HEROICUS REX - by Martin Gooding
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We have asked six artists each to produce a piece of artistic work over a period of one month, which can be viewed online, within the guidelines and restrictions of lockdown.
The project is supported by funding from Arts Council England from their Emergency Fund
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"What happens to the heroes when the heroic thing is to stay home?"
A 20 minute film created in lockdown by Martin Gooding
The film was made over the course of the month of May 2020.
Martin made the film within the limitations of his house - filming on his phone, utilising scrap materials to build props and costumes and only using locations he could access without leaving the house.
"While on lockdown I've been rereading a lot of the forerunners to modern European theatre, Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus etc and I'd like to take influence from here to build the narrative and form of my film, using monologue, poetry, song and music.
I intend to tell a family friendly story exploring the theme of 'Isolation' that will be at its core a comedy.
The question I want to ask is:
"What happens to the heroes when the heroic thing is to stay home"