Borderline Vultures 6th - 28th October 2012

"Borderline Vultures is a treat for the intrepid. The experience feels like being trapped inside the pages of Beckett’s Endgame, or else an episode of Salad Fingers." Sara Cocker, What's On Stage

"There are some wonderful things to explore. Each room is full of intriguing and curious objects. The design team has created something quite magical." Tracey Lowe, The Public Reviews

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These beautiful photographs were taken by Nick Harrison.

Visit his website to view more of his work, Harrison Phair photography.

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Audience reaction

"A feast of sensory experiences." Audience member

"Moments from last night's Borderline Vultures keep hijacking my mind today." Audience member

"I Had no idea what to expect and still don't know if the fire alarm was real!?" Audience member

"Ensemble playing at its best. Something I will not be able to forget for a long while." Audience member

"An absolute must-do." Audience member

The Cast of Borderline Vultures
directed by Mel Cook

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Meline Danielewicz
Meline is experienced in opera and circus aerial work. Her credits include Marina Abramovic's Manifesto Marathon, Faust and Masque of the Red Death, both with Punchdrunk and productions at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Young Vic, Tobacco Factory, New Wolsey Theatre, New Vic and Trevor Nunn's recent production of The Tempest at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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Matthew Ganley
Matthew trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Awards include the DaDa; Manchester Theatre Award - Best Studio Performance 2011; BBC Best Online Audio Drama. Theatre includes The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (No.1 Tour) and The Duchess Of Malfi (Shakespeare’s Globe). As a musician, Matthew played at the Roadhouse, Music Box and the Galpharm Stadium (with an audience of 40,000).

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Ashley Gerlach
Ashley trained at MMU School of Theatre. Theatre includes The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth and Text Generation (Unicorn Theatre) and Herons (Falling Leaves). Ashley performed in a rehearsed reading of Mogadishu with the Royal Exchange for the Lyric Theatre, directed by Matthew Dunster.

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Susi Wrenshaw
Susi trained at MMU School of Theatre and in Poland with Song of the Goat / Jerzy Grotowski Centre for Theatre and Culture Research. Susi has worked with Stan's Cafe, one of the most cutting edge experimental theatre companies working nationally and internationally. She has devised work with Point Blank, Happystorm and Mark Murphy, founder of V-Tol, including The Black Box for The Lowry.

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Seda Yildiz
Seda is bilingual (English/Turkish) and was one of three UK Ambassadors chosen for the Beijing Olympics Closing Ceremony. She has performed with Kneehigh and Frantic Assembly along with site specific productions for 19:29 and Compagnie de l'Escalier. Other theatre includes Fret (National Theatre Studio) and Savages (Royal Court).

Laura Lindsay
Laura trained at Arden School of Theatre 2007-2010. Theatre includes: You Once Said Yes (Lowry: InOnTheAct), All Because of Molly (Lowry Studio & NW tour), The Interpreter (24:7 Theatre Festival), The Enemy Within (RNCM). She co-wrote and starred in Hidden, selected for The Library Theatre's Re:play festival in January 2013. TV: Prisoners' Wives, Farmers' Hovis advert. She recently recorded radio play China Girl, for BBC Radio 4, due for transmission in December. Spotlight CV.

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Jessica Hallows
Jessica trained at Bretton Hall and at the Manchester School of Acting. Theatre includes: Perspectives: Inhabited (Organised Chaos), May-Viz Cleans Up (Shed Theatre Co.), Stand by Me (Milk and Two Sugars Theatre Company), Robots of Death (Balloon Head Productions), No Place Like Home (24:7 Theatre Festival), Stuff Happens (Cat’s Paw Theatre), Twelfth Night (Powerhouse). Film: Little Monster (Winterbourne Productions)

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Hayley Showman
Hayley trained at the Manchester School of Acting and is represented by Lime. Theatre includes: Thinking Out Loud: Tales with a Twist; Thinking Out Loud: An affair to remember, (The Milk and Two Sugars Theatre Company). Hayley's most recent filming project was a MediaFour campaign outlining the effects of domestic violence. Previous film credits include Choose Well (NHS Films) and When Scarlet Fades (True Productions).

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Davinia Jokhi
Davinia trained at the North Cheshire Theatre College. Theatre includes Lark Rise (Royal Exchange), Not in my Name (National Tour), Behind Closed Doors (Hyde Festival Theatre) and Oh What a Lovely War (Palace Theatre). TV: Royal Bank of Scotland Recruitment Campaign (corporate) and various commercials. Radio: Nova Star Hunters and Not the BBC (both on i-tunes).
Davinia co-founded IntheRed Theatre Company who have successfully produced 3 plays are currently developing new writing projects for 2013.

Plus special guest appearances from: Rebekah Harrison, Rachel Priest, Emmy Fyles and Zoe Iqbal.

Musical Finale provided by...

Ed Speed - DJ
Tom Draper - DJ
The Gelatos - Live swing music

The Gelatos are a high energy all live (piano, double bass, sax/clarinet), all singing jazz trio playing songs from the 40's & 50's with an Italian Twist..

Between them, the Gelatos have a wealth of musical experience, with Peter and Siena being members of the UK's no.1 western swing band The Swing Commanders, and Bex being a composer and musical director for Theatre companies such as Northern Broadsides, Mikron, and Bolton octagon... As a trio The Gelatos are electric with fun, flavor and Italian spice!

The mix includes crooning hits including How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning?, Come Fly With Me) and Italian classics (Mambo Italiano, Volare, Just a Gigolo! For bookings contact Siena on 07957 696421

Creative Team and Crew

Director: Mel Cook
Executive Producers: Susi Wrenshaw and Matthew Ganley
Producer: Jenna Omeltschenko
Technical Designer: Jason Crouch
Design Consultant: Alison Heffernan
Stage Manager: Amy Chandler
Technician: Dan Pearson
Lighting Designer: Alex Johnston
Sound Designer: Jon McLeod
Casting Assistance: Alex Barclay

Design Team: Lisa de Cunha, Jess Killen, Vanessa Lilley, Sean McGrath, Rosa Vaughan and Enya Koster

Lisa de Cunha
Lisa graduated from University of Salford earlier this year with a First Class Honours in Visual Arts. During the course she was given the opportunity to study in Porto, Portugal as part of the Erasmus exchange programme for 6 months in 2011 to expand her skills at Universidade do Porto. Lisa's usual practise is painting but has also found an interest in body painting and print making.

Enya Koster
Enya is a passionate story-teller, her want for people to connect with other imaginary realities is why she wants to get involved with theatre. Recently graduating from Manchester School of Art with a degree in Interactive Arts, she wanted to explore outside her known skills in prop/doll making, story telling, film and puppetry which lead her into a fantastical imaginarium that presided in Borderline Vultures.

Sean McGrath
Sean is a qualified carpenter and graduated in BA Fine Art from UWE(Bristol) in 2011. He has worked with Heritage Opera on 'Mansfield Park'(2011) as prop maker
and 'The Marriage of Figaro' (2012) set construction. He also works freelance as a gallery technician with the Chinese Arts Centre and recently installed work at the Liverpool Biennial for 'Hong Kong - City States'.

Jessica Killen
At Manchester School of Art, Jessica Killen successfully completed the BA (Hons) Embroidery which allowed her to work in a number of mediums such as paper, fabric, paint, stitch and mixed media. She specialised in the construction of large-scale image based installations and three-dimensional structures. Her final degree project revealed her passion for working with materials to a large scale, working in different spaces and creating fantasy worlds.

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A note from Director, Mel Cook

Immersive theatre creates an encompassing alternate world, with its own logic and rules, which the audience enters into fully.

Experiential theatre builds stories in which how an audience chooses to interact (or not) with this world has a direct impact on the unique narrative event they experience.

The audience has unbound freedom to explore the space and uncover its secrets. There is no prescribed (or proscribed) path, no right (or wrong) way to interact. Any action which causes no physical harm is allowed.

No two people will ever have the same experience; everyone chooses their own adventure.

Refusing the call is also a choice.

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