Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the London Neo-Futurists have been reborn as Degenerate Fox. Remember Opal Fruits? And how much BETTER they are now that they’re called Starburst? This is pretty much the same thing - same truth, same bravery, same unbelievable fruitiness, but under a new banner, flying a new flag, banging a new drum. And boy, is that drum loud.
Degenerate Fox produce theatre that removes all artifice - we are here, we are us, you are you, the time is now. We will engage, titillate, confront, expose, encourage, confess, and above all...entertain.
‘The Dirty Thirty' is a collection of thirty original plays which Degenerate Fox will valiantly attempt to perform within one hour. These play could be anything - comedy scenelets, dramatic monologues, intricate dances, games, songs, experiences, and stuff there just isn’t a definitive name for. Degenerate Fox create new material to add to the Menu each week, creating an ever-changing smorgasbord of theatrical delights. And perhaps most exciting of all? YOU get to decide the order in which the plays are performed! Yes, YOU! UNLIMITED POWEEEEEERRRR!!!
Come and be a part of a show in which each performance is an unreproducible, living newspaper of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental. If you’ve seen the show once, you’ve seen the show once. Just that one time.
The 1st & 3rd Friday & Saturday of every month at the Rosemary Branch Theatre.
Directed by Laura Killeen & John King
A new play by John King
Cast: Cormac Elliott, Clare McGrath, Kathleen Ryan
Sound design by Jake Wood
Music by Stephen Gage
Seán feels wronged when his boyfriend is excluded from a family wedding, and is determined to do something about it. What does it matter that they've just broken up?
'Eris at the Wedding' takes the story of Eris, goddess of Strife, who was an uninvited guest at the wedding feast of Thetis and Peleus in Greek mythology, and maps it onto an Irish family in 2017.
Staged as a work-in-development, ‘Eris at the Wedding’ looks at what it means to be a disruptive presence to those closest to you.
Performed to a sold-out house at the RADA Festival 2017 in the Gielgud Theatre.
Directed by Laura Killeen
Performed by Cameron Cook, John King & Marta Vella
OCTOBER 22nd 2016 4pm £3
as part of Bloomsbury Festival
15 Gordon St. London WC1H 0AH
SUNDAY 30th & MONDAY 31st OCTOBER 2016 7.30pm £10/£8
138 Kennington Park Rd.
London SE11 4DJ
In a double bill of physical theatre with A Sense of Humours
Taking inspiration from ‘The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other’ by Peter Handke, Then the Square Grew Dark is a piece of physical theatre which aims to explore how gentrification, overpopulation and wealth inequality is shown through movement, space, sound and interaction in a London square. Using a simple set up of just a bench, three actors, no words and a handful of sound and light cues, we experience a day in the life of a corner of London and its community as these three political ideologies become steadily more apparent through a mixture of mime, movement, clowning and live art.
Laura created the piece as her Masters dissertation to complete her MA in Text & Performance at RADA and Birkbeck College, University of London. The piece was originally performed by Cameron Cook, John King and Vanessa Vizcarra.
WINNER - Gold Remi Award for Best Original Short, Worldfest-Houston 2015.
WINNER - Best Writer of a Short, Chain NYC Film Festival 2015.
Laura stars as Lauren in ENGLISH, the story of a social gathering gone horribly awry, where booze flows and barbs fly as a college student and his girlfriend visit with a duplicitous professor. The arrival of a mysterious stranger leads to revelations of betrayal and revenge.
The film, starring Laura Killeen, Sean Hudock, Jay Leibowitz and Michael Barringer was shot on the RED Scarlet at Bravo Studios in New York. Artist Jim Campbell has illustrated the backgrounds, giving the film an added level of visual sophistication and uniqueness.
The first preview screening of English was at Museum of the Moving Image in NYC on September 16th 2014. It is currently being submitted to film festivals throughout Europe and the USA and won a Gold Remi Award for Best Original Short at Worldfest-Houston, the film's first festival showing.
Laura appeared in the World Premiere production of Christie Perfetti Williams' AN APPEAL TO THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE with Retro Productions in the role of Annabelle Pritchard. APPEAL takes place on one fateful night in May, 1961 in the farmhouse of Rose and Gideon Walker on the Alabama-Tennessee border. It is just after midnight when the Annabelle and the other lost Freedom Riders knock on the door seeking assistance in the form of a phone and a place to stay until daylight. But Gideon, who knows this is Klan country, is reluctant to let in this band of mixed race college kids until Rose forces him to open the door with the acknowledgement that "they're just babies." What follows is a touching story of race, love, acceptance and learning how to stand up for what you believe.
APPEAL ran for three weeks in May 2014 at The Workshops Theatre's Mainstage in NYC. It was nominated for three New York Innovative Theatre Awards including Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play and won the NYITA Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for Heather Cunningham.
All images courtesy of Kyle Connolly Photography.
Laura was one of the actresses filmed to be part of the video-animation RealWorld which comprises part of ROOM 35.
In Room 35, Erika Harrsh explores the possibilities of a multilevel artistic expression, creating an interdisciplinary collage with moving images, installation and music. Her visual realms are elaborately conceived and consistently layered with drawings, paintings, photography, videos and animations, all fused in a single innovative artistic vision. Room 35 is a sequence of videos with a non-linear narrative inviting and seducing the visitors to immerse themselves in a multi-sensory experience, to move within color and sound, into a space that presents an alternate vision of the tangential impulses of the human spirit.
Harrsch's videos and animated paintings fade and grow, as a dream, submerged in water, floating, contained and exposed. Shattered mirrors surrounded by gaping eyes, bodies in motion and shadows that kiss, with the hope that they touch the fissures of reality. The remembrance of a room where all is contained, life itself.
Room 35 premiered February 1st 2014 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, IL. A Beth Morrison Projects work commissioned by VisionIntoArt and the Krannert Center. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Created by visual artist Erika Harrsch
Composed Paola Prestini
Performed by Cellist Maya Beiser
Featuring the ©Erika Harrsch-LEDCello and the eyes of Laura Killeen.
All images courtesy of Erika Harrsh.
Laura performed with Carnival Girls Productions in Sideshow - 2014, celebrating an extraordinary decade of creation and collaboration by female artists.
Our mission has remained the same since 2004 when we gathered together twenty-five smart, strong and scrappy young women and debuted our first NYC-produced play entitled Carnival Girls. Several of these original performers are company members today, along with many incredible new artists.
Our yearly line-up consists of a short play festival in the spring and a main stage theatrical production or event in the fall. This year, Sideshow - 2014 featured a revisited production of the original Carnival Girls show.
Laura has performed with Carnival girls since 2010. Her piece THOSE WILD GEESE premiered at the Carnival Girls Produced This Round's on Us in 2014.
In the summer of 2013, Noche Buena Supper Club had it's inaugural event on the rooftop of Mogadeet - an art studio in LIC, NY. Along with chef Emil J. Narciso and Mogadeet owner LJ Ruell, Laura co-produced an evening of cocktails, entertainment and a 5-course meal in a beautiful, unusual setting.
Noche Buena Supper Club aims to create a unique dining experience, presenting inspired, creative food in unconventional "restaurant" settings. Noche Buena is gathering around fantastic food, with fabulous company.
Laura will be producing Noche Buena's second event in the summer of 2015, sign up here for more details.
All images courtesy of Monica Sekhon.
WINNER - NYSFSO Audience Favorite Award 2014
Official Selection - Alexandria Film Festival and New York Short Film Shootout 2014
Laura appears as Polly Portent in PRESIDENT OF THE FAN CLUB. Presented by abnds Productions and directed by Daryl Lathon, President of the Fan Club is the story of housewife Hanna and the fellow members of the fan club. They plan a secret trip to visit the unusual object of their obsession.
THE CORN SHOW is a late night variety show co-produced, co-directed and co-hosted by Laura Killeen & Sam Bosworth.
A cornucopia of American entertainment, The Corn Show (An All American Variety Show) is a delightfully campy evening featuring drag, tap, blue grass, comedy, budweiser, wigs, lil kim, stars, stripes, show tunes, sweet harmonies, spoken word, clowns, autoharps, comedy, acrobats and corn. Performers have included Lauren Elder and Allison Guinn of Broadway shows Sideshow and On the Town respectively.
Performed in August and September 2013, April 2014 and April 2015 at Secret Theatre, NYC.
Image courtesy of Amanda Kirkhuff.
Laura stars in a solo performance in HOMEWRECKA, the third film of the docufessional Afterschool Special Trilogy entitled GIRLSTORIES. This film trilogy is meant to reestablish the popular Afterschool Specials television program series of the late '70s to early '80s era and bring it directly into the contemporary world of experimental avant-garde art cinema.
WINNER - Best Experimental Film, Syracuse International Film Festival 2010.
Official Selection - New Filmmakers New York.
Written and Directed by Jane Public.
Performed by Laura Killeen.
Images courtesy of Peter Simpkin.