WORDPLAY

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE WRITTEN WORD: THE WORD

Wordplay is a mass movement spectacular featuring a volunteer cast of 90 performers alongside Southpaw’s professional cast, performed as The Official Opening Ceremony to the National Centre for the Written Word, named The Word.

Created by Southpaw Dance Company and produced by Event International, WordPlay featured large scale video and projection by NOVAK, mass movement and visual effects choreographed by Robby Graham and Southpaw members, alongside text by writer and author Carina Rodney.
Wordplay drew on South Tyneside’s rich history and numerous literary connections to illuminate themes of contemporary, topical relevance. Wordplay is about using language to take ownership over the fears that limit us from achieving our dreams and aspirations. It examines the words and language we use in reference to ourselves, others, and the world, and how this language can affect the opportunities we allow ourselves. It is about the importance of words in shaping meaning and defining ourselves and the world around us.

NOVAK designed, produced and delivered all projection elements that featured throughout the show.

Dedicated to the memory of Neil Colebeck, 1971 – 2016.

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Artistic Direction
Southpaw Dance Company

 

Artistic Director
Robby Graham

 

Choreography
Robby Graham & Dancers
Robert Anderson
Rachel Jean Birch
Alicia Colette Meehan
Alys North
Alex Rowland
Clémentine Télesfort

 

With huge thanks to the community cast members.

 

Produced by
Event International

 

Producer
Frank Wilson

 

Video and Projection
NOAVK

 

Drone Footage
Ross Hannon @ AYTBALL FILM
Kairong Zhu

 

Calligrapher
Saskia Robertson at Edinburgh Letters

 

Writer
Carina Rodney

 

Narrator
Philippa Wilson

 

Sound Recordist & Editing
Ed Carter

 

Production Management
Graeme Nixon, TechSpec

 

ASM
Alisienne Petri

 

Screen, Stage, Sound, LX
Nitelites and Associates

 

Safety Management
DGB Events

 

Filmmaker
Darren ‘Jelly’ O Kane

 

Photographer
Dan Prince

 

Publicity
Rob Lawson