The Jones Collective and Plastique Fantastique planned on spending this year in the forests and woods of Wales, sharing their artistic collaboration FRANK, a show about the real life of Frank Thomas, snake anti-venom factory worker, spoken word artist and bee-keeper. Like most people our plans had to change, and conversations under the canopy were traded for video calls and virtual connections.
Though we missed the trees, the time to think meant time to explore. Yena Young (Plastique Fantastique) and Buddug James Jones (Jones Collective) continued to collaborate, and reached out to experts to explore themes and topics pertinent to their collaboration. Thanks to funding from The German Embassy and the Goethe-Institut London their creative discourse was recorded and these conversations are now available as a podcast series.
Listen to the podcasts by following this link.
Episode 1: NATURE – guest Dr Ruth Allen
Psychotherapist Dr Ruth Allen joins us to talk about NATURE and the healing power of stepping outside.
Ruth Allen is an (eco)psychotherapist, facilitator and writer, based in the Peak District, UK. Ruth specialises in outdoor practice, nature connectedness and working with mind, body and movement inside and out. She is particularly interested in the relationships we have with each other, with ourselves and with the rest of nature, as well as the meaning we make of our lives. Her first book, Grounded, will be published in spring 2021.
Episode 2: GATHERING – guest Owen Grifiiths
With Artist Owen Griffiths we explore the inherent optimism in GATHERING and what brings people together.
This podcast will be available on Thursday 3 December
Episode 3: SPACE – guests Steve McCloy and Bongani Muchemwa.
Getting a new perspective, we talk SPACE with architects Steve McCloy and Bongani Muchemwa, where Bud discovers her dream home.
This podcast will be available on Thursday 17 December
FRANK is co-produced by the Jones Collective & National Theatre Wales in collaboration with Plastique Fantastique, and supported by Natural Resources Wales and Arts Council of Wales. Originally scheduled for spring 2020, FRANK will appear in the forests of Wales in 2021. Details will be announced in due course.
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THE JONES COLLECTIVE is led by long term collaborators Buddug James Jones and Jesse Briton. Collaborating with people and communities particularly in rural areas, the Jones Collective explore contemporary social issues in Wales and the World.
Their multi-award winning bi-lingual production ‘Hiraeth’ premiered at the Edinburgh fringe in 2014 after winning the Ideastap Underbelly Award and garnered critical acclaim: “Undoubtedly this year’s find.” ★★★★ Evening Standard, “There are laughs and tears, both on and off stage, in a charming piece.” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide. ‘Hiraeth’ subsequently enjoyed sold out rural tours of Wales, England, Scotland, and New Zealand reaching over 3,500 audience members.
Alongside developing ‘FRANK’ the Jones Collective have worked with Syrian Refugees while in residence at The Welfare, Ystradgynlais as part of Theatr Iolo’s Platfform and with communities in South Devon on an intergenerational project supported by Villages in Action.
PLASTIQUE FANTASTIQUE are temporary architecture specialists based in Berlin. Specialising in pneumatic installations as alternative, adaptable, low energy spaces for temporary and ephemeral activities, their work has been enjoyed around the world since 1999. In the past Plastique Fantastique have primarily explored the performative potential of urban spaces, and their collaboration with the Jones Collective is a significant expansion of their practise into rural and semi-rural environments.