A co-production with Andy Hay’s Bristol Old Vic and Neil Bartlett’s Lyric Hammersmith, this was the chilling tale of one woman, three men and a Bolt from the Blue. It was an immense stage journey into the Frankenstein Myth with nods towards the whole horror genre - movies, comics, and creation myths from The Golem to Terminator. Determined to oust the great Professor Sailcloth’s domination of Frankenstein academia, David G Scrivener travels to Switzerland to uncover the actual Spark of Life, which he is convinced is secreted in a remote churchyard in the mountains. But the diabolic hotelier Count Obladee confounds him every step of the way, until David G finds himself drawn into a hellish parody of the original novel itself, replete with a grotesquely cartoon-like Igor (played by acrobat Jonathan Priest) and the ghastly Monster himself. Here he is forced to use his knowledge of all things Frankensteinian to make The Monster’s Mate. This was the first FF show directed by Andy Hay, now collaborator, director, friend and guide on almost all recent FF shows. The specially commissioned music was by HOMELIFE.
Shelley and Byron discuss poetry.
Excerpts from the show.
Shooting Shakespeare
Commissioned by Bath Theatre Royal for The Bath Shakespeare Festival this was a mystery thriller set in the early years of the Silver Screen. The fledgling movie moguls, desperate to elevate the tone of their upstart art form, enlist the help of the mighty Theatre Impresarios of the day to shoot the first ever Silent Tempest. They set sail onto an ocean of uncontrollable egos, murderous intrigue and cut-throat rivalry in a love affair with the Cinema Kid that all but kills off The Old Queen Theatre. Above all it was about a challenge to make a Silent film version of The Tempest (sound on film was still decades away in the 1890s). We were greatly assisted on this project by film archivist Bryony Dixon from the BFI. Because we used film a lot during this show, the set was simple, pale and designed for light effects projected onto it. For instance there are three islands (flattish rumpled-fabric pointy shapes) these were caught by side light which exaggerated the texture of the wrinkles, this texture then interacted with film projected onto them from in front. At other times film of the islands was projected onto them as they moved giving a sort of ‘transparent’ effect. Because the islands were on wheels they could also be positioned into tight focus as for example when animations were projected onto them from 16mil projectors on the stage – at the same time the whole set was covered with a large image from the digital projector at the back of the audience.
Rough Magyck
Commissioned by the RSC for The Complete Works Festival this was a perambulatory piece which ended up on the main stage of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre. “The story-line was inspired by the impending refurbishment of the RST, which would take place after the Festival. We came up with the idea of a startling discovery of an intricate network of ancient tunnels threading beneath the Theatre. Coinciding with this highly controversial discovery, The Brittonioni Brothers have come to The Complete Works Festival to give a lecture on The Death of Magic and the advent of The Age of Reason connecting Prospero’s abjuration of his Rough Magyck with the renunciation of the old pagan belief systems rife in Shakespeare’s England of the time. And then Prospero’s Book comes shooting out of the sea from where Prospero hurled it 500 years ago…. Straight into the Brittonioni’s hands…. and out of the RSC’s tunnels pour the suppressed Faerie host led by the Great God Pan himself.”
Invisible Bonfires
Funded by a DEFRA Climate Challenge Award Invisible Bonfires took on a cabaret format with the live music elements, automata, puppetry, short films and even a 3D Sequence. On a pan-global Tour of International Climate Change Conferences, the Brittonioni Brothers are chewing on the hot topic of Global Warming. Run entirely by cycle power and hot air, with special guests Mammon and Pan, the show had live music by The Lotus Pedals (Seaming To, Semay Wu, Howard Jacobs, Simon King of Homelife fame along with mixing & projection by The Professor: Mr Robert Storey) The brilliantly Brylcremed Brittonionis zoomed us from Outer Space to the Inner Atom as they explored their subject through such apocalyptic topics as the Evolution of The Carbon Weevil, the Fairy Angel Conundrum and the coming of the new Plastic-ene Era.
Colour of Nonsense
At the studios of Splash, Line & Scuro, Cutting Edge Conceptualists, things haven’t been looking too hot of late. Splash is paralyzed by indecision and all the bright young turks are queueing up eager to knock him off his perch. Then, out of the blue, comes a salivatingly mysterious multi-million pound commission.
The Colour of Nonsense was an exuberant satire on an art and theatre world always in search of the New…. a hilarious cartoon journey through the shifting borderlands between sense and nonsense. As mutinous drawings threw the studios into animated confusion, only Edward Lear’s “Dong with a Luminous Nose” seemed able to shed any light into the chiaroscuro of chaos.
Splash, Line and Scuro operate all the sound and projections from their desks. Most of the films are stored on memory cards, in digital media players, connected to digital projectors. These projections are triggered instantly, at the press of a button, by the performers, spot cues they can decide for themselves. The digital projectors are built into the performer’s desks or disguised in cigar boxes in the set. This technology is a wonderful new departure for FF live shows, dispensing with numerous tape or DVD decks, cables and computers. Its also ideal for our interactive museum & gallery exhibits. But Forkbeard can never desert old stuff entirely. There are two Overhead projectors, sources of coloured light and transparent drawings; and the scratchy, splashy opening titles are 16mm film.
2002/04: the Queen's Golden Jubilee, Sadam Hussein captured and after the Invasion of Iraq, the CIA admit there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction.
2005/07: Hurricane Katrina strikes Louisianna and the bank of England bails out Northern Rock.
2008/09: Financial Recession and Barack Obama inaugurated as President.
JUMP TO THE 1970's
JUMP TO THE 1980's
JUMP TO THE 1990's
COMING SOON......the last 5 years......

2000/01: The Millenium Bridge and Tate Modern are opened, Concorde crashes and the Twin Towers are hit by hijacked plane (9/11)


Archive 2000's



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