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All of Me: The Audio and All of Me: The Twine

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23rd November 2020
A woman sitting on the floor, holding a microphone, surrounded by white material and some scaffolding in the background.

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Caroline Horton & Co and China Plate present:

All of Me: The Audio and All of Me: The Twine

Based on the stage show All of Me (The Possibility of Future Splendour) by Caroline Horton

Adapting to new formats accessible during the pandemic, Caroline Horton and team leap into the digital, interactive world, to explore what might happen when we refuse to keep on keeping on.

It’s still about depression and death – sorry about that.

★★★★★ 'This is a show that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you, first with laughter, then with dread, then finally with a sense of awe at both the darkness and the light within us all' - The Independent

Caroline Horton’s All of Me was a sell-out hit at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and won The Fringe Mental Health Award and The Stage Award for Excellence. The original stage show was conceived as an intimate and absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen when we sit together in the dark. Now Caroline Horton reunites with director Alex Swift (Mess, How to Win Against History) to bring audiences two new versions of the show – one an audio experience, the other on interactive gaming platform Twine – a new space for innovation for theatre practitioners but already an established forum for creatives making work about mental health.

The audio version of All of Me was recorded in Caroline’s living room during lockdown, All of Me: The Audio is an intimate, absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen if we sit together with the dark. Adapted from the stage show, Caroline, director Alex Swift and sound designer Elena Peña promise a dark audio trip about dark things. All of Me: The Twine, is Caroline and Alex’s first leap into the world of interactive digital work, where the player must navigate their own journey through the show. Twine is an interactive tool for storytelling popular with the gaming community and other subcultures.

Speaking about the new versions of the show, Caroline Horton said “It’s been fascinating exploring the existing work from new angles, for example with The Twine we were able to create a much stronger sense of the cyclical nature of recovery, the player can really circle and cycle and repeat sections, whereas in a 70 minute theatre show your progression is more linear.”

A woman lying curled up on the floor, in a t-shirt and knickers, holding a microphone to her mouth.

© Ed Collier

Ed Collier, Co-Director of China Plate said “All of Me was an unsettling and extraordinary piece of theatre. These two new interpretations take the heart of that show and reimagine it in two very different mediums. Experiencing the audio version of the piece recorded binaurally, Caroline seems to plug straight into your brain, immersing your imagination in her world. The Twine version is something completely new for Caroline, the creative team and China Plate. Somehow it places the audience at the heart of the story seemingly offering you agency in where it goes whilst drawing you further into the darkness making you complicit in her journey. These new pieces are testament to the extraordinary tenacity and resourcefulness that theatre makers have shown in finding ways to continue to reach audiences through 2020.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ALL OF ME: THE AUDIO 

CLICK HERE TO PLAY ALL OF ME: THE TWINE

By clicking on these links to listen to All of Me: The Audio and to play All of Me: The Twine, you agree that you are over the age of 14 years old and that you have read the content warnings.

All of Me: The Twine explores themes of depression and suicide. Contains strong language. Flashing images and visual effects. Heightened description of drinking alcohol.

All of Me: The Audio explores themes of depression and suicide. Contains strong language. Heightened description of drinking alcohol.

Age Guidance: Recommended for listeners over 14 years old.

The following organisations provide valuable support and information around mental health issues:

  • Samaritans on 116 123 provide 24-hour confidential, non-judgemental emotional support | www.samaritans.org
  • Mind on 0300 123 3393 (UK) provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem | www.mind.org.uk
A woman wearing a head dress, standing at a table made of scaffolding, which has a computer screen on top of it.

© Ed Collier

CREATIVE TEAMS

All of Me: The Audio credits

Writer and performer – Caroline Horton
Director – Alex Swift
Sound Producer and Designer – Elena Peña
Original songs written by Caroline Horton and James Atherton.
Produced by Caroline Horton & Co and China Plate
Song credit: “One More Fluorescent Rush“, written and produced by Avalon Emerson (ASCAP); courtesy of AD 93 Records
Funded by Arts Council England

All of Me: The Twine credits

By Caroline Horton and Alex Swift based on the stage show All of Me by Caroline Horton
Illustrations and Design consultancy – Eleanor Field
Sound design – Elena Peña
Original songs by Caroline Horton and James Atherton
Interactive dramaturgy – William Drew
Digital consultancy – Jason Crouch
Produced by Caroline Horton & Co and China Plate
Song credit: “One More Fluorescent Rush“, written and produced by Avalon Emerson (ASCAP); courtesy of AD 93 Records
Funded by Arts Council England

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