THE CLEANSING OF CONSTANCE BROWN presented by STAN'S CAFE
@ A E Harris, 1st - 19th March, 18.30 & 20.30 (running time 70min)
(no perfs. Sundays or Mondays)
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Stan's Cafe were invited to pitch an idea for a participatory workshop for Creative Partnership's
National Conference in November 2006. There were to be 400 participants engaged for an hour in an
activity themed around the notion of a journey. The workshop had to be repeated the following hour
for another 400 participants.
We aimed to create an event that would combine individual engagement with a strong collective experience. A messy activity was ruled out due to the numbers and repetition. Our pitch was to create a sound piece with the delegates.
The final piece started with an airport style check-in queue and playful signage setting up the creative process/journey metaphor. Check-in involves being asked a question by one of eight stern staff and having to answer into a microphone. A post-it note is your passport to the next stage of the journey. A large rectangular board is silhouetted in strong backlight and smoke, on the reverse a landscape is built from post-it notes that have been drawn upon.
In the large main space participants hear their check-in answers within an audio loop piece. A radio play telling the story of a creative journey is recorded live with participants providing sound effects and performing fragments of dialogue. Finally a choral piece inspired by Cornelius Cardew and requiring no rehearsal is performed with a guest soloist.
Devised and performed by
Soloists: Melanie Pappenheim & Manickam Yogeswaran
Direction: James Yarker
Audio Director: Giles Perrin
Lights: James Markey for Mulberry Grove
Sound Engineering: Brian Duffy
Stage Management: Karen Stafford
Photography: Douglas Cape
Administration: Charlotte Martin
Commissioned by: Creative Partnerships National Office