Dumbshow theatre ponder the joys of collaboration, and delegation

Oh the sweet joys of collaboration. It has been an interesting few days to say the least, to say the most would include a deluge of unutterable expletives, but do get in touch if you want the director's cut. I suppose the most challenging but also most exciting part of this process has been the ever changing 'idea', which has morphed more times than morph himself (why did he have to die with Tony Hart?).

We opened our net wide and were keen to collaborate not just with other artists, but with real people in our search for the ineffable notion of Utopia, and ironically it is this inclusiveness of a diaspora of differing opinions that have brought us closer to it.

Our process has been one of 'celebration through delegation', which has it's pros and cons like any process - on the plus side if you can trust your team, which we do implicitly, then the product cannot fail because you have the best ingredients - however, then you are faced with the challenge of the method, how do we mix these ingredients to produce the perfect dish. Will it all fit, are we doing our artists justice, will the narrative withstand the rigor of a discerning audience?

The word of the week has been flexibility, allowing ourselves to bend and shift so as not to snap ; we had an idea from the off, but it really hasn't been untill the last 12 hours or so that things have slowly settled into place (I say settled, what I really mean is jammed like a freshly opened ill-fitting puzzle), but I think that is as it should be, and that is what makes it all the more exciting and satisfying to see an experimental, challenging piece come together in such a short space of time.

We have negotiated radio celebrities, illuisive composers, tricky projectionists and terrifying taxidermists, but I think our product will be a best-seller.

"Our business here is to be Utopian, to make vivid and credible, if we can, first this facet and then that, of an imaginary whole and happy world."
H.G. WELLS, A Modern Utopia