MIL-STD-1815 is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration that began in London in 2012 and was developed with the support of the Au Brana Cultural Centre in rural southern France; the Au Brana Creative Residency 2013 allowed the collaborators to work and live in close proximity for two weeks exchanging practice and ideas. Science became choreography, scenes were built from lectures and mathematical principles used to compose music.Our aim is to create a provocative, interdisciplinary, theatrical piece that tangles created characters with current philosophical and scientific debate, imagined situations of the future, with fantastical historical characters including Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Charles Babbage, Lord Byron and Snow White. Working with a company of actors, musicians, technicians, theatre practitioners and a scientist, we are exploring the potential shared praxis between our differing methodologies allowing the result to influence, not only the content, but the form and theatrical language of the finished piece and through this our own practices. Au Brana is a residential centre for performance research and practice in rural southern France, founded in 2005 by Kate Hannah Perry and Oliviero Papi.
MIL-STD-1815 has been created by:
Sherrill Gow: Writer/Director.
Sherrill has directed numerous off-west end, site-specific and educational theatre projects. From 2007-2011 she was an Associate Director at The King’s Head Theatre, London where she managed the Trainee Director programme and directed productions. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she teaches directing, methods of devising performance, acting, and directs productions.
Merryn Owen: Writer/Director.
Merryn has performed in shows for companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Arcola Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange, in the West End, across the UK, Europe and the USA. He has created and collaborated on work for the Glastonbury Festival, the Crossing Border Festival in The Hague, RSC Education and at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Kingston University. He teaches acting at ArtsEd London.
Mark Bishop: Writer/Scientific Advisor
Professor of Cognitive Computing. Goldsmith’s University. Chair of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour.
Stephen Hudson: Performer/Movement.
Stephen is an actor and composer working within commercial and subsidised theatre. He also works as an actor trainer, specializing in Meyerhold’s Biomechanics and the work of Mikhail Chekhov. He has his own training and production company, ‘The Brighton Laboratory’ devising work primarily for the Brighton Festival.
Julia Jade-Duffy: Performer/Movement.
Julia moved from the USA to London to train at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Prior to moving overseas, she trained at the New Hampshire School of Ballet and studied Kinesiology and Environmental Science at St Edwards University, Austin, Texas. She has played Juliet in Romeo & Juliet and collaborated with inmates of HMP Erelstoke on a production of West Side Story.
Ian Brandon: Composer
Ian's work as a Composer includes: Notes From My Shelf (Battersea Barge), Big Bruvva (Edinburgh Festival), On Our Street (King's Head), Broadsheet Ballads, Twists & Turns, Broke (Bridewell) and his song cycle, Notes From My Shelf (Battersea Barge). He has also written original music for several short films, plays and recordings including Occam's Razor's All In The Timing, 'Dentity Crisis and The Actor's Nightmare. His songs have been performed at various venues in the West End, Fringe and Off-Broadway (Don't Tell Mama's, Producers Club, Duplex). He writes and performs with the Musical Comedy act Scales of the Unexpected. www.ianbrandon.co.uk