Ideas, obsessions, needs and wants are evolving: after over 30 years in the theatre industry, what does a future period of work look like?
Theatre Absolute is at an exciting stage. Following the closure of our Shop Front Theatre late last year after 13 years, we have been taking time to reimagine the possibilities for future creativity within a post-venue landscape.
Ideas, obsessions, needs and wants are evolving: after over 30 years in the theatre industry, what does a future period of work look like? We’re calling it Project:Public and as always for us, it will be rooted in the social and the political. There are so many questions without answers right now, it’s about judging not where to land, but from where to take off.
That said, we know for sure that any further work will be collaborative, following in the footsteps of our projects Are We Where We Are and Humanistan – creating a series of commissions that invite collaboration with other voices, and other artists whose lead we can follow as much as they ours.
This work will most likely include some theatre, but equally it will range across other disciplines. At its heart will be our long-established commitment to narrative and storytelling.
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POLAROIDs, podcasts and PERAMBULATION
We have made a start, exploring, delving, and we’re delighted to announce that our first commission for Project:Public is with photographic artist and video maker Adele Mary Reed.
Adele is based in Coventry. She has been experimenting with and exploring photographic imagery, written word, collage, and video through diaristic practices from a very young age.
Keep an eye out on our blog and social media as Adele shares elements of her commission.
Project:Public is kindly supported by Arts Council England, Coventry City Council and The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Adele’s latest blog post here.