Almost a decade after creating their first piece together, No Idea, the duo is back in action, touring the country with their long-awaited sequel with Improbable and the Royal Court Theatre, and supported by Arts Council England.
Back in 2010 best mates Lisa and Rachael wanted to make a show but had no idea where to start, so they went out onto the streets and asked the public. What story should they tell? What characters should they play? When they saw Lisa in a wheelchair and Rachael not, what the public said was funny, jaw-dropping and ultimately heart breaking. So they made a show about it. It was called No Idea, and it toured the UK before heading to the Young Vic in London and going to Syria and Egypt with the British Council.
Now people say the world has changed and things are looking up. There are more disabled people in the mainstream media, Lisa landed a big part on TV, disabled mates are getting regular auditions – happy days. So what kind of exciting stories are the TV professionals dreaming up for them?
Still No Idea
Still No Idea is the whole story (so far): the British public, the professional writers, the TV execs. Part verbatim theatre, part improv, part comedy sketch show, this is a raucous and mischievous exposé of good intentions gone bad and how sometimes no matter how hard we try, we still have absolutely no idea.
‘Crafted through innovative process’
Amy Bere, executive director of arts, Dartington Hall Trust, said: ‘One of the aims of the Dartington Live programme is to present live performance crafted through innovative process.
‘Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence are two brilliant theatre makers and performers, who confront their audiences in the making and sharing of their work together.
‘Packs a punch to our preconceptions’
‘Still No Idea is a fantastic example of a simple idea, beautifully realised that packs a punch to our preconceptions, echoing our programming in this season of performance that challenges and inspires.’
Still No Idea is written by Lisa Hammond, Lee Simpson and Rachael Spence. It is performed by Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence with direction by Lee Simpson, design by Ben Stones, lighting by Colin Grenfell, sound by Gareth Fry and projection by Adam Lansberry.
Still No Idea
Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence with Improbable and the Royal Court Theatre
Space Studio 1, Dartington Hall
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2018
Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions – suggested age guidance 14+
top image: Idil Sukan
(from a press release)