Over the past few years our practice as Split Britches has taken off in ways beyond our wildest fantasies, and we aren’t showing any signs of slowing down! As 2018 draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on one very busy and succesful year for us as a company.
This year saw the premier of our newest work, Unexploded Ordnances (UXO), at La MaMa Theater as part of The Public's Under the Radar Festival 2018. We then brought the performance over to the UK where it toured to Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, Wales Millennium Centre, a sell-out week run at the Barbican, and Take Me Somewhere Festival in Glasgow.
Next up, we dusted off our Retro(per)spectivesuitcases and took our greatest hits medley to Battersea Arts Centre and Copenhagen. And after that full on Spring, we were due for some time off. But it wasn't too long before UXO was back on the road stateside as part of Time-Based Arts Festival in Portland, Oregon.
November was a jam-packed month of touring with almost a gig a week in the UK. UXO made it's North of England debut as part of Heart of Glass festival, we returned to Belfast for the first time in 30 years where UXO headlined at Outburst Arts Queer Festival and Retro(per)spectivegraced the smallest stage in the UK, Tom Thumb Theatre. We wrapped up an excellent month and year of touring with a post-Retro(per)spective karaoke party at the Live Art Bistro in Leeds! But we won't share those pictures or videos...
Amongst all of the touring, Lois was awarded WOW Women of the World's award for Fighting the Good Fight, Split Britches were sainted by Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, we took Porch Sittings and Long Tables across the country and beyond, and we cemented a company structure and an ethos of care as a company alongside our two consistent employees Laura and Alex - which was perhaps the biggest success of all!
So what about next year?
As we look forward to 2019, it's looking like it will be a fruitful year for old and new creative projects, touring shows we've already made and developing two new solo performances.
We're in residence at the Guthrie Theatre!
We'll begin the year in Minneapolis at the fantastic Guthrie Theater. We will undertake a 2 week residency to work on our new solo shows, followed by a 2 week presentation 25 January - 10 February 2019 of Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) at their new Dowling Studio. We're a part of their Level Nine Series, Get Used To It: A Celebration of Queer Artistry.We are thrilled to be a part of it and to bring the performance to the midwest. We are also excited to have some dedicated creative space and time on the new work. We can't wait to get there but we'll be wrapping up warm that's for sure! Minneapolis in January, oy!
Tammy's back on the YouTube with Tammy's 12 Ways of Christmas. The holidays can be hard for a lot of us - not to mention we've got a new year starting soon! So she's been posting a video every day and talkin' about staying sane in this ol' world! She's got a few more planned and she's got even bigger plans for 2019! So don't forget to subscribe and stay tuned for more.
Thanks for a great year of support and for your ongoing commitment to Split Britches. We've got lots lined up for 2019 and we'll keep you all updated in the new year. We're looking forward to many more opportunities for you to join us in the Situation Room, alongside Tammy WhyNot, at a Care Cafe, on the Porch and for a drink!
We are working towards a more sustainable future as a company by accepting tax deductible donations big and small through Fractured Atlas. We know that these times are tough for everybody, but no matter the amount we always appreciate your donations.
We wish you all a happy and peaceful new year. See you in 2019!
Lois and Peggy xx