Videos from two microperformances I’ve given over the last month!
What We Owe @ Five Minute Theatre
What We Owe is an extract from PROPERTY&THEFT, an interactive theatre project I directed March-May this year in Edinburgh and Glasgow. It’s an interaction designed for one participant, but for 5MT, the National Theatre of Scotland’s amazing 24 hour celebration of performance, we worked it up into something that worked for both the participant and a wider audience. Olivia, the performer, is rehearsed, but is largely improvising the interaction, while Roz, the participant, had no iea what was going to happen. What We Owe is part of a series of performances which, as part of an installation, make a much broader piece of theatre, but which can also be performed in a range of different contexts. You’ll be seeing more from the PROPERTY&THEFT series later this year.
This is not a riot. @ Artists’ Voice
Video at the Artists’ Voice site.
This is not a riot. was a 10 minute foray into ideas I have for a performance/workshop/lecture about violence and protest. The video shows clips from the performance, which included “A History of Violence Pop Quiz”, which asked the audience to decide whether particular acts were violent or not violent (or to give up choosing), “Riot Survival Storytime Adventure”, which used soft toys to demonstrate protest tactics, and “101 Uses for a Half-Brick”, which asked the audience to list creative ways to use a half-brick. It’s hoped that these elements will grow and be added to to produce a touring solo project fir me and OST in the Autumn.
Funny what turns up when you plug your name into a search engine. I didn’t know these videos had even been taken! They’re from a gig at Keats House a few months ago, where I do some work with the Emerging Poets Form — a group of young poets including Ray Antrobus, Simon Mole, Deanna Rodger, Dean Atta, Anthony Hett, Laila Sumpton and a bunch of other greats who’re working to build Keats House into a centre of exciting poetry work. I love reading at Keats House, because it has such a strange heritage: it’s now in the middle of wealthy London suburbia and feels like part of green&pleasant Heritage England, but it’s famous because Keats dossed in the back rooms, sponging off his mate, and holding sonnet competitions in the same drawing room you can see below. And though Keats is now a bastion of English verse, alienated from most readers, when he was writing he was young, brash, and on the edge of invention. Which is what the young poets working at the house aspire to.
Anyway, these are performances of my Chocolate Lightbulb Experiment stories. CLE updates three times a week with a 50-word story inspired by titles sent by the readership. There’re almost 250 stories up there now, ranging from sci fi to romance to serial killers, from naturalism to absurdity and back again. It began as an experiment to keep me writing and imagining, but is now something I’m deeply committed to: at least once a month it turns up something I’m quite proud of. And I should have some exciting news about the future of CLE coming up in the next month or two…
A performance of Movement, filmed at the December Inky Fingers Open Mic, the monthly live literature night I organise and compere.