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Everybody’s Auditorium
 

Everybody’s Auditorium

A B-Side Commission for Portland, UK

Over the past year, artist I have been gathering ordinary and extra-ordinary stories of people of Portland.  Working with The Royal Manor Theatre, I approached individuals as part of the ‘Sponsor a Seat’ Campaign, which led to some unique encounters. This intimate performance brings the local world into the theatre, where the neighbourhood is the plot, and inhabitants its characters.  A fisherman, a historian, a head teacher, an environmental campaigner…this is their story. 





 
 

CAMP (ON THE ESTATE)

In December 2013, the effervescent Scottee invited me to cozy up and gossip at the Regents Park Estate. I shifted the dirty laundry and found some hidden gems at Norwood Laundrette, gathering the thoughts of residents about the upcoming demolition of their community centre.





Photo Ben Pollock & Matt Mawford
 
Photos Clare Thornton

  

THE INVITATION

Over a year, myself and my facilitator Clare Thornton have met and created workshops and talking shops with older adult groups. The Invitation is the result of these meetings.

Within the show, I knit together some of the fascinating and rich stories from the memory banks of the participants. The show re-examines and remembers the abdication speech of the king, a childhood journey on the strawberry line, a debutante lying drunk on the floor of the Savoy, and explores the possibility of what can happen when parachutes are remade into blouses.

"It’s here at the end that we see the starting point for each branch of the show, the objects themselves. The bits of wood, lumps of crystal, the postcards and clothes, the lovely detritus that has somehow clung to these smiling folks. And I go home, and I open up an old chocolate box on top of my vinyl collection. It’s jam packed full of sugar cubes collected by my paternal Grandma, from all over Yorkshire and all over the world. After her funeral my Dad had clumped down the stairs, shown it to the gathered family, and said: “What the bloody hell are we going to do with these?” And I think: Tom would know."
Tim Attack, Writing for Live Art





Illustration Alexander 6
 
MOVE OVER DARLING

During Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History month in Feb 2010, I interviewed gay and lesbian adults of all ages in Bristol about their personal and social histories.

The work charts Bristol hangouts from the past including the Scarlett Coat, The Radnor Hotel and The Oasis. From the politically charged, such as marches and protests, to the mundanity of the all-female building, the show celebrates the full lives of Bristol's gays and lesbians through their stories. This show is being used as a model to make new shows in other cities across the UK. Move Over Darling was made with mentoring support from Peggy Shaw of Split Britches.

Download an audio clip of this project!
Audio Neil Rose

"Tom sings his song with the heart breaking surrender of someone aware of how many people’s visibility depend on it."
Saini Manninen





Photo Elaine Kordys
 
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
IN COLLABORATION WITH ELAINE KORDYS

This is a silent film made in response to The Twelve Days of Christmas. We made this film by capturing collective action with ten residents of Fountain Court, a sheltered accommodation home for the elderly in Gateshead. The table top was the central focus point with activity performed on the table by the participants. The final film was projected in Saltwell Park Gateshead, as part of Enchanted Parks Festival 09.

"Tom’s diversity has also made a significant contribution to audience development working on projects with older persons."
Helen Davies, Interaction at Arnolfini

 


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