• The host revisited.

      Bird, Drew; University of Derby; Original music by Matt Le Mare; Directed by Katy Tozer (Buxton Fringe Festival 2018, 2018-07-12)
      A darkly comic, fragmented tale with serious aspirations, no actors or scenery, and only one chair! This one-man show plays with the fine line between commitment and obsession; between something and nothing; between imagination and the empty space. Original music by Matt Le Mare and Directed by Katy Tozer.
    • The host#1

      Bird, Drew; University of Derby (WeAreKunst Art Gallery, Belper, 2016-10-08)
    • The host#3

      Bird, Drew; Tozer, Katy; University of Derby; Le Mare, Matt; Baron, Chris (The Maypole Café Bar and Theatre, 2018-02-10)
      A darkly comic, fragmented tale with serious aspirations, no actors or scenery, and only one chair! This one-man show plays with the fine line between commitment and obsession; between something and nothing; between imagination and the empty space. Original music by Matt Le Mare and Chris Baron, music directed by Matt Le Mare. Directed by Katy Tozer
    • The host#4

      Bird, Drew; University of Derby (European Federation of Dramatherapy 4th European Dramatherapy Conference: Borders in Action, Nürtingen, Germany., 2018-04-28)
      The performance is an ongoing solo performance that explores the borders between characters and their external and internal worlds. A host guides the audience through the performance introducing them to various characters and their worlds. A bride groom stands at the front of the church, an integrator attempts to squeeze out a password from a man bound to a chair, a cheerleader relentlessly practices her routine, an emaciated women is tied to a tree and a door waits to be opened. The external and internal world of the performer comes under close scrutiny as the host of the show attempts to pull the fragmented show together with no actors or scenery and only one chair. The performance exposes the borders of the characters rigid worlds and the transformation and energy that ensues when those world collide and elide. The performance explores the borders of the personal and autobiographical with the professional role of a Drama therapist and facilitator. The performer facilitates and guides an autobiographical performance that is informed by the research methodology known as Heuristic Inquiry. Using the characteristics of intuition and illumination the performer draws on personal material to deepen ones understanding of a Drama therapist and the importance of play in the therapeutic process. The borders between the story of the performer and the audience’s story are drawn closer together as the performance draws on mythological and existential themes. The performance approach breaks down the 4th wall, guiding the audience into a shared world and existence with the staged characters. The performance plays with the imagination and the borders between the seen and unseen and the energy that is created when separate worlds elide. Directed by Katy Tozer.
    • Then there were three - 'The show must go on'.

      Bird, Drew; University of Derby (British Association of Dramatherapists Annual Conference, 2010-09-11)
      This Theatrical show will develop ideas of Peter Brook's empty space and Lecoq's neutral space and how this utilizes the imagination. The content will be an exploration of loss, isolation and the struggle to adapt to change and the utilization of the imagination to explore somatic memory. The show will explore the memories of the body which conflict with the memories of the mind. The drama will present a show struggling to continue and how this impacts on the diminishing cast who are axed one by one as the play his financial crises. The show has been running many years and the attracted large audiences in the past and yet still continues to try and capture the glory days. The show explores the characters' struggle to reconcile the changes in the show and their difficulty responding to the changes, still replaying out the same scenes with an imaginary cast. The show develops the ideas of Psychiatrist and Hypnotherapist Milton Erikson who said there are no resistant clients just inflexible therapists. This is a development of the Buddhist idea of a fixed self and how such a narrative can impact on the ability to navigate the necessary challenges through the journey of life and as a therapist. Themes include existentialism, Jung's individuation process, rites of passage, improvisation and the development of the self and dramatherapists need to be flexible in order to attune to change and the needs of the clients. The show locates the importance of theater at the heart of the transformation process and how working with the physical body can access Stanislavsky's ideas of emotional memory and access the unconscious. The show will demonstrate the power of Brectian approaches to theater and the role the audience plays in the show as part of the shared transformation of change.