored in an innovative way. Please contact us if you would like to find out more or arrange a screening in Scotland Street School Museum.

Trailer

Please take a wee sneaky peek at our new teaser trailer for Alma Mater, coming to the Edinburgh Fringe in a mere couple of weeks. The finishing touches are being added to the piece and we’re polishing the iPads and noise-cancelling headphones in anticipation.  Click here to see the trailer.

Credits

Created by Fish & Game

Directed by Robert Walton and Eilidh MacAskill

Produced by Eilidh MacAskill

Cinematography by Anna Chaney

Music by John De Simone

Performed by Lucy Gaizely, Albie Gaizely-Gardiner, Lyla Gaizely-Gardiner, Raedie Gaizely-Gardiner, Gary Gardiner, Becki Gerrard, Thom Scullion and Mr Feathers.

Music Performed by Ensemble Thing – info@ensemblething.com

Musicians : Colin Broom – Conductor, Jay Capperauld – Alto Saxophone, Helena Flint – Viola, Ed Lucas – Double Bass, Ross McCrae – Trombone, Lizy Sirat – Trumpet, Seb Thirlway – Piano

Production Team – Jodie Wilkinson, Kevin Wratten, Ben Vale

Post-production – Gavin Rizza

Boxes designed and constructed by Phil Bown and Hugh Speirs

At the Fringe
Operated by Sarah Bradley, Fiona Manson, Corrie McKendrick

Thanks to
RSAMD, The Arches, all at Remarkable Arts especially Davey and Oskar
and the box moving/painting team, the Macaskill family, Jen Davies for her photography.

Created with the support of Made In Scotland 2011

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