The theatre machinery is a theatre out of the ordinary. It's not a troupe, it's not a stage, and at the same time it's a whole theatre. And the theatre is momentary. It's there when you're there, and then it's gone. It can't come back again. It can be reproduced in the next performance, sure, but every performance is unique. The thought behind it is to play with how we, the theatre people, can bring our analogue, niche art to a world wide audience. How we can make tiny theatres in a digital world.
The theatre machinery is a tiny digital theatre containing experimental, internet friendly performances, and the thoughts, analyses and processes behind them. As a patron you get online access to my theatre machinery. Isn't it lovely? You can participate in the magical, tiny world of creating theatre, and I can do what I know and love: create theatre. And the bonus is that we get to do it together.
The idea behind the theatre machinery started with a €20 phone bill that I couldn't pay.
I was stuck in the middle of my bachelor production, and didn't have time to get a paid job because I already was working 24/7. The whole situation was quite tricky: Here I was, in the middle of a creative process, unable to pay my bills, and soon unable to use my most important communication channel: the phone.
So I thought "Hey, why don't I do what I know, I make create my own tiny theatre, post about it on the internet and let the people who appreciate it give me money for it!".
But it's not that simple.
Theatre is my craft (and my passion), and making theatre takes time. Sure, I've made plenty 10 minutes short plays in just 5 days, but when I've done that I haven't done anything else but that. Those are the kind of productions where you dream about your play. The mind doesn't rest.
Working that intensive is neither healthy nor cheap, so it's not a solution for a quick exploration of a play with the goal of getting paid. Making theatre is a slow, resource-consuming process, where the play simmers and brews and develops until the premiere.
And one of the reasons why I have such a passion for theatre is the long, exploring processes, with unexpected turns and a lot of stories that never get told anywhere but inside the theatre machinery. So much of that process is art, too.
All this developed into the idea of making theatre online, and experimenting with adapting the theatre to a digital platform.
How is this working?
As a patron, you're paying per performance, not monthly. I've chosen to do it this way because, well honestly, because of the imposter syndrome. I'd feel like I'm cheating people if they're paying me monthly and I'm not really producing anything. It's also to put that little pressure on myself to make more art. When I know that making art can help me pay the phone bill, I'm making more art. I'm applying simple behaviourism on myself.
If you'd rather pay monthly instead, you can cap your donation in the "edit pledge" settings, or head over to the donation part of my website, where you can explore other projects I'm working on as well. And if you read Norwegian there's a blog there as well, solely for your entertainment.
Last, but not least: Thank you!
For donating, for your interest, and for reading this embarrassingly long text. I'm so, so grateful. I'll write you a song and stream it from the rooftops ❤