Impact Theatre Co-operative


Impact Theatre Co-operative

Impact Theatre Co-operative was an experimental theatre company founded in Leeds, England. It was active between 1979 and 1986.

The company's work was a fusion of text, music, visual and performance art.

The company's major productions were: [http://www.stanscafe.co.uk/helpfulthings/faq.html#impact_a Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Frequently Asked Questions ] ]

*"Ice" (1979)
*"The Undersea World of Erik Satie" (1980)
*"Certain Scenes" (1980)
*"Dämmerungsstrasse 55" (1981)
*"Useful Vices" (1982)
*"No Weapons for Mourning" (1983)
*"A Place in Europe" (1983)
*"Songs of the Clay People" (1984)
*"The Carrier Frequency" (1986) - written with Russell HobanThe core members of the company were:
*Pete Brooks
*Richard Hawley
*Tyrone Huggins
*Claire MacDonald
*Graeme Miller
*Steve Shill
*Niki Johnson
*Heather Ackroyd

Contemporary evaluations

In an interview published in 1987, Russell Hoban, who collaborated with Impact on "The Carrier Frequency", said he had responded to a question (from Fiction Magazine in 1983) about the best piece of fiction he had seen that year, by talking about Impact's "No Weapons for Mourning". He said in part "The distinction of "No Weapons for Mourning" has to do with a perceptual phenomenon of our time. ... the performance, not realistic, but hyperreal, has a syntax of image and sound, speech and movement ... These young artists effectively demonstrate that the circuitry originates not with computers but with the human mind, and it is there for survival as well as annihilation."cite book
title=Alive and Writing: Interviews with American authors of the 1980's
last=McCaffrey
first=Larry
coauthors=Gregory, Sinda
year=1987
publisher=University of Illinois Press
id=ISBN 0252060113
url=http://books.google.com/books?id=_iUSkqdhAYMC&pg=PA136&lpg=PA136&dq=%22Impact+Theatre+Cooperative%22&source=web&ots=i6wUdMtrV7&sig=uKuW5i3qddUBcX_5A0nxTa2tVJA#PPA136,M1
]

The legacy of Impact Theatre

Though Impact Theatre Cooperative disbanded in 1986, its creations - especially "The Carrier Frequency" - continue to be important in the history of devised and physical theatre. Frances Babbage, writing about a symposium held in connection with Stan's Cafe's recreation of "The Carrier Frequency" in 1999, said "Many companies since have cited Impact as a major inspiration, with "The Carrier Frequency" in particular achieving almost mythic status" [cite journal
last = Babbage
first = Frances
journal = New Theatre Quarterly
issue = 61
year=2000
title = The Past in the Present? A response to Stan's Cafe's revival of 'The Carrier Frequency'
url=http://books.google.com/books?id=6-fPtfJXsIUC&pg=PA97&dq=impact+theatre+cooperative&sig=zP8lOdZDf2AbWtBg27dPVbrCR50#PPA97,M1
] , while Alison Oddey mentions "The Carrier Frequency" in her book on devised theatre, "Devising Theatre: A Practical and Theoretical Handbook" [cite book
last=Oddey
first=Alison
title=Devising Theatre: A Practical and Theoretical Handbook
year=1994
publisher=Routledge
ref = ISBN 0415049008
url= http://books.google.com/books?id=CJO8shYNSZUC&pg=PR10&dq=impact+theatre+cooperative&sig=1bbNZjHfF1-txk1UojfhPnApyzc#PPR8,M1
]

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