Mandala Theatre Company - 'Though this be Madness' trailer
Don’t Be Suspicious - RUDEcollective/Blue Freckle
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RUDE company improvisation
Though This Be Madness
Mandala Theatre Company
Though This Be Madness’ written by Avaes Mohammad, directed by Yasmin Sidhwa and choreographed by Bella Blythe in association with Oxford Playhouse. Though This Be Madness uses compelling physical theatre to present a moving and authentic exploration of what is happening to young people in relation to education, exclusion, gang grooming and too often, a pipeline to prison.
Mandala Theatre Company also worked in close partnership with members of the Excluded Lives Research Team based in the Department of Education, University of Oxford. In the coming months, the production will reach young people, the people who work with them, educationalists, and policy-makers through a series of streamed Knowledge Exchange events and a live and digital conference at The North Wall Arts Centre with TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.
Mandala Theatre Company
Written By Sean Burn, directed by Yasmin Sidhwa and choreographed by Bella Blythe 'Blood Oil’ is a story of the insanities of war: those who survive and those who don't. Surrounded by warring factions a mother and daughter and a peace-keeping force are trapped. Here they will have to fight: to survive, for their dignity and not to lose their souls. Gaia herself is crying out at the war that is being inflicted on the heart of the earth. A live outdoor show for Off Beat Festival Oxford.
The production was also be screened as part of the British Council-funded digital and live international festival - 'Artivism' produced by Ashtar for Theatre Productions and Training عشتار لإنتاج وتدريب المسرح and Mandala Theatre Company.
After You Finish Laughing
RUDEcompany was created as a third year undergraduate dance company to develop and perform the piece 'After You Finish Laughing'. A piece of work exploring the strange transition into adulthood and the surreal nostalgia of looking back on childhood years as a young adult. Performed by 8 dancers and 1 live musician. Bella co-directed and co-choreographed for the piece as well as acting as lighting designer.
The company has since become a collective of young artists continuing to explore and make work based on the same themes. to find out more about RUDEcompany Collective and the work we are doing visit the "RUDEcompany Collective" page.
Bella has worked with Lavrak Circus through their stage management internship and as a performer in their upcoming "Toy Box Cabaret".
During the internship Bella was able to join Lavrak on their tour of 'Reach'. She was trained to use Qlab and used this software during the performances as their sound technician. She also had the opportunity to learn the components of working with young children and people with special needs and helped to make the shows more accessible to children with hearing impairment and sensory needs. This included working with sign language interpreters, experimenting with light, vibrations and non verbal communication.
WildWorks Theatre Company
Performing for Wildworks, The country’s leading landscape theatre company, on an 18 show run of '100 unearthed' at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
100: UnEarth took its inspiration from the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice telling the homecoming stories of those who fight and live through war through a promenade performance set in the Cornish landscape.
Working closely with the choreographic development of the production in the lead up to performance, as well as performing as a member of the core ensemble. Bella played multiple roles during the piece including: A Land girl, Border control operator, Nurse, Angel and Bride.