Spin Out: behind the scenes with The Lost Colour

Spin Out: behind the scenes with The Lost Colour

We are so excited that SPIN OUT Festival is returning this summer for more performances around our wonderful town.

SPIN OUT is our annual season of open-air performances from the most exciting performers of theatre, circus, music, and dance. All of the shows are completely free to the public, offering both residents and visitors the chance to engage with and enjoy thrilling innovative outdoor performances.

The fifth performance is The Lost Colour, where we join Malcolm on his quest to find the pinky-est pink in the world followed by a puppet-making workshop.

The Lost Colour will be on at 11:30 am and 1:30am on Saturday 6 August, at Pavilion Promenade.

Join Malcolm Brushell, a professional painter and amateur alchemist, on his quest to find the pinky-est pink paint on the planet! Through cracking rocks, mashing every conceivable vegetable, and even bottling and fermenting his own cow’s wee, he has created every colour imaginable. Through stunning puppetry and an energy fuelled performance all on top of a van, join this race to create the most potent pigmented pink paint out there.

Following the 1:30pm performance of The Lost Colour, you can pop along to their puppet-making workshop, where each participant will cut, stick, and paint their way to creating their very own puppet. The focus of this workshop is to encourage all types of creativity where there are no wrong answers.

How are you feeling about the upcoming performance at Worthing’s Spin Out Festival?

This is our first time at Worthing’s Spin Out Festival and we are really excited to be part of such a great line up. We can’t wait to get outside and perform to a great crowd.

Tell us a bit about the show. Where did the idea come from? What can we expect?

The story of the show was inspired from a real life feud between artist Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor and the copyright of VantaBlack, the then blackest black material. From this we did a lot of research into the ways colours are made and wrote The Lost Colour where our artist Malcolm Brushell goes on a journey to create the pink-y-est pink (which Semple has released and features in the show!). Malcolm’s journey is mad, fast-paced, and action-packed, and it all happens on top of The Puppet Van. It’s a really fun story with lots of twists and turns, and a highland cow that takes down a helicopter!

What has the development of this piece looked like?

We first developed the story in Oct 2021 and it has been touring ever since. It’s the first show we have created for our Puppet Van and it has been really fun and challenging to create a show that happens 2m in the air on top of the van. We always love a show with lots of really different puppets and surprises so the creation of the piece has been a collaborative gradual process with lots of different artists and people involved, including the band Fishclaw who made a unique soundtrack for the piece.

What’s your favourite part of the performance?

We love the puppets of course, this being on The Puppet Van. There is a giant beetle, a highland cow and everything changes scale and we see Malcolm as a table top puppet. It’s really exciting to watch the set change as the story progresses and our audience is swept along with the puppets leading the action.

Anything else you want to share or feel is significant?

Join us for the puppet making workshop! This is always really fun and allows you to be creative with no real constrictions. It’s going to be a fantastic day out.

SPIN OUT is an entirely free festival, but it’s always worth booking tickets to secure your place in the audience. You don’t want to miss out! Click the name of the performance to book your tickets.

While SPIN OUT is free for you to enjoy, you can support us in other ways, from becoming a member to one-off donations. Click here to see how you can support your local arts charity, and keep the quality art and culture alive.

Worthing Theatres and Museum is a registered charity, and we are committed to providing you with quality art and culture. For information on how you can support us as your local arts charity, such as donating or buying a membership, please click here.

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