22nd April 2013
Give Me Back My Broken Night blog post
At the beginning of April Uninvited Guests & circumstance took to the streets of a very cold Bristol to perform Give Me Back My Broken Night.
The audience met at Harts Bakery, under the arches of Bristol Temple Meads, for tea and cookies, before being taken on a journey into the future of the Enterprise Zone.
Divided into groups, the audience set off with their guides to a number of destinations in the Zone. At each place the guide gave a description of the future, based on actual plans for the Enterprise Zone, or a utopian, nostalgic vision of the future, drawn from historical research about the area. The journey also took in a more dystopian possibility. Wearing headphones, the audience listened to a message from a future in which Bristol is submerged underwater, accompanied by a sci-fi soundtrack composed by Duncan Speakman of circumstance.
The audience also had the opportunity to propose their own version of the future. Participants were given a blank map and a mini projector and invited to describe what they’d like to see on a site where a building had been demolished. As they collaboratively described their ideal future architecture, an artist’s impression started to appear in glowing lines on the map. Click here to see the drawings created by audience members over the 8 performances.
The performance and your tour of the future of the zone ended with a planning meeting in Brunel’s Boardroom in the Old Station, where audiences had the opportunity to propose their ideas and discuss the drawings they’d made more thoroughly.
After one of our fictional planning committees, George Ferguson, architect and Bristol’s Mayor, said that Give Me Back My Broken Night offered the chance to design “unfettered by the limitations of adult reality”, that the show was both “innovative and fun”. Researching, making and performing this Bristol Temple Quarter commission has been a rewarding experience and we were really pleased with the public’s playful, imaginative and thoughtful plans.
There’s been some great responses and you can click here to read what audiences said about the show.
Bristol Culture’s review of the show is available here
You can also view some images from the performance on Flickr.
1st June 2010
Ghosting Lancaster, Summer School - Duncan Speakman (Subtlemob) & Paul Clarke (Uninvited Guests)
DUNCAN SPEAKMAN AND UNINVITED GUESTS' International Summer School 2010
Presented by the Nuffield Theatre and taking place at the Storey Creative Industries Centre and in the streets of Lancaster.
Ghosting Lancaster - a summer school for artists with an interest in sound art, site-specific performance, live art, participation and public realm, locative media, psychogeography, design and technology.
Imagine walking through a film, but it's happening on the streets you live in - it's a film without cameras.
Bristol-based sound artist Duncan Speakman and Paul Clarke from performance company Uninvited Guests will deliver a 6-day school exploring how mobile technology can be used in performance to reframe and fictionalise real spaces. Technologies used include live audio transmission, real-time audio processing, pre-recorded audio on mobile devices and accessible systems. No previous knowledge of the technology is required.
The school will be built around the conception and performance of narratives in the streets of Lancaster. These will be drawn from: material developed through documentary methods, exploring the personal histories of participants and the hidden histories of Lancaster, the adaptation of a film script, public interventions and relationships built with local inhabitants. Drawing on Duncan's recent Subtle Mob events (see http://subtlemob.com) the group will write instructions for one another and for audiences, tasks to carry out and scenes to enact on the streets. Drawing on Uninvited Guests' recent participatory works, co-created with the public, the group will explore ways of integrating people living and working locally, drawing on their stories and enabling them to feature in a collectively produced event.
The result will be a work-in-progress performance integrated into the real social space, subtly shifting behaviours rather than taking over. A public audience listen-in on headphones, following a mix of music, location sounds, story and instructions.
Participants will have a unique opportunity to explore and develop their knowledge of mobile technologies in performance, and gain insights into their application in a social and participatory context.
See the following websites for more info on the lead artists:
Early Bird Application deadline: Friday 5th June at midnight.
Final Application deadline: Friday 2nd July at midnight.
EARLY BIRD PRICES*: £160 full price / £140 NW-based artists and concessions
FINAL DEADLINE PRICES*: £190 full price / £170 NW-based artists and concessions
The Summer School runs full-time from Sunday 1st to Friday 6th August 2010
*The price includes 6 full days work as well as evening sessions and a complimentary meal/party on the night of Saturday 31st July. We can provide a digs list for cheap, local accommodation.
And there is 1 funded bursary place is available****
****If you would like to apply for a free bursary place in return for helping us out with running the summer school, please also send a brief account of what you could offer us. Most useful is technical expertise, but experience in project/stage management, photography or other relevant experience also considered.
See: <www.nuffieldtheatre.com> (in the artists support section) to download an application form. If you have any questions, please email or call: <firstname.lastname@example.org> or 01524 592994.