Digi-Tales was a digital experiment commissioned from some of our most exciting freelance creatives at the height of the pandemic. Grace Okereke produced the project, which involved artists from the UK, Europe and the USA. Thanks to Digi-Tales, 40 freelancers were able to create together, supported by £80k Arts Council England emergency funding. Freelancers are still being hit hard by the pandemic. Help us get them back to work: click here to donate.
Puppeteer and designer Nikki Charlesworth took as inspiration the story of Flo, the central character from the outdoor show Splash!. This live production was initially commissioned by The Mighty Creatives and toured to festivals and events across the East West Midlands in 2019. Nikki divided her commission between herself, Oliver Vibrans and Helen Cherry. Together they worked with original cast members Rebecca Solomon and DL Williams, as well as Vita Fox. Three distinct video pieces emerged, all unique in their medium, aesthetic and message. Watch our Splash! Digi-Tales shorts below.
Flo-Motion by Nikki Charlesworth
Nikki created a stop-motion animation short called Flo-Motion that combines puppetry and illustration. It follows Flo as she dives into an underwater world of wonder, magic and freedom. But beneath the the surface, Flo finds the water is polluted and has to overcome this threat before coming back up as an independent young woman.
A Day in the Life of Helen Cherry by Helen Cherry & Rebecca Solomon
Helen Cherry played the central character of Flo in the original Splash! production. Her commission takes us through her lockdown journey to independence as she lives in her own place for the very first time. Rebecca Solomon as well as DL Williams, who both performed in the live show, supported the creation of the piece.
International Inner Cathartic Narratives by Oliver Vibrans & Vita Fox
Lastly, International Inner Cathartic Narratives* looks at the theme of sustainability from the original show, Splash!. Oliver Vibrans used both sights and sounds from the worlds of three different people living across the world. He recycled the material into a soundtrack of the 2020 lockdown, layering individual memories over the sense of entrapment we all felt during that time.
*Content warning: Swearing
Enjoyed these Splash! Digi-Tales shorts?
You might also enjoy our latest blog post about Nikki’s artistic process for creating Flo-Motion.
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