Reading at The Other Room, The Castle Hotel, Manchester. 2 April 2014.
3 bird attempts (blackbird, mistle thrush, mistle thrush) & a reading from a play-in-progress (‘At First, From a Distance, I Thought it Was a Parasol’)
The Other Room is a reading series presenting experimental writers at The Castle Hotel in Manchester organised by James Davies, Scott Thurston and Tom Jenks.
BOX OF NO is short performance with powerpoint presentation. It takes the form of a circuitous and manipulative voiceover, based on a generic high-stakes TV gameshow, and addressed to a hypothetical contestant named ‘Sheila’.
The first Box of No was performed in 2011 at Supperclub, The Basement in Brighton. This revised version of Box of No was created especially for The Last Supperclub, The Basement, Brighton. 5 October 2013.
‘random name generator’, added to BOX OF NO for the 2013 edition.
teaser trailer for IBT13, 1:43
Slideshow Birdshow is a score for voice and uncooperative slideshow. It is a talk about birds. It is describing a sparrow, getting too close to a chaffinch and repeatedly failing to pin down a thrush.
Slideshow Birdshow has also been performed at Under Construction, The Gulbenkian, Canterbury (Nov 12) | Under Construction, Basement, Brighton (Oct 12) | Interrogate, Dartington (Oct 12) | Whitstable Biennale (Sep 12) | IBT: Up To Nature, Woodchester Park (Jun 12) | Forest Fringe at The Gate, London (Apr 12) | BLOP, Arnolfini (Feb 12).
The early development of this work was supported by Testing Grounds, who commissioned its early version, Bird Talk for a night at The Nightingale Theatre in Brighton. Further development was supported by Phrased & Confused and In Between Time.