Founded in the winter of 2018 in an altogether too self-aware and hip cafe in Southsea, Jake the Dog is composed of Boyd Branch (PhD student at the University of Canterbury), Dr. Christopher Danowski (Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth), and Dr. Erika Hughes (Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth). We are expats living in the U.K, but we do get along with others. We specialise in creating and devising new performance works in historical and cultural spaces in the southeast, and are willing to expand to other spaces (but not in expansionist terms as we know how that plays out historically). We are resistant to late capitalism though we are products of it. We like fashion magazines, goat butter, and social dancing. Zapatismo, Boal, and Devising are the wellsprings of life; they should also govern it. Mandar obediciendo. Spur wild.
NOTE: THERE IS SOMETHING REALLY BIG COMING REALLY SOON, SOMETHING LIKE A NEW PLAY CALLED THE TAROT OF MARCI, OR MAYBE EXACTLY LIKE THAT, STAY TUNED THERE IS MORE TO COMETHERE WILL BE PHOTOS OF THE BELOW SOON:
SCATTERING SALT I (3, 4, 10, & 11 May 2019) at the Old Police Cells Museum
Brighton Fringe Festival
“…the production feels purposefully rough-and-ready, but in truth there’s nothing ramshackle about the performance we see… There are rules to the parallel universe we’ve been transported to, and challenging ideas in play - all of which, over time, we come slowly to understand.”
Richard Stamp, Fringe Guru (on the Brighton Fringe production in May, 2019)
Performance text by Kit Danowski, directed by Erika Hughes, designed by Boyd Branch; featuring Elliott Venables, Lorraine Adeyefa, Angela El-Zeind, Pascalina Ofori, Oceana Bertino-Kavadellas, Ayse Fletcher, and Joshua Cavanagh. A one-hour magical realist theatre/poetic dance party, part rite, part hallucination, and part mermaid song.
Made possible in part from a Research and Innovation grant from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth.
Scattering Salt II: After the Flood, or Scattering AF
Performed 31 October and 1 November, 2019, at Coast Guard Studios in
Southsea, for DarkFest 2019
This was the next, and last, segment of the Scattering series, and it,
like the revolution, was not televised. However we did take photos and
posted them on Instragram, as one does.