Day 11 and 12 - The Race and the Resonance

written by Francine Dulong

The last few days before the show are upon us and we race. The most prominent phrase that comes to my mind is common language - how Haeweon and I are still building the common language of Blooming Ludus’s practice, how building a common language with another company is a challenge but then to add the gap of a different language is another step. I am so impressed and honoured by Taroo’s willingness to try new things and adapt their traditional forms. I do feel like we have found the beginnings of resonance between texts/narration and game structures. ‘Balancing the choices and invitations of interaction is really hard in participatory theatre’ (Haeweon translating Jongim’s words) - I completely agree with him, and given more time, we could play with those nuances. Yet despite the pressures of time and the inevitable stress of bridging language gaps,  we all feel that we are moving towards a common goal and asking the same questions:  are participant choices too limited or too free? why do we have certain actions in certain places and how do they make the audience feel in relation to the questions we want them to ask? how much information does the audience need, when do they need it and how is it delivered?

Whether drumming and improving lyrics, laughing at my haphazard mispronounced Korean or spray painting boxes in a loading dock, we move forward step by step….tomorrow we dress rehearse and move into the venue!

stay tuned!

After Power Story and a journey to Creekside!

1. Power Story was premiered at the Roundhouse

Power Story (2016 - Photography by  Upstart Photography )

Power Story (2016 - Photography by Upstart Photography)

Blooming Ludus completed the premier of Power Story(2016) at the Roundhouse on 12 June. We got amazing feedback from our audience and our play testers from this first version that will help us take the piece to the next stage. Special shout out to Olivia Lantz who came on as our third performer/tech in the nick of time!

A Q&A section after the performance was on LIVE via Periscope and Live Video at Blooming Ludus Facebook page. You can still watch them and comment them on Periscope, Facebook Page or here.

Huge thanks to We Are Now Festival team, the Roundhouse and our animator Dave Burnett for the greatly annoying and informative character of Schmammee. If you are interested in collaborating in the continued development of Power Story (venues, residencies, makers of all kinds!) or want to know about upcoming presentations of the piece please get in touch! More information about Power Story can be found on our Project page.


2. Do Rivers Have Mouths? - a new intergenerational project with Tidemill Academy and 3rdthought

A trip to Creekside 15 June (2016)

A trip to Creekside 15 June (2016)

This June, Blooming Ludus is working on an intergenerational project Do Rivers Have Mouths? produced by Kate Mail. Over four weeks in Deptford, we will be exploring creekside with students of Tidemill Academy and members of the theatre company 3rdthought. The project culminates in a promenade playground based on and performed with the intergenerational ensemble's experience.

Do Rivers Have Mouths? is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Do Rivers Have Mouths? will be performed at the Creekside Discovery Centre (14 Creekside, London SE8 4SA) on next Wednesday 29th June from 3pm. If you need more information please contact Kate (


3. Blooming Ludus now on Facebook!

Blooming Ludus created a Facebook Page:

Now you can hear the most recent news from Blooming Ludus on our webpage, Twitter(@BloomingLudus), and Facebook! Stay tuned to our Vimeo page and Periscope which will bring more LIVE events this summer!