Friday, 12 August 2011

We made it!

So we made it to the Fringe. All safe and sound. And now with nearly two weeks past we thought we’d take some time out and update you a little!
What an emotional rollercoaster it’s been. As everyone will tell you it’s nonstop – flyering, worrying, networking, performing, worrying and learning.
As I sit in our flat overlooking the Scottish Highlands it’s a good time to contemplate and reflect on the last week. It’s been all sorts of emotions, some good some bad. The days roll into weeks here. In one way I feel I’ve been here a year and in others merely a day. I have learnt a hell of a lot already, about myself as a performer and a theatre maker. Things keep developing in the show- we’re always trying to improve on things- as well as trying to cut it down a little! It has been tough but brilliant doing a one woman show and I whole-heartedly wouldn’t want it any other way for 2011. It has stopped raining on the odd occasion and walking is the name of the game up here, which is lovely. Most people are very kind and allow us to have a minute from their busy schedules to talk to them about our show and shelter them under our ‘WATERPROOF umbrellas’.
The show has been getting some lovely, positive responses, which is brilliant. We’ve had a lot of press in and with some great comments; 4 Stars from Hairline Magazine and two very warm 3 Star reviews from The Scotsman and Fest Mag. We are really happy with these reactions as a new company, with its first show at the Fringe, and hope more good news will come our way soon!
We’ve also been able to see some incredibly thought out and heartfelt pieces of theatre, inspiring us as individuals and as a company. Shows that open our minds to the possibilities available to us in theatre, and how much having a large budget can aid a piece. We have become increasingly aware of the need for a decent budget to help our development as theatre makers and actor/writer’s. We have BIG plans to continue the name of How It Ended, a company ‘to look out for’ PUBLIC REVIEWS. Big ambitions, but to do so we will have to work hard to establish industry relationships and continue our fundraising efforts! And we are up for it, definitely so.
In the meantime Edinburgh is a lovely place and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in August!
Eva
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Monday, 18 July 2011

Welcoming in a very busy few weeks!

A big week ahead before all the madness of the Fringe begins!

You can see us in the West End TWICE this week - 

- On Tuesday 19th July Eva will be performing Teresa's two hander 'Roll Credits'. 

Due to the success of the previous run at the Hen and Chickens, 'Roll Credits' has been asked to perform at the beautiful, big and rather unusual home in St Johns Wood Grove End Road. 

We would love to see you there. Places are limited so please check out there website: http://www.groveendroad.co​m/ and for tickets just send us a message.

- On Sunday 24th July, Our listed TOP 10 SHOWS TO SEE AT THE FRINGE WATERPROOF will be previewing at Riverside Studios before heading to the Pleasance Edinburgh for the month.

So if you can't make it to the 'Burgh come and see a cool, stripped down, one off version on Sunday 24th! To book tickets go tohttp://bit.ly/n0GicT.

It's all coming round very quickly, and we can't wait. Can you?


Remember everyone up at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe can catch WATERPROOF at The Pleasance Dome, 1.30 everyday except 16th!





We look forward to seeing you all there. Thank you.



X

What a week of fundraising!

This week has been nonstop. As always :)

With the help of family and friends we were able to collect enough stuff, junk and unloved, unwanted bits to have yet another car boot sale.

This time we did not plan for rain. BIG mistake.

Waking at 4.30, loading a car full to the brim (and when I say brim- I mean I couldn't see out of the back window and Teresa had to balance boxes and chairs on her head and lap!) and THEN driving to discover the car boot cancelled for this weekend due to 'BAD weather reports...Sorry' is not the best start!

However, we were not going to give up that easily. So we got on the phone and found as many local (ish) car boot sales and... all were closed... but one - an indoor one 2 hours away.

We were off like a shot before we could give it too much thought and decide to go back to our nice warm beds. Of course when we arrived they said it won't start until 8am and actually there was no room at the inn. You can imagine what we were thinking....

But no we didn't give up, instead we asked to set up outside. And that was the moment where everything changed - We set up and there was no stopping us!


Others followed, but alas didn't follow our sale expertise. And from junk we managed to raise some good dosh before the heavens opened and we just had to give up. Plus it was time to go to rehearsals for Roll Credits at Grove End Road!

This week also saw the...


And what a great night it was! The Hat Factory gave us a lovely space downstairs, we decorated it 50's styley, put music on, opened the bar and we were ready. Thanks to Mummy Burns we had a great crowd in and they were loving it due to the very talented Michael Begley. You were brill!

Thank you to everyone who made it such a success.

A special thank you must go to Ronnie Dorsey and Scamp Productions for their very generous donations on the night. Both will be up at the Edinburgh fringe with 'Of Sound Mind', 'Stick Man', 'Private Peaceful' and even more! Do check them out. We love them.

X

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Drum Roll Please....

Our Production Shots were done by the lovely Adam Levy (http://adamlevy.zenfolio.com) last week and so of course we just HAD to share them with you.



 











Thank Adam for a brilliant job. Do let us know what you all think of his skills! :)




















After the shots we made some tweaks to our set and props to then say goodbye to our, what feels like children, today to let them fly the nest up to Scotland ready for our arrival on the 1st August. All thanks to the lovely people at Cadogan Tate and of course Daddy Burns for the epic journey to Wimbledon and back! I do look pretty happy/tired in this picture BUT I am not... Sad goodbyes all round.






















But the festival is near approaching and tickets are selling fast so please, if you know you're coming then do book before you come!

With our set absent we are really excited to continue our rehearsals, keep you all up to date with news and prepare for the month ahead!

To get our juices going before Edinburgh we're doing a little preview of Waterproof at the Riverside Studios next Sunday (24th). It's gonna be a cool stripped down version. So it's a total one off. 


If you feel like it, you can book tickets here:


https://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/online/performances.phpcmd=listPerformances&eventId=1111%3A1745&l=1308324357

Thank you to everyone who has and is helping us every step of the way!

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60's Murder Mystery Night


Wow, my friends are brilliant.

So let me fill you all in... Last Saturday I hosted a 60's themed Champagne Murder Mystery evening for some of my closest girlfriends. They wanted to show their support to Waterproof and it's journey up to the 'Burgh this August and they certainly did that.

They all really got into the spirit of the night - costumes, fake man chests, wigs - the works!

Don't they all look great!


                                       

I greeted them with music, alcohol, food... and as you can see even my Mum was lovin' it!





                             The evening went off with a bang and the game continued til late!

I want to thank all of you who came, because without you it would have been rubbish!

What's more we were able to get a 1/8 page advertisement in Fest Magazine - a free, and very popular mag. around Edinburgh, before and during the Festival.

So from all of us at How It Ended Productions, THANK YOU!

Eva X

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Good News!

So, we have been so busy that we have not had a minute even to share some of our good news...

Spoonfed have named our new production Waterproof 1 of the top 10 shows to see at this years Edinburgh Fringe! We're very happy to be amongst such talented and prestigious companies and hope to prove our place in the top 10.

Please have a read of the article below:
http://www.spoonfed.co.uk/spooners/spoonfed-theatre-team-8150/top-10-theatre-shows-to-see-at-edinburgh-5432/

We're getting very excited for the Fringe now and can't wait to see all the shows at The Pleasance and elsewhere!

In other news...
Our production shots are on the way for you to have a sneak preview, but for now here's Teresa's view from the tech box yesterday!


As you can kinda make out, our set is almost finished to leave us next week. So for now it's back to rehearsing and perfecting all things set and props!

Hope you're all having a lovely week.

Will be back on here very soon.

X

Sunday, 19 June 2011

For Father's Day.

Driving to Disneyland

by Teresa Burns

My Dad is driving us home
and is singing a song
about a man who dances on the moon

I like sitting on the front seat
Of his transit van
We’re taller than everyone
Bigger than everyone
And my Dad...
He’s Mr. Cinemascope

As we cruise around the streets of Luton
It’s exhaust coughs and splutters
Like an audience
Anxious
A performance is about to begin
Inside the rust
Amidst the dust of our luxurious limousine
‘M BURNS BUILDERS & SONS’
A Vauxhall sierra in need of a right good clean
It’s cassette player plays
The greats
The musicals of MGM
Me and my Dad
We love them

As the orchestra really swings
He turns to me with a mischievous look in his eyes
I’ve seen that look before
It means one last adventure before bed time

He asks me where’s next, where do I want to go
‘Pfff errr Daaa-ad
I
thought
we
were
going
home’

‘Come on’
‘Anywhere in the world’
‘Right Now’
‘You choose’

‘New York, Down Under, Auntie Eileen’s, Spain’
As if I needed to think about it

‘DISNEYLAND’ I say

‘Disneyland it is’

He puts his foot down

He’s a space cadet on a mission into outer space
He’s chin sits on top of the giant steering wheel
Squinting
The moonlight hits his face

Of course I don’t really believe we’re going to Disneyland
No
He’s just joking in-ee?
He didn’t even ask me which one anyway
Not that it actually matters really

He turns up the stereo
And the pavements light up beneath
And I peer out of the window
The big seat belt tucked under my cheek


The street lamps dance all around us
And I swear there are butterflies in my tummy and in my chest
‘Tell you what
We’ll race the moon to Disneyland’
My Dad says

It was neck-a-neck all the way
The moon was relentless
A stubborn competitor
Who knew the moon was so into Disney?
Harbouring secret desires to get to know Pluto better

We sped and swerved
And we sang all the way
Racing the moon to Disneyland
On a school night
An idle Tuesday

And then we turn into a street
All so familiar to I and he
It was the street that we lived
Not sunny Florida or Gay-Paris!

‘I suppose we’d have to invite Mum and Damien, if we went without them they’d be sad’

As we pulled into the driveway

‘That’s exactly what I thought’ said Dad

He lifts me out off the front seat
My feet
Too little to climb down
We give up the fight
The moon’s smug glare burns our faces now

‘The moon won Dad. We lost’

And we look up at the sky


‘No, Darlin’ in life we never lose

We just run out of time’


He slams the big rusty door
And in his arms I fly

And we never did make it to Disneyland

But who knew

That sawdust

And stardust

Could live so happily side by side

Goodnight

Our baby.

WATERPROOF

Starring
Eva Sampson as Laura.

3 - 29 Aug (not 16)

Pleasance Dome, 13:30
http://www.pleasance.co.uk/


Twitter: @how_it_ended


'Full of heart' - Fringe Report

Edinburgh excitement!

Hello followers!

In just one week it feels as though everything has accelerated and Edinburgh is just around the corner which is scary/so unbelievably exciting.

You can now check us out online (and book tickets if the mood takes you!)

Ed Fringe website:
http://www.edfringe.com/search#q=show_performer%3Awaterproof&fq=dates%3A%5B2011-08-01T06%3A00%3A00Z%20TO%202011-09-05T06%3A00%3A00Z%5D

Pleasance website:
http://www.pleasance.co.uk/edinburgh/events/waterproof

Tickets are already selling!

And of course, we're in love with the Edinburgh brochure (Teresa's is dog-eared already!) - check us out on page 310!

Flicking through - there is so much great stuff up this year and there has been a hell of a lot of show circuling going on! We're really looking forward to seeing 1927, Berkoff's Oedipus, Analogue, Idle Motion, Perils of Love and Gravity, our friends The Great Brain Robbery and so so much more. Do let us know if you've got a show up - we'll come check it out and perhaps have a cheeky drink afterwards?

Excited. Excited. Excited.


Right, back to prop making....

How It Ended

X

Saturday, 11 June 2011

TaleBlazers - An Evening of Short Plays from Emerging Playwrights

Hello,


An evening of 10 minute plays at the Hen and Chickens Theatre on June 12th, showcasing the most exciting short plays from emerging playwrights.


The event will be the first of many they hope to produce over 2011 and into future seasons.


How It Ended are representing!


Teresa submitted 'Roll Credits' and it was accepted. I auditioned alongside Neil Chinneck and we were cast. So with Tom Brandt directing we are one of the productions on Sunday night.


After about 11 hours of rehearsals we'll be showing this masterpiece on Sunday. 


If you're around please do come and have some fun with us. 


X

Our Comedy Night Gossip

Good morning everyone,


I thought I would update you on how Sunday's event went.


So Teresa and I had been to our first meeting with TaleBlazers earlier that day. It was regarding an event of short plays from emerging playwrights, which we are a part of. We then ran to meet Madeleine at The Dog House, Kennington, who had been preparing things for our arrival.


Madeleine had done a brilliant job organising the space, so all we needed to do was add the banner and sweets! 


With the help of Jennifer Longden we were all ready to go. The artists arrived as did our lovely audience, and we were off! 


Waving goodbye to that dreaded Sunday night feeling and enjoying a night of merriment with How It Ended Productions and friends. 


The line up was as follows.



7.55 - EVA OPENS

8.00 - RYAN KELLY & 
       ANA FRANKLIN 

8.10 - ALEX MAPLE

A comedic genius in waiting... soon you’ll be saying I saw him before he was famous!’ – Three Weeks

http://www.alexmaple.com/

8.30 - GRACE SAIF




8.50 - ANTHEA NEAGLE 


9.05 - DEBRA APPELBY

‘Has one a stack of awards... go see why’ – ScotsGay

Winner of Funny Women Awards 2005

http://www.debrajaneappelby.com/

9.25 - SEAN MAHONEY
   
     - PAUL CREE


9.35 - THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY
‘Clever ideas... neat punchlines... ones to watch!’ - Spoonfed








10.00 - DANIEL SIMONSEN

Look out for this brilliantly offbeat upcoming Norwegian stand-up, who mixes surreal stuff with dry-as-a-bone gags.’ - The Guardian

Winner of So You Think You’re Funny 2008
http://www.curtisbrown.co.
uk/daniel-simonsen/


10.20 - COLD CALLERS


10.40 - EVA CLOSES


Of course we ran over and of course the acts were brilliant. 
What a treat! 

Artists ranging from singer songwriters, comedians, comedy sketch groups and spoken word artists made the night a full blown success! 

COMING SOON... A promo video from the night!!

Thank you to everyone who came and to all those great performers. You really are helping us get Waterproof to The Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2011! 


X

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Car Boot No.2


Bleedin' heck.

These early starts (4:30am!) are rough but definitely WORTH IT.

This morning was our second car boot sale -held to raise money to get us How It Enders to Edinburgh Fringe this summer.    


 

All in all we made £120 - which ain't too shabby for the junk we've accumulated over the years.  



Eva Sampson is a world champion haggler.




Here's to car boot no 3 in a few weeks!


Now it's time to catch up on some sleep....

WATERPROOF on location...

 The other night - armed with fairy lights, a few props and a camera, Eva and I 'Waterproof'-ed up a dilapidated building in Luton.  Amidst the brick and the lamplight we attempted to create some cool production shots that capture WATERPROOF's atmosphere.

So here are just a few of shots taken that night.

 We're also excited to announce that we will be working with Mobius PR to promote the show this summer. We're chuffed because Mobius have worked with some great companies over the past few years such as Gecko, Analogue and Hoipolloi. 

It really is an exciting (and busy!) time. We can't believe the Edinburgh Fringe brochure is released in two weeks. TWO WEEKS.


It's all starting to come together. Be sure to keep checking the blog -so much is changing and evolving every day. Thanks for your continued support!                                  - Teresa


Friday, 27 May 2011

How It Ended present... A NIGHT OF COMEDY

Wave goodbye to that dreaded Sunday night feeling and enjoy a night of merriment with How It Ended Productions and friends.


How It Ended Productions present...

...
A NIGHT OF COMEDY, poetry and a little light music....

Featuring:

The comic talents of:

THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY
‘Clever ideas... neat punchlines... ones to watch!’ - Spoonfed

http://www.greatbrainrobbery.com/


ALEX MAPLE
‘A comedic genius in waiting... soon you’ll be saying I saw him before he was famous!’ – Three Weeks

http://www.alexmaple.com/


DANIEL SIMONSEN
Look out for this brilliantly offbeat upcoming Norwegian stand-up, who mixes surreal stuff with dry-as-a-bone gags.’ - The Guardian
Winner of So You Think You’re Funny 2008

http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/daniel-simonsen/


DEBRA APPELBY
‘Has one a stack of awards... go see why’ – ScotsGay
Winner of Funny Women Awards 2005

http://www.debrajaneappelby.com/
We also look forward to welcoming back some very popular acts;

The electric spoken word artists:

PAUL CREE
http://www.paulcreewrites.blogspot.com/

SEAN MAHONEY http://thebrimstoneballet.blogspot.com/

AND

The brilliant singer songwriter:

GRACE SAIF
www.youtube.com/gracesaif

WITH EVEN MORE TO COME!


Start Time: 8pm
Finish: 10.30pm

Venue: The Dog House, Kennington

Google map:
http://bit.ly/lVXmCy

5 minute walk from Kennington Tube (Northern Line)

Entry: £6 (pay on the door)


All proceeds go towards our WATERPROOF Edinburgh fund so we'd really appreciate your support.

It's bound to be agreat night. If you're on the fence - be sure to check all our acts out online - it'll make your mind up for you! They're extraordinary.

See you in Kennington!

X

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Sharing Saturday...

As another week fades away quickly things are becoming increasingly clear for How It Ended Productions.

We are now a month away from the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe brochure being released and tickets going on sale - we can't wait to check out all the other shows - it's certain to be another exceptional year for theatre and we going to ensure that we're at the centre of the hub.

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This week has seen some very exciting creative developments. Inspired by our event on Saturday and checking out some brilliant productions in London we took the opportunity to work through script augmentation, set and visual ideas, as well as our aspirations for W A T E R P R O O F and the company for the year ahead.

Teresa and Eva met to discuss the show in depth and with the benefit of hindsight we were able to scrutinise what really works, what lines don't quite fit right and some brutal cuts for the 60 minute time restrictions on the Fringe. It has seen some characters emerge larger and brighter, whilst others disappear into the shadows so to tighten and focus the piece. 



After much debating, role playing and list making Teresa locked herself away in her attic room (soon she'll be able to be the office instead) and wrote. We are in a great position to make 
W A T E R P R O O F the best show we can and we are not going to stop until we believe we've got there. 

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'But I Made You a Mixed Tape' was a pleasure and after a great response How It Ended Productions are now looking to make this a regularly produced event. A platform for emerging writers, performers and musicians. More information for plans next month will be on our blog soon so keep a look out.

If you couldn't make it, or if you want to have another peak into our world here are a few snaps and a glimpse into some of the great talent across the board. 


                                                           Cardboard stereos


                  Paul Cree Performing 'Brown Paper Bag'

Go ahead and have a peruse over some 'beautiful words' by Teresa through the link below:


Another talent who joined us on Saturday was Sean Mahoney whose powerful piece of poetry can be seen in this note.


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In other news Teresa is busy writing another new play, Eva is rehearsing for a production as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival and Madeleine is busy at the Archway teching another house production. 

What's the saying? No rest for the...

Hope you've enjoyed having a read, thank you. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Lots of love,

How It Ended

X

Sunday, 8 May 2011

BUT I MADE YOU A MIXED TAPE

Last night saw the premier of our first spoken word event BUT I MADE YOU A MIXED TAPE - a spoken word event about songs. Each piece performed was inspired by a particular song and as you can see from the night's playlist - it was jam packed with talent. We were lucky to have members of Camden Roundhouse's Rubix Collective: Dean Atta, Paul Cree, Zionite and Sean Mahoney join us. All great spoken word artists and all regularly perform their stuff in London and beyond. Look them up and check them out. They are total wordsmiths. We also had the lovely Jon Barton - a great young writer and recent graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme so he is certainly one to look out for!  Grace Saif and Erin Witton provided beautiful music and heartfelt covers. Both of these girls are only teenagers and they have a hell of a lot of talent and soul come to that. How It Ended Productions was also able to showcase its talent with Stephanie Hampton and our very own Eva Sampson performing a selection of Teresa's poems - some of which will be uploaded onto the blog soon so make sure you have a listen and let us know what you think! 

Inside the atmospheric walls of Jacksons Lane, Highgate emerging artists sang/spoke about lost love, good music, bad music, text messages, sex, soundtracks, growing up and  more, much more.  After such a positive response to the event, we are excited to annouce that BUT I MADE YOU A MIXED TAPE will become a regularly produced event and a key part of our fundraising drive. It's the perfect platform for storytellers who love music and it's about to get bigger and better!

Forever concerned with the visual, of course we couldnt help but try to transform the studio - with cassette tape wallpaper (see image above), cardboard stereos , dusty old records and a load of old lamps that could've belonged to your Grandma!

We're excited to now take BUT I MADE YOU A MIXED TAPE on the road and continue to raise money to get our show WATERPROOF to Edinburgh Festival. If you're a musician, spoken word artist, writer or performer and you're interested in performing at the next reincarnation of BUT I MADE YOU A MIXED TAPE, email us at: howitendedgt@gmail.com

We'll be announcing the next BUT I MADE YOU A MIXED TAPE event details soon so keep checking the blog and follow us on Twitter: @how_it_ended or on Facebook (search): How It Ended Productions.

Thanks for reading and an even bigger thank you to all who came out last night! We really appreciate all support we've received so far on our road to Edinburgh Fringe!

Oh and check out the BUT I MADE YOU A MIXED TAPE film put together by our very own Madeleine Scott Cree below. Teresa's in it. Looking moody. Enjoy!

Lots of love, 

How It Ended