Day 15: Finding new languages via technology

by Vickie Daignault | Aug 5, 2016

We’re halfway to the Lab!

Today is day 15 of our 30-day countdown to Lab 2016. In just over two weeks, directors from all over the world will converge on Chicago to explore our theme of un/spoken: The Language of the Stage together.

We invite you to continue exploring with us as well! Today we’re taking a look at some of the new theatrical languages that have been opened to us via technology.

Ever wish for a cast wrangler to keep your actors in line? How about creating a giant claymation figure to lord over them?

That’s exactly what Paul Barritt and Suzanne Andrade, co-founders of British devised theatre company 1927, have done in Golem, a retelling of an ancient Jewish folktale. The group that burst on the Edinburgh Festival scene with Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea in 2007 now employs animation and the all too familiar language of technology to explore how we are mastered by our own creations.

Read all about the fascinating production here, and view a trailer and additional photos on the company’s site here.


Vickie Daignault works primarily as an actress but is delighted whenever she gets the chance to direct! With a emphasis on theatre for young audiences, directing credits include Story Theatre, The Dining Room, Quilters, Girls Just Want to Have Fun(original), The Dragon of Nitt (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte); A Joyful Noise(Reader’s Theatre Workshop NY); and How to Eat Like a Child (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Apple Tree Theatre). Outside of the realm of TYA, she directed Overtones for New Branch Theatre Co. and Blade for 3 Women at Once, both in Chicago. Vickie is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts and may be seen in the film Alien Hand and in a number of commercials and industrials. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association and is active on a number of Equity’s committees.