Pics courtesy of The Paper Birds & Richard Davenport
Blind comes to mac Theatre – for one night only on Saturday 8th November. Doors open at 8pm with tickets priced at £14 (£12 concessions).
Devised and performed by Grace Savage – a beatboxer who beat Dana McKeon to become UK Champion in both the 2012 & 2013 finals, Blind is a solo show that ‘explores what young people are hearing in the world today’ and the subsequent impact those sounds have.
Starting from the storyteller’s perspective, Blind analyses what women are told about themselves and the role both genders play in today’s status quo – with a range of catalysts, from motherly advice to social media and pop songs, under scrutiny.
Produced by The Paper Birds – a Leeds based theatre company who ‘create and share devised work that is important; work that is culturally, socially and politically observational and conversationally urgent,’ Blind premièred at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Having been touring the UK since early October, Blind comes to mac in the death rattles of a 20 venue debut.
Grace Savage trained under beatboxer Belle “Bellatrix” Ehresmann, going on to take her mentor’s 2009 UK Beatboxing Champion title in the 2012-13 competitions. Recently playing ‘Jade’ in the Nadia Fall’s play Home, at the National Threatre, Savage was also part of The Vocal Orchestra – Shlomo’s ‘uplifting mash-up of intricate beatbox routines and roof raising interpretations of all times classics’.
Crossing over into a more traditional singer/songwriter territory, Savage has also worked with producer & song writer Dee Adam – recording her own material and supporting Newton Faulkener on his third album tour in 2012.
Meeting The Paper Birds after flyering for the theatre company at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Grace Savage was invited to devise a solo show ‘exploring the songs, sounds and statements our world is making and the impressions these gradually form on our lives.’
“As a beatboxer and an actress, Blind is one of the most refreshing, unique and exciting projects that I have had the privilege to work on in my career so far,” explains Savage. “There are a few beatboxing shows floating around but I think we have created something truly unique and theatrical in a way that has never been seen before.
I have admired The Paper Birds’ work for years and working with them has allowed me to integrate beatboxing with narrative in a way that feels meaningful and impactful.”
Blind – tour trailer, click here or on the image below:
Blind comes to mac Theatre – for one night only on Saturday 8th November. Doors open at 8pm with tickets priced at £14 (£12 concessions). Ed King will be there for a Birmingham Review
For more info & tickets, visit http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-paper-birds-blind/
For more on Grave Savage, visit http://www.gracesavageofficial.com/
For more on Blind / The Paper Birds, visit http://www.thepaperbirds.com/
For more from mac, including full listings across the centre, visit http://macbirmingham.co.uk/