This is the promo short film for the multi-media stage show TORRENTS OF RAPTURE.
This is a co-production between Dugald Ferguson, Norwich Arts Centre and Norwich LGBT Pride supported by Arts Council England.
Reggie has just found his boyfriend Charlie in the carnal position with somebody else! Crying, miserable, and betrayed Reggie stumbles home and with the help of his friends, the hairdryer and the drill, he recounts for them in a wildly romantic, idealized, and inaccurate manner exactly what happened.
Told using a collage of soliloquies, bad puppetry, contemporary ballet, a ‘Brief Encounter’ meets ‘Saving Private Ryan’ via ‘Monty Python’ style cinema, an original and epic music score, animation and live song. Fusing these sumptuous elements together witness the emotional fallout that transforms a wide-eyed doormat into superhero confidence as Reggie emerges victorious from the ruins of his shattered dreams.
The inspiration behind ‘TOR’ was an influence from the early 20th century format of a live orchestra playing along to a silent film, ‘TOR’ was inspired by experimenting with collaging arts disciplines and performance modes juxtaposing classic with contemporary, active with passive viewing, humour with sadness, history with the future, and suspension of disbelief with immersion.
“Don’t accept the world as it is. Dream of what the world could be and then help make it happen.” - PETER TATCHELL
Throughout ‘TOR’ the show engages with social, civil and human rights themes as it seeks to celebrate the historical bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who have fought for equality for LGBT people over the past 150 years.
The piece is narrated throughout by an original score composed by Verity Standen and Dan Fox drawing on influences from / pastiches major films, royal coronations, requiem masses and orchestral classics.
Since conception ‘TOR’ has been developed over a series of performance opportunities / residencies with the support of Matadero, Madrid, Camden People's Theatre, The Norwich Arts Centre, The Norfolk and Norwich Festival's BETA scratch showcase, Future Radio, The Norwich Puppet Theatre, The Forum, Vince Law's B.Right.On Festival and Norwich Pride.