Goody and Storey


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Goody and Storey
15a Church Crescent
London
E9 7DH

info@goodyandstorey.com
020 8986 0644

About Us

[Goody and Storey are London-based theatre makers Seonaid Goody and Jonathan Storey. We met in 2008 and have been collaborating ever since.] So far we have made two shows, Jack Pratchard and STAR, and we hope to make many many more.

We tell fantastic and unusual stories through devised and playful visual theatre, rich in colour and shape. Our shows are full of music, puppetry and object play, as well as generosity, laughter and sadness. We love to collaborate with different directors, designers and composers to create work that is imaginative, beautiful, hand-crafted, funny, and makes for a good night out.

Over the years we’ve been educated and influenced by Peter O’Rourke, Lindy Wright, Penny Francis, Luis Boy, Caroline Astell-Burt, Rufus Norris, Phelim McDermott, Philippe Gaulier, Mick Barnfather, Emily Greenwood, Paul Millett, Malcolm Schofield, Mary Beard, John Henderson, Peter Stewart, Simon Carr, Sorcha Carey, Mary King, Jenny Morgan, Britta Sundberg, John Bakewell, Peter Bridle, John Catlow, Paul Smith, Sian Davies, Peter Jack, Peter Carl, Richard Cottrell, Brian Vermeulen and Peter Ferretto... in the fields of puppetry, theatre, classics, music, art and architecture.

We are currently working on a new show My Mother is a Fish (working title), which will include things on wheels, automata, and the music of the Cacares brothers. We hope to perform this in 2012/13.

Outside of Goody and Storey, we have both worked with an array of other people. In the last few years Seonaid has created a shadow puppet film for the RSC’S production of Matilda now in the West End, and played Alice in Peter O’Rourke’s production of Alice in Wonderland at the Little Angel Theatre. Jonathan was Associate Artist at the Little Angel Theatre in 2011 where he began developing My Mother is a Fish and played Ariel in the RSC/Little Angel Theatre production of The Tempest.

News

January 2017

Gawd it's been ages. What's happened then?

We've spent the last year busy making two new shows, re-working Jack Pratchard and trying to get some sleep.

Jonny is making a new show based on his own screaming head and a fascination with stop-frame puppet films. There's going to be a homunculus, string and strange noises. R&D stage two happens this Summer. And he has gone all modern with his award-winning tour-de-force in paper, but fear not if anyone is reading this: it's still a paper theatre show. Jack Pratchard lives on! Performances in Spring at the Internationales Figuren Theater Festival in Fürth and Brotfabrik in Berlin. See SHOWS page for details.

Seonaid is working on a piece inspired by her love of Beckett, Dante's Divine Comedy, Juan Muñoz, Folk Art, and Punch and Judy booths. It's a family saga but not Eastenders. And after a great R&D last Summer, plans are afoot to make, rehearse and perform the show. YES! The R&D stage of this show was supported by Arts Council England and The Fenton Arts Trust.

Shows

Jack Pratchard

[Jack Pratchard tells the tale of one man’s journey to the other side of life and his quest to do the right thing for the good of mankind. This charming and original one-man show is told with an extraordinary hand-made miniature theatre, a record player, and a soundtrack of the Schubert Octet.]

Following a freak accident Jack Pratchard finds himself dead and knee-deep in the ice-cold waters of the underworld. The taciturn Boatman takes Jack to the City of the Dead where he meets the Queen, the first person ever to die. One day the City of the Dead is stolen... What will happen to the Queen? And what can Jack do?

An epic tour de force in painted cardboard.

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Conceived and Created by Jonathan Storey
Devised with and Directed by Seonaid Goody

Suitable for 12+
45mins
For an audience of 50 people or less

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Jack Pratchard opened at Buxton Puppet Festival in 2009 and has since been performed at Southwark Playhouse, Camden People’s Theatre, Little Angel Theatre, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010, Prema, The Carriage Works and Salisbury Arts Centre.

Jack Pratchard Dates

Summer 2017

25th of May 2017 at 6pm and 27th of May 2017 at 10pm
KULTURFORUM FÜRTH as part of the INTERNATIONALES FIGUREN THEATER FESTIVAL
Find out more and book tickets here

6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of June 2017 at 7.30pm
BROTFABRIK BERLIN
Find out more and book tickets here

Jack Pratchard Reviews

Audience and Venue feedback

"An amazing combination of invention, comedy, beauty, joy and deep sadness" Audience member

"A beautifully made and finely executed piece" Audience member

"I have seen many toy theatre performances over the years and this has a polish that sur-passes most." Ronnie Le Drew, Puppeteer

"The most wonderful cross between an incredibly beautiful piece of artwork, a dark fairytale and a feat of miniature engineering..." Ellie Jones, Artistic Director of Southwark Playhouse

"So much care, imagination and intelligence." Peter Glanville, Artistic Director of Little Angel Theatre, London


Press Reviews

Diana Damian

Using his finely crafted wooden easel and ornate toy theatre, Jonathan Storey transports us to the City of the Dead, where the recently deceased Jack Pratchard embarks on an epic spectral journey to save the day.

Storey’s narration is imbued with a surrealist sense of humour and delivered with heavy tone of voice; it’s clear that he enjoys his characters while still being able to keep a degree of narrative distance. He weaves in a number of literary references that bring an archaic quality to the construction of the tale, including a nod to the Greek myth of Charon, the boatman who guards the gates of the underworld and the space between the dead and the living; and Jack Pratchard’s reaction to his own death is reminiscent of Gogol’s satirical and fate-bound character Kovalylov in The Nose, both characters stand detached from and in awe of their predicaments.

The finely illustrated backdrops and characters give the piece a timeless, magical atmosphere. Moments of dramatic tension are marked by breaks from the stage frame. The living husband dances around the town square and out into the space of the theatre, laughing and giggling to conceal the secret behind his hat, guided by the narrator’s hands. Overall, Jack Pratchard is a brilliant feat of storytelling, with a timeless feel and an imaginative use of theatrical medium.

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Sally Stott

USING an intricate paper "story machine" Jonathan Storey tells a surreal tale of one man’s journey to the city of the dead to retrieve his wife who has recently passed away. If Mr. Benn appeared in a theatre show by Philip Pullman, the result would probably be something similar. Aided by tiny cut-out figures, pulleys, cogs, wheels and a record player, the likeable Storey delivers a modern-day fairytale which paints the afterlife as a kind of Atlantis floating inside a man’s hat.

Despite a rather sad undercurrent, this show’s imaginative vision and quite fabulous little machine, filled with unusual cartoon characters and a beautiful visualised miniature world, make it ideally suited to a family audience.

While the story revolves around a series of coincidences and a logic that is off the wall to say the least, the show successfully and appealingly turns death into something trite and humorous. Storey has a terrifically engaging voice, while his co-ordination of the machine and its inhabitants leaves you marvelling at such precision and timing.

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Masterful, measured and macabre; Jonathan Storey's unusual form of storytelling depicts the somewhat sinister fairytale which centres around the murdered Jack Pratchard on his quest to the City of the Dead. Using an elaborate wooden puppet theatre filled with intriguing nooks and crannies, Storey tells this peculiar little tale with a hint of sinister knowing, yet, also a bespectacled innocence, enthusiasm and clarity.

Every prop has multiple uses and no part of the wooden story frame is left underused. Storey is wonderfully resourceful, and the audience chuckle and gasp with delight as he deftly manoeuvres his canvas and record player resulting in surreal humour, a dreamlike story and a touch of the disturbing that make this quite unlike anything you may have seen before.

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Old-fashioned narration, snatches of live folk song and the sheer thrill of seeing everyday things made really, really small combine in this brilliant curiosity of a show from one man and his beautifully painted model theatre. If the tragic-comic story of one man’s journey to the land of the dead and back again doesn’t captivate you, the intricacy of its telling most definitely will.

You’re unlikely to see a more intricate show on the Fringe than this small and strange but perfectly formed offering from Jonathan Storey, part artist, part puppeteer and a very fine tenor to boot. There are model theatres and there are model theatres. And Storey’s is the Hampton Court Palace of the (under-populated) genre, with a wooden picture frame for a proscenium stage front, behind which rows of little metal runners allow him to insert layer upon layer of beautifully painted scenery, some of which can be lowered and elevated on strings.

Anyone would revel in the telling, a process on which Storey has gone so all-out that there is even an attachment that turns into a pub bar, on to which he pegs beautifully drawn pint after paper pint.

Jack Pratchard Tech specs

Available soon.

Star

[STAR is our first show for young audiences. It tells the story of a green-fingered Gardener and a tidy Tailor who live at opposite ends of the world, blissfully unaware of each other.] All they share is a bright Star glittering in the sky above them. One sad day this Star disappears. As the Gardener and the Tailor search high and low for the Star, they find some-thing even more amazing and unexpected... For the first time they see each other and a dazzling new world is revealed. Puppets and objects come to life as their imaginations soar to new heights. But will their Star ever return?

STAR is an intimate and interactive show which invites its audiences to sit amongst the action and discover the magical world of theatre for the first time.

A lighthearted and touching tale of friendship, needlework and botany.

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Conceived and Performed by Jonathan Storey and Seonaid Goody
Directed by Joy Haynes
Set and Costumes Designed by Anna Ekholm
Sound and Music Composed by Elspeth Brooke
Devised by the Company

mac Production Team
Producer: Louisa Davies
Production Manager: Lizzie Moran
Lighting Designer: Frances Rice
Stage Manager: Claire Browne

Suitable for 2-5 year olds and any other first time theatre goers
45mins
For an audience of 60

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STAR is a co-production with mac Birmingham and has been supported by Arts Council England.

Star Dates

Summer tour dates 2013

May 4th: Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich
May 5th: Arts Depot, London
May 11th: Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
May 12th: Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury
May 18th: The Curve, Leicester
May 25th: Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
May 26th: Square Chapel, Halifax
May 28th: mac Birmingham
May 29th: Carriageworks, Leeds
May 30th: Lighthouse, Poole
May 31st: Norden Farm, Maidenhead
June 2nd: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
June 9th: Prema, Gloucestershire
July 7th: The Boo, Rossendale

Star Reviews

Audience and Venue feedback

"What’s going to happen next? Something magic!" Mohammed aged 5

"I didn’t want it to end." Eleanor aged 4

"I really loved your show" Hamish aged 3

"Gentle, layered and lovely." Parent

"Fantastic, really imaginative and magical. Like going into a different world." Parent

"An exciting and unique production, excellent" Teacher at Marlborough Infant School


Press Reviews

Emma Mc Kinney

A world of talent to thrill kids.

Children’s faces lit up as soon as they walked through the door of mac’s Foyle studio. Happily, they took their places on a giant mat, covered in stars, which doubled up as the stage, for what was set to be an intimate and highly interactive performance. Instantly we were transported into the world of the show’s two only characters - a green-fingered gardener, who was busily potting seeds. At the opposite end of the 'stage' was the tailor, playing his violin and asking youngsters to hold his sheet music. Then the lights dimmed and the show started, cleverly telling the story of the two characters living on opposite sides of the world, both looking to the stars for inspiration. Savvy use of puppets, music and props made the show thoroughly entertaining and perfect for children aged two to five.

Star Tech specs

Venue to provide

Lighting: 30 channels of dimming
Lighting desk capable of recording cues (show file for Zero88 Jester available) 13 x fresnels
6 x narrow profiles
4 x parcans
8 x 500W floods
13amp power at tailor’s house for 2 x practical lamps

Sound: 2 x 350 watt speakers with stands
CD Playback
Sound desk with minimum 3 channels
Reverb unit or sound desk capable of producing reverb

Minimum 2 hour get-in required.

My mother is a fish

[A brother and sister were best of friends. They went fishing with their mother all the time. It was so much fun. Until her new boyfriend came along. Now the sister is imprisoned in a sinister monastery, and the brother is all alone. Whatever happened to the good old days?]

My Mother is a Fish is an absurd futurist-inspired romp with original music. It is full of love and loss, colourful puppets on wheels and giant dancing heads. Mechanical monks seduce wayward mothers, and a young man slowly loses his mind.

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Created by Jonathan Storey and Seonaid Goody
Music Composed by Stephen Crowe
Lighting Design by Emilie Cheshire
Stage Management by Sophie Goody
With help from Bob Goody, Anna Jones and Kirstin Smith

Suitable for 12+
Running time 50 minutes

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My Mother is a Fish began life in 2011 when Jonathan Storey was Associate Artist at Little Angel Theatre. There was a scratch performance at BAC in March 2012. My Mother is a Fish was subsequently developed with support from Norwich Puppet Theatre, Arts Council England, and Clarence Mews. It opened in November 2013 as part of the Little Angel Suspense Festival of puppetry for adults.

Supported by Arts Council England.

My mother is a fish Dates

1st, 2nd and 3rd of November 2013
5pm and 8pm

ROSEMARY BRANCH THEATRE as part of the SUSPENSE Puppetry Festival
Book Tickets here

My mother is a fish Reviews

(Predicted) Audience and Venue feedback

"I don’t understand. What’s going on?" Audience member (possibly)

"Is this really good or really bad?" Audience member (probably)

My mother is a fish Tech specs

Available sometime. Maybe.


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