A week ago we bopped up to Leeds to run a workshop as part of the uber-hipster Diesel Island campaign (which you can check out here) – our brief was just to do something ‘ShellsuitZombie’ up there, but instead we decided to do something completely over-ambitious and as far as we were aware at the time of their publicity going to print nigh on impossible to pull off.
Isn’t it great, this whole revolution of streaming cloud-based media, taking on the world of TV head on. Why even as I type I’m watching Stewart Lee whining with a guitar in a program that aired a week ago, all through the magic of the internet. So we thought, what with the Diesel island being an island, why can’t it’s inhabitants do some sort of pirate broadcast. The world will finally see, live, what we few can do. And so the idea was born.
A month later, a monday night at 6pm (an hour before the workshop started) and we couldn’t get our £9,000 rented camera working. We had yet to fully sort out our lights, props, costumes, script, sound or cast and we were due to go live in three and a half hours. Yet this was all part of the plan. Our workshop members would eventually form cast, crew, set dressers, props guys, cameramen and boom operators, a feat that they ended up handling admirably despite there being cool beers for free at the end of the room. Somehow we managed to put on a half hour show involving three musical numbers, a bizarre quiz, several sketches (including a disturbing rendition of Tom Hanks and Wilson enjoying each others’ company) and an island QVC flogging bananas, cocktail umbrellas and ‘half a bottle ‘o beer’. It may have been raw, but it definitely happened and some people definitely watched it. Job done.
Here are some photos by James Mitchell – for more check his flickr.
Thanks to everyone who came and those who tuned in. Never again (until next time).