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
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
Producer
Frank Wilson
Video and Projection
NOAVK
Drone Footage
Ross Hannon @ AYTBALL FILM
Kairong Zhu
Calligrapher
Saskia Robertson at Edinburgh Letters
Writer
Narrator
Sound Recordist & Editing
Production Management
ASM
Alisienne Petri
Screen, Stage, Sound, LX
Nitelites and Associates
Safety Management
Filmmaker
Darren ‘Jelly’ O Kane
Photographer
Publicity
Rob Lawson