Dangerous Waters

The Making of The Posters for Tiny Mayhem

Let’s walk through how our striking posters (soon to be up everywhere) came to be. See the first one at the bottom of this post!

Step 1:  Lots of Meetings

Before Tiny Mayhem, much of the gang hadn’t met or worked together. That means we had to meet a lot to make up for it.



(note the stain in the upper right, made during a dinner meeting at Street in Portsmouth)

We knew there would be body paint early on. More on what the “other” event is in the coming weeks! We also knew we wanted engaging and interesting art & photography to be a part of the Tiny Mayhem experience, even outside of performances.

From there the idea to do the 6 different shots came to be.

Step 2: Mock It Up!

Then we drew that shizz! Will there be a bomb in an upcoming Tiny Mayhem poster? You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled!!


Special Note: At some point in here we made Tiny Mayhem’s logo.


Photo of and by the lovely Cora Paradiso. (www.fermaphoto.tumblr.com)

Step 3: Paint & Shoot

Here is Justin’s paint station at Bill Truslow Photography (http://www.truslowphoto.com/) in Portsmouth.  He maintains that it was all really hard work painting people all day. Fun fact: red, black & yellow go on like champs. Blue, purple and pink, a bit trickier.



Step 4: Distribute Everywhere!

This step is the one we’re still on. In the meantime..


Big thanks to our model, Roni Reino!! (http://www.ronireino.com/)


Check back to see how the rest of the shoot and posters came out!

What are you talking about?

Tiny Mayhem is a monthly night dedicated to showcasing new work. People who are interested in creating and presenting their ideas get together with others, once they have a show they can present it at one of the events which are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at The Red Door on State Street in Portsmouth, NH. The first season will run from April to September.

If someone has an idea, but doesn’t know how to put it on, or doesn’t have the collaborators needed to get it on it’s feet – that’s where we step in with our experience, advice and feedback. The work that is presented might be new, and it might be untested but it is certainly rehearsed, and well produced. We ensure of that.

All performance are under 30 minutes, and can be as short as 30 seconds.  That’s us in a nutshell.

History Hurt No One

Want to know more about how all this Mayhem got started.  This post is just for you. No one else.

When Emily Karel and Catherine Stewart first met working with Arts In Reach, a creative arts organization that supports young women, in April of 2014 they immediately began to talk about the barriers to making, sharing and showing new work.  “I sometimes wonder if people ever actually go to the theatre anymore,” complains Catherine in a rather low moment.

The idea for Tiny Mayhem‘s precursor, Pint-Sized Plays, was spawned when the two looked at the major issues affecting the creation and presentation of new theatre work. Money, Location and Collaborators were top of their list.  “Long, large or complicated performances are hard to fund – particularly if you are an emerging artist or working outside the lines of traditional theatre,” explains actress and producer Emily Karel.  “Then you have to find a place that is willing to let you loose in their theatre. And if you have an untested show, or new idea that just looks different – then it becomes even harder.” Catherine joins in “And you have to find people to work with, even if it is a one-women/man show, you often still need someone to give you feedback, turn down the lights or cue a piece of music.  If you are new to an area, like me, then that’s even more difficult.”

And there they had it – the difficulties were obvious. What did they do? They created a platform that would address all those issues, and get more new contemporary work on a stage.

Tiny Mayhem was born.  Happy Birthday to you, little Tiny Mayhem.

This Is How We Do

This is not necessarily like us, but the we’re a little obsessed with Katy Perry.  More specifically, the music video for her song This Is How We Do.  Come on! Check out those dancing popsicles!

This seemed like an appropriate first post for Tiny Mayhem.  A tune to get you dancing, eye-popping colors and something a little fun!  What is Tiny Mayhem? This post won’t tell you. But there’s more to come…for now, let’s just enjoy some pretend fruit.