External partnership are crucial to our work, not least our wonderful train companies. Here are some of the things our partners have said about us.
Glen Neath, Writer, Artist and Theatre Maker
I am currently working with 11:18 on a project we hope to realise in 2016. My experiences of the company so far have been very positive: I’ve found them as a group very receptive of my input and open to what we can achieve with the piece. I initially approached the company because I was excited by their innovative method of making work and subsequent discussions about how the work can not only consolidate all that they do brilliantly, but also manifest their growing ambitions have been very exciting.
Our joint ambition is to make a piece of work that is accessible to more people than their previous bespoke pieces have been. The next stage of the company’s development is touring their work beyond the venue/festival that commissioned it. I think the platform by which the work is presented is very attractive for audiences and I am very much looking forward to working with them.
Jonny Pilcher, Composer and Sound Designer
I worked with 11:18 on two projects Mean Between Times and Portal. They presented different challenges but what was consistent was the imagination, passion and intelligence of the creative team. They pushed me into new territories but were always keen to hear my ideas and thoughts throughout the whole process. I think the initial idea of train journeys is a fantastic one. The movement of the train and constantly changing scenery somehow provokes a feeling of discovery, intensifying the search for meaning in music and stories, the train window acting like a film screen or stage. The team pushes this idea to the limit and the results are unique, moving, funny and always incredibly imaginative. I look forward to seeing where they travel to next.
Nathan Curry, Associate Director, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival
I wanted to find the time to write and thank you and the company from the bottom of GDIF hearts for your performances. Our audiences loved the work and we have had so many positive comments from the feedback cards and seen some great photos and footage. It was such a pleasure to have you at the festival and I hope you enjoyed it.
“Inspiring, valuable” – Audience member 2012
You are indeed both of these things, thank you. Best wishes from all the team.
Bryony Lavery, Writer and Dramaturg
I worked as dramaturg to this new and exciting group on their hugely successful and interesting second piece Mean Between Times. I was largely superfluous to requirements, as 11:18 are a group of four multi-talented theatre-makers who have a strong work ethic, a large bag of ideas, an ability to stage thought-provoking installations in the most difficult of urban environments and a talent for recording amazing aural experiences which they use to tell their intricate train stories. They have four unique brains, which they pool to produce a coherent artistic vision.
I am very excited to see how they develop their unique company.
John-Paul Conaghan, Stage Director and Designer, Fahy Productions
I worked with 11:18 on their City of Culture project ‘The Farmer & the Fisherman’ this audio promenade piece took audiences on the stunning coastal route from Coleraine to Derry. I was commissioned as a ‘Set Maker’ to build abstract installations in various locations beside the train route.
Working closely with Charlotte and Simone on the first phases of the designs and concepts was a complete joy, nothing was demanding or stressful, the way in which this company works is testament to everyone involved. Even after working outside all day in the blistering heat (which N.I rarely gets), we faced some changeling hindrances, and this didn’t deter all involved. We rose up and together we created beautiful installations which would only be seen for a split few seconds. Perfect!
Currently living back in Derry, I am in the early stages of my latest light design for ‘Walking to the Ark’ for the Derry, Playhouse Theatre at the start of May 2015. I’m also in the process of developing a devised piece for the stage, due to start after May 2015. Updates to follow!
Thank you Simone, Charlotte, Bii and Vala!
I hope you come back to N.I and we can create more beautiful perfections!
Lucy Glover, Development Assistant, Ideastap
11:18 was awarded £500 by IdeasTap through the Top Up fund. They were one of 20 winners from a total of 134 submissions. Eight IdeasTap members led the Top Up fund, who decided the premise of the brief and selected the final 20. IdeasTap funded 11:18’s Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (G+DIF) commissioned project to create an original piece of performance on the train journey from London Charing Cross to Greenwich. The Top Up fund is an award of £500 for any creative discipline to provide a cash lifeline to make an existing project become bigger and better. The judging panel was impressed by how their project met the criteria, incorporated multiple disciplines and artist collaboration. 11:18’s application was clear and concise, they specified what they would spend our fund on which was essential in making the decision to award the fund. IdeasTap and the panel are excited to see the outcome of this project and whole-heartedly support their mission. IdeasTap Funds aim to provide a platform for emerging creatives to realise their vision and develop professionally. We believe this project and 11:18 are exemplary of a company IdeasTap aim to support.
Catherine Howett, Head of School, Kingston College of Further & Higher Education
It was our pleasure to work with 11:18 on the 2011 This Now or Never Land project. At Kingston College we ensure our students work with as many professional companies and gain as much work experience as possible, it was therefore a great project for our students and one that we would be very pleased to repeat again. Great company, inspiring work.
Graeme Miller, Artist and Academic Tutor
11.18‘s debut work, tailor-made for the Victorian railway that inscribes a slow semi-circle through the inner suburbs of South London demonstrated the group’s ability to engage an audience with the lightest of touch. A skin of unobtrusive audio delivered secretly on headphones and strategic sites of installation and action created a particular mix of hypnotic detachment and surprise. They managed to take the details of the ordinary and make it mythical – often with the simplest of means and it was this quality of transparency and subtlety that made the landscape the main player of the work, relishing the uncertainly of what was part of the work and what was accidental. It showed a winning approach to work in real landscapes and real situations that can only develop with the group’s desire to extend this vision.
Sarah Evans, CSR and Partnership Manager, Southern Railways
Southern Railway worked with 11:18 to assist in staging its performance of This Now or Never Land in June and July 2011. The group were a pleasure to work with. Their approach was professional and practical; they were respectful of the constraints of working safely on railway property at all stages of the production and had the full confidence of myself and the station manager. Southern was delighted to be able to support a local arts performance group, particularly in the South London region of our network, where we are keen to continue building community partnerships.
James Ani, Duty Station Manager, Southeastern Railways
It was our pleasure at Charing Cross Station to welcome and accommodate a request by Charlotte Hodkinson and Camila Gonzalez to use our station as a base for their project. The project they proposed was very fascinating and we were delighted to offer the services of our own staff to contribute towards the successful experience of their intended audience. Charlotte, Camila and their “chicken” friend were a delight to host and they planned their train trips in such a manner that it caused minimal intrusion to our normal train service. The project which ran from the 22nd – 30th of June was a success by all accounts and I will be happy to welcome them back any time they wish.
I hope they go on to put on many more shows and wish them all the best in all their future.
Chris Robertson, Station Manager, Southern Railways
As a Station Manager for Southern Railway it always gives me great pleasure when I can help or assist with creative vibrant people who can see beyond the everyday life of a rail station. Charlotte and her colleagues did just that. They were a pleasure and delight to work with and the team at Peckham Rye also commended them on their professionalism and enjoyed the end result immensely.