created and performed by Andy
"This is physical theatre at its finest
using the very simplest means to achieve one brilliant effect after
another." EYE Magazine
Winner of 2005 Dora Award for Outstanding
- Nominated for Outstanding New Play and
- Rough House
on tour: Contact Kids'
Entertainment for more information
our touring production.
Recent dates: Two Showcase performances
the International Performing Arts for Youth Conference, Cleveland,
January 22, 2009.
Vancouver East Cultural Centre (February 26
March 2, 2008); Torontos Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for
Young People (April 8-20, 2008); the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse
(April 23-24, 2008); SuperNova Festival in Halifax (May 2-4, 2008);
Kitcheners Theatre & Company
(January 31 - February 4, 2007); Ottawas National Arts Centre
(November 15-19 and December 5-16, 2006).
Rough House is a roller coaster of dance,
slapstick and beautiful images, a comic yet wordless duet for performer
and lighting designer in which light is an active character, both
friend and foe of Andy's persona. As Andy becomes more challenged
by the objects and images that surround him, surprising gestures
and exacting physical movement tells the story of one man struggling
with his imagination. A grown up experience, but suitable for children.
Rough House was commissioned
by Nightswimming after Andy mentioned that he was interested in
created a show using everything he had learned about slapstick,
pratfalls and physical comedy. Andy had developed brief performances
using some of this material at the Tarragon Theatre Spring Arts
Fair, but now wanted to work on a full length piece that combined
a growing interest in dance.
Andy was a member of the company that Nightswimming
assembled to create our dance/theatre adaptation of The
Whirlpool. Much of the work with choreographer Julia Sasso
was instrumental in the process we used for Rough House.
In fact, Julia has frequently joined the Rough House
process to facilitate improvisational sessions and to offer her
feedback as a dancer and choreographer.
Rough House was created largely
through improvisation; most of it was created in the theatre with
lighting designer Rebecca Picherack, who was asked to improvise
alongside Andy. The result is a duet for performer and lighting
designer, in which light is a character, both the friend and the
foe of Andy's persona.
Listen to an interview with director Brian Quirt conducted
by Peter Hinton, the Artistic Director
of the National Arts Centre: Hinterview
January 4 to 16, 2005
Directed by Brian Quirt
Performed by Andy Massingham
Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack & Michelle
Stage Managed by Kathryn Westoll
Produced by Naomi Campbell
Dora Award for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding
Dora Award nominations for Outstanding New Play, Production
AVAILABLE FOR TOURING: please contact Producer Naomi Campbell
at 416-703-5491 or ...