In the Vice Like Grip of It

A Film and Theatre project Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

In the Vice Like Grip of It

To fund the research and development of a new piece of theatre, touring in 2016, examining the impact of contemporary surveillance


Who are we?

ivo are Olivia Furber and Jo Tyabji, theatre makers who specialise in creating performances that are directly influenced by the place they are in.

Together, they make work that is ‘site responsive’ and ‘nomadic’ meaning they constantly move around to inspire new pieces of work. They perform for and with people who may not think theatre is for them, using digital and live routes to meet new audiences.


Why we need you? 

We're very excited to be going on tour with a new show called In The Vice Like Grip Of It in 2016 to ARC, The Lowry & Theatre in the Mill. 

To make this happen we need to raise £1000 to support the research and development of the show this Winter, creating material and engaging with communities around the UK with a lived experience of being watched. 

The money is needed to cover travel and accomodation in the areas we are working in (Salford, Bradford and Stockton) and to contribute towards the creative teams' fees. 

In The Vice Like Grip Of It explores the impact of contemporary surveillance on our relationship with the state, and the bearing our intimacy with technology has on this. It merges physical theatre and the micro-naturalism of close camera work. It ask the question; 'what happens when you are in a relationship with someone who is always watching you and from whom you have no privacy?'. The show plays with our perceptions of live-ness and the ability of our personal devices such as phones and laptops to ‘betray us’.

Creating the show will be informed by our interactions with communities who have a lived experience of being watched. From the stars of fly-on-the-wall reality TV shows to those who have become 'persons of interest' due to their religious beliefs we will be facilitating focus groups and workshops throughout January & February 2016 in Stockton, Bradford & Manchester to gather reflections and stories that will inform the development of our work. 


How you can help us

We would love it if you could donate to help us reach our Crowdfunder goal. No little is too little, anything you can offer will help and be hugely appreciated. 

We know that not everyone can give. But it would be great if you can forward this email to other people, post our on your Facebook page, or tweet through your Twitter account, it will really help us. In order to have a chance at achieving our goal, we have to reach a whole lot of people.