Give It A Name was formed in 2007 in Cardiff. We are an evolving group of collaborators. Our backgrounds are in theatre, animation, music, and games design. Each project is like a new album. We make our work for audiences. In nightclubs, on street corners, in back alleys, in headphones, on the internet, or in theatres. We make work that is engaged, located, immersive and playful. Influences are varied, and each production begins with a seed: a recording, a book, a story, a person, a provocation, an image, a play. The form emerges from the material, what’s discovered is dictated by the journey. So far, we have worked with National Theatre Wales, The Space, Chapter, Forest Fringe & Motiroti. We have a residency at Pervasive Media Studio, and won the inaugural Space Prize for Digital Innovation for Bordergame (NTW).

(l-r Matt Wright, John Norton) Photo by Jorge Lizaldo @ Studio Cano

Photography by Jorge Liazldo @ Studio Cano

In 1719 Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe, the fake diary of a shipwrecked adventurer who spent 27 years alone on a remote island. It was the first novel in English. In its tricentennial year, Give It A Name re-examine this iconic tale as a hypnotic evocation of solitude; delving deep into the fantasy of the island, the violence of colonisation and the act of reading. A young woman, Bianca, shipwrecked by the modern world, dulls her loneliness by escaping into the pages of a 300 year-old book: exchanging her ready meals, her empty flat and an ocean filled with plastic for the Island of Speranza, where Robinson, alone and lost in the glittering pristine Pacific, tries to stay sane. Incorporating text from both Defoe and Michel Tournier’s 1968 reworking (Friday, or the Other Island), Robinson: The Other Island is part stage show, part radio play, part ASMR experience. Using innovative binaural sound, this production has been 3 years in the making, and involves the participation of local book clubs. Developed for adult audiences. Audiences will wear headphones throughout this performance.

Directed by Mathilde López. Sound: Jack Drewry and John Norton. Design: Ben Pacey. Lighting: Angharad Evans.

Robinson is a meditative piece that stimulates thought and nudges us slightly towards compassion. ✱✱✱✱✱

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